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The Saltworks Town
From archiepiscopal mining to the present
It was only in the 12th century that the archbishops of Salzburg rediscovered the salt deposits in the Dürrnberg as a source of wealth. In the heyday of Archbishop Wolf Dietrich, up to 36,000 tonnes of salt were mined on the Dürrnberg every year.
On the second floor of the Museum of Celts in Hallein you will find the princely rooms dating from 1756/7. The picture cycle on display shows the salt mining production in the salt mines, the brewhouses and on the wooden rake and is the oldest and most extensive of it´s kind.
The objects tell the story of everyday life in the salt town and the hard living conditions of the salt workers.