Salt Mines – History of White Gold

Bex

For centuries the ownership of salt mines meant wealth and power. The salt deposits at Bex, discovered in the 15th century, are still mined today. The salt mines are accessible to visitors, a museum depicts the mining of salt from 1684 to the present.

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Language:
de, en, fr, it

Duration:
1/2 day

Persons:
1 - 100

Cost:
Yes

Season:
Whole year

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Between 200 to 60 million years ago, the present Rhône Valley was a shallow sea.The salt deposits of Bex in the Canton of Vaud are derived from the salt of this sea. A labyrinth of passages and tunnels, over 50 kilometers long, today yields 30,000 tons of salt per year.

On a visit to the museum and the mine, visitors see the various techniques of salt mining from the year 1684 to the present and the history of this white gold. A small mine train takes visitors into the subterranean world and to the restaurant located in the mountain at a depth of 400 meters. Unusual adventure tours offer treks into the mines and tunnels that date from the 17th century.

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How to get here

On foot:
From the Bex CFF railway station to the Salt Mines: about 1 hour and 20 minutes
From the Bévieux TPC railway station to the Salt Mines: about 50 minutes

By car:
follow brown road signs

Further information at www.mines.ch

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