While in Salzburg, we decided to book a Viator tour called Salzburg Super Saver: Bavarian Mountains with Eagle's Nest and Salt Mines which includes a great full day deal for visiting three places at once.
The meeting point for our early departure was the Mirabellplatz's bus station which was just merely two blocks away from our accommodation at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Salzburg - The Pitter.
As we leave the city of Salzburg behind and made our way to the alps on our A/C-ed coach, we were able to spot thanks to our tour guide the Untersberg Mountain which is featured at the opening and closing scenes of the movie The Sound of Music.
Once we cross the border into Germany, we started our ascend through the road (Germany's highest) that leads to Obersalzberg which is said to be an engineering marvel as it was completed in just 13 months. This zig-zagging road, quite unique in the world, has been blasted into the solid rock. A really good tip here is to be seated on the right side of the bus as you head up so you can enjoy the impressive vistas as well as see how far up and steep the cliffs are.
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Here you go through this underground mine plan which teaches you in a very interactive way about the history of the salt mines in the region and especially within this still in operation salt mine which is 490+ years old.
To begin, you are given a miner's suit to cover/protect your clothing before being taken into the mountain through tunnels via a small mine train for a length of 1,400 m. You then get to see some examples of the impressive "wet mining" process via interactive boards and maps.
For the adrenaline seekers, there are also two slides to go from one upper level to the lower levels which is also a photo occasion, so do smile for the camera as you slide down with your friends. The first slope is 34 m long while the second slope is 40 meters long.
After the second slope, you will be taken into the mirror lake via a boat that will take you from one side to the other while experiencing a light show from above that once it ends, you will notice how the ceiling of that cave is clearly reflected on the water below.
You will then go to the last exhibition, the Reichenbach Pump and then into an elevator which will take you up into the lobby where you started.
No tour is complete without visiting their shop, in this case the salt shop where you can purchase all types of salt-infused souvenirs that range from jewelry, chocolates, books and more.
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You will then be taken to the famous glacial Lake Königssee which is the deepest lake within the Alps surrounded by impressive mountains that rise above the lake. The echoing here is unique and it is a common practice to have someone play a trumpet which sounds would reverberate for up to seven times making those around be awestruck; nonetheless, this is only possible if you are on one of the electric-powered passenger boats.
For us, who did not have enough time to go on the boat ride up to the St. Bartholomä church at the other end, we had to settle for a walk along the lake up to this viewpoint: