On Saturday the birthday group visited Salzbergwerk (a salt mine) in Bad Friedrichshall. This part of the mine was turned into a museum visitors but another part is still being mined for salt. According to my brochure, two hundred million years ago the area around Bad Friedrichshall was part of an immense inland sea which adjoined a deep ocean. The inland sea eventually evaporated and because of a desert-like climate, there was an increase in salt concentration. Salt crystals formed and were covered over time by rock layers. In the 1800’s the Germans first started mining for salt in this area.
To reach the salt mine museum, visitors travel down 200 meters in a lift. Here is our birthday group getting off the lift. We then walked through the salt chambers, which were huge! It was almost unbelievable that you were underground and there was so much space above you.
There were interactive presentations about the history of salt mining. A 160 meter long geological drilling core ran the length of one of the chambers and you could see depending on the depth how the rock formation changed. There were also dinosaur replicas that the kids enjoyed.
One of the mining machines.
An entire wall filled with salt crystals.
In one of the chambers was a laser light that projected off the walls & floor and looked like the ocean breaking on the sand.
At the very end of the mine tour was a 40 meter long slide that small & big kids could ride down. One of the biggest big kids riding on his turn!