SALT HERITAGE WEEKEND IN SWITZERLAND
Length of holiday: 2 days / 1 night.
For: individuals, families, and groups.
Arrival in Bex followed by a visit to the birthplace of the ‘Sel des Alpes’ (The Alps Salt): The Bex Salt Mines. The Bex Salt Mines tourist attraction, still operational, which is a huge underground labyrinth, of which several kilometres are open for visiting. The circuit takes you through the most spectacular elements and the most characteristic different forms of operations for mining, since the first gallery tunnelled in 1684, still operational today. A unique attraction in Switzerland! At lunchtime, lunch in the underground Tavern of the ‘Déssaloir’ (only available for group visits), or an option for lunch outside of the mines at the ‘Auberge du Bouillet’.
Visit of the ‘Château d’Aigle’ (The Aigle Castle) or the Lavaux Castle as an option.
Transfer by train to Yverdon-les-Bains.
Open afternoon to visit the town with access to the Spa for a rest. The town centre of the 2nd largest town in the Canton has a large number of small boutiques and shops offering local produce. In the Summer season, the terraces on the ‘Place Pestalozzi’, (The Pestalozzi Square), are very solicited. The ‘Maison d’Ailleurs’, a science fiction museum, the Yverdon-les-Bains Museum (Musée et Région), or the ‘Centre d’Art Contemporain’ (Contemporary Arts Centre).
Overnight in Yverdon-les-Bains.
Transfer by train form Yverdon-les-Bains to Pratteln.
Visit of the ‘Salines Suisses’. The salt-works sites in Riburg, Schweizerhalle, and Bex, the ‘SALINES SUISSES S.A’ currently employs 200 staff and produce approximately 600,000 metric tonnes of salt per year. Through the production, storage, and trade, it ensures the production of all variants of salt on a national scale, delivered to the most remote parts of Switzerland. The Schweizerhalle Salt Works has exhibits and displays explaining the procedures for collecting the ‘White Gold’, from brine to the crystallisation of the salt.
The Schweizerhalle production site has a museum, the ‘Die Salzkammer’, that explains the huge varieties of applications in different civilisations wherein salt had an important part to play.
The 15 exhibition rooms, over two storeys, take the visitor into the wonderful world of salt. Blocks of 1,000 year old salt, historical salt recipients, poems and anecdotes, all remind us of the origins of the ‘White Gold’. The exhibition traces the history of salt mining and the salt trade, from the origins through to modern industrial production systems. The view down to an original mine shaft offers an impressive sight. The exhibition is in the ‘Glenck’ Villa. The Neo-Baroque style architecture, built in 1860, is on the location where the first salt extractions were made in North-West Switzerland.
Transfer to Basle for a visit of the town or a visit to a selection of museums of your choice.
THE PACKAGE INCLUDES:
– 1 night accommodation with breakfast
– A visit to the Bex salt mines
– Unlimited access to the Spa
– Train tickets depending on the package
– Visit to the ‘Saline Suisse’
– Holiday taxes
Preis per person
Prices starting from :
185 € / CHF 199
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