Bad Friedrichshall-Kochendorf, 10km north of Heilbronn.
A6 (E50) exit Heilbronn, B27 north to Kochendorf, turn left.
|Open:||MAY to 03-OCT Sat, Sun, Hol 9:30-16 (last tour). |
Adults EUR 7, Children (6-18) EUR 4,50.
Groups (20+): Adults EUR 6. 
|Guided tours:||T=180m, L=1.500m|
|Address:||Südwestdeutsche Salzwerke AG, Salzbergwerk Bad Friedrichshall-Kochendorf, Bergrat-Bilfinger-Straße 1, 74177 Bad Friedrichshall, Tel: +49-7136-271-3303, Fax +49-7131-271-3200. Bandinfo +49-7131-271-3220. E-mail:|
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|1899||opened by the Salzwerke Heilbronn AG.|
|1901||pit named after König Wilhelm II..|
|1984||3,7km underground connection to the mine at Heilbronne created.|
|1994||mine closed, refilled with hazardous waste.|
|2015||scheduled end of refill.|
The tour through the Besucherbergwerk Bad Friedrichshall-Kochendorf starts with an elevator ride down the shaft to the 200m level. The Kristallsaal (crystal chamber) shows the beauty of the salt and the crystals it forms, displayed with indirect light. The Kuppelsaal has monumental reliefs cut into the salt in niches along the wall. It is used as a concert hall for the Musik im Bergwerk (music in the mine) concerts. Here is also one of those slides typical for salt mines, 42m long and 11m height difference. In the Technikkammer (technology chamber) the mining technologies for salt, now and then, are explained. A multimedia show explains formation, geology, mining history, modern mining, and processing of the salt. The huge figures aus dinosaurs are meant to symbolize the creation time of the salt, but we guess they are intended mostly for children.
The visitor sees mining technology like conveyors and trucks inside the mine. But this part of the mine at Kochendorf is not working any more. Most of it is refilled and used to store hazardous waste. The huge chambers, 15m wide, 5-10m high and 20m long eache, are ideal for this, and it is necessary to refill them to avoid collapses and the resulting damages on the surface. The part of the show mine is now protected by law.