Sunday, May 27, 2012
The mining history in the area dates back to around the 8th century BC when Celtic people mined salt in the region. In fact, two perfectly preserved Celtic miners have been found in the Hallein salt mine.
In more recent history, there have been many small wars fought over salt rights between the Austrians and the Bavarians. A large portion of the mine is located under Germany. To end the wars an agreement on land rights was reached.