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Salt Mines

Between 200 to 60 million years ago, the present Rhône Valley was a shallow sea.The salt deposits of Bex in the Canton of Vaud are derived from the salt of this sea. A labyrinth of passages and tunnels, over 50 kilometers long, today yields 30,000 tons of salt per year.

On a visit to the museum and the mine, visitors see the various techniques of salt mining from the year 1684 to the present and the history of this white gold. A small mine train takes visitors into the subterranean world and to the restaurant located in the mountain at a depth of 400 meters.The mines can be explored further on foot. Unusual adventure tours offer treks into the mines and tunnels that date from the 17th century.

A variety of plain and herbal salts from Bex can be purchased under the brand name “Sel des Alpes”.