At the heart of the salt mountain - A lasting memory

Visit the Salt Mines

Discover the origin of the Sel des Alpes, as a family day out, on a school trip, on a corporate outing or with friends.

The Bex Salt Mines are now a vast underground labyrinth, several kilometres of which are open to visitors. On this journey of discovery you will see the most spectacular and the most characteristic elements of the various excavation techniques used from when the first gallery was dug out in 1684, right up to modern times.

An audiovisual presentation installed in an ancient reservoir dug out in 1826 as well as an exhibit allow you to relive all the stages of the three centuries of history of salt and the mines. Then a small train brings you to the heart of the mine. From there a pedestrian circuit of about one hour allows you to discover the incredible effort put in the underground search for salt springs, or the desalination of rock containing salt, which, at the time, was worth its weight in gold.

Due to important mining and renovations works the visit tours will reopen next spring 2018. Outdoors activities called Sel des Alpes another way will be offered during the summer season.

How to find us

By car or bus:

  • A9, exit Bex, follow signs for Bex and then the brown signs for the Salt Mines ("Mines de Sel).

By train :

  • Bex CFF train station, then 90 min. walk to the mines at a place called Le Bouillet (yellow sings for backpackers).
  • Bévieux BVB train station, then 50 min. walk through the forest to the Salt Minesl (yellow sings for backpackers).

By taxi :

  • Compagnie Taxiphone in Bex, tel. +41 (0)24 471 17 17

Download the brochure for the Sel de Bex Mines

Catering options

During the high season, the restaurant in the Tavern du Dessaloir, right at the heart of the Salt Mines, offers snacks and light refreshments.

Looking for somewhere pleasant to picnic before or after your visit? Our new contemporary space awaits you, situated at the edge of the forest in the immediate vicinity of the reception building.

If you would like a larger meal visit the Auberge du Bouillet at the Salt Mines and try some of its delicious specialties and dishes of the day. The dining room opens out onto a heated veranda that can seat up to 44 people. The restaurant has 70 place settings and can accommodate guests on its sun terrace in summer.

 Visit the Auberge du Bouillet website

Auberge du Bouillet
Claire et Claude Delessert
Route des Mines de Sel 50
1880 Bex 
Tel. +41 24 463 27 72

Things to do in the Bex Salt Mines

A visit

Plenty of adventure and lots of stories.

The Salt Mines of Bex is now a vast underground labyrinth, several kilometres of which are open to the public. A unique attraction in Switzerland! Take a ride on the miners’ train and discover the most spectacular and the most characteristic elements of the various mining techniques used since the first gallery was first dug out in 1684, right up to the present day.

 

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A meal, an event

Would you like to organise a unique and memorable event that is, let’s say…. 1,500 metres underground? Whether it's a conference, a seminar, a training day, or perhaps a drinks reception, a meal or an evening do, we can offer you the setting for an exceptional experience, far away from the trials and tribulations of everyday life!

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TrekkMines

For the more daring among you: Why not go on an adventure and discover the old galleries away from the standard tour circuit and enjoy the mine’s fascinating stories as retold by our experienced guides!

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