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Grande Saline (salt works) and Salt museum
3 place des Salines, 39110 Salins-les-Bains Driving directions
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Jul-Aug: 9.30am-7pm (last guided tour 5.30pm), every 30min; May-Jun and Sep: 9.30am-6pm; Apr and Oct: 9.30am-12.30pm, 2pm-6pm; rest of year: 10am-noon, 2pm-5.30pm - closed 7-13 Jan, 1 Jan, 25 Dec

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On the banks of the River Furieuse, the saltworks (Grande Saline) produced salt up until 1962. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the place has been turned into a salt museum; it proposes a comprehensive overview of the historical manufacturing process. The visit takes you beneath the semi-circular medieval vaults of the spectacular underground galleries, which are 200m long. The factory machinery is still in working order: pumps, huge 38 000-litre pans, hydraulic wheel etc.

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