Approaching Switzerland from Chamonix, France, the first tourist attraction on our list was a visit to the Sel des Alpes salt mine. We woke up outside the quint town of Leysin, Switzerland - with its spectacular Alpine views across the Rhone Valley towards Dents du Midi. This was the first of our FREE campsites in Switzerland and it did not disappoint.
Just a short drive from Leysin, you will find the town of Bex (pronounced 'Bay'), a town that developed due to the extensive salt mine in the area. We joined a tour of the 500-year-old Sel des Alpes salt mine. It's a vast underground labyrinth with several kilometres of the centuries-old mine open to visitors.
The tour is very popular as it is well structured and gives visitors a comprehensive understanding of the salt mining process. If you suffer from claustrophobia, you may want to think twice about this as the tour includes a very cramped train ride through the dark and narrow tunnels all the way down to 400m below ground level! We really enjoyed the experience and can highly recommend it.