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Excursion A: Salty-beery worlds - Two Salzburg highlights in one swoop

8.00 – 15.00
€ 58,00
Sturdy footwear and warm clothing are required

Stiegl Bräu - large-scale production

Salzburg’s development is, as the name says, closely connected with salt production. The City of Mozart is also the secret beer capital of Austria.

Find out interesting and also amusing information about salt and beer during this one-day programme.

  • A miner’s welcome at the beginning of the tour of the mine with bread, salt and schnapps
  • Guided tour through the “Salzwelten Hallein” and visitation of the Celtic Village
  • Stiegl Brewery Cinema ‘The nature of beer’
  • Guided tour of the Stiegl Brauwelt and the large-scale production
  • Beer tasting and beer crackers
  • Souvenir from the brewery shop

The team spirit of the miners

Salzwelten Hallein
The Celtic Village

The hard and dangerous work below ground has always united miners into a close-knit community. As a group (e.g. as part of a firm or club excursion), follow the trail along a 2500-year history of success while discovering your own team spirit!

Experience the unique atmosphere of a location that, as long ago as 400 BC, had united the Celts into strong teams of miners, in order to mine the “White Gold” in the kilometre-long tunnels.

Learn how the enterprising Archbishop Wolf Dietrich von Raitenau (1559-1617), using the innovative technique of wet mining, was able to extract a huge amount of precious salt, and with the extra money gained, developed Salzburg into a magnificent Baroque city (today an UNESCO World Heritage site).

Deprivation and human fate are also inseparable from the power of the “White Gold” and can be felt to this day in the old tunnels. The group experience begins with the ride together into the mountain and continues rapidly down wooden slides into long-forgotten worlds.

Clothing for the mine: the temperature is a constant 10°C; sturdy footwear and warm clothing are therefore required. Admission to the mine for children is from 4 years of age only.

Excursion B: The Greater Salzburg Conservation Association and Schloss Hellbrunn – Trick Fountains


8.00 – ca. 16.45
€ 58,00
Sturdy footwear is required

© RHV Salzburg
© RHV Salzburg

Around 96% of households in the operation area of the Greater Salzburg Conservation Association are connected to the public sewage system. The high technical standard of the sewage treatment plant and the sewage system, as well as regular maintenance guarantee the reliable performance of the plant and the purification of all inflowing wastewater. The Greater Salzburg Conservation Association's sewage treatment plant works on a biological basis with a natural process by which microorganisms break down the inflowing pollutants. Certain chemicals and medicines, paints and varnishes, fats, oils and solid materials such as rags, toiletries etc. impair the purification process. Thus every single person has a decisive influence on the operation of the sewage system and the sewage treatment plant: the fewer harmful materials get into the sewage system, the better and more economical the wastewater purification process. Initial well-thought-out actions ultimately save costs and effort for wastewater purification.

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This plant processes household and bulky waste. Totalling approximately 140,000 tons, this waste constitutes the largest portion of Salzburg Waste Management’s (SAB) total annual input of 200,000 tons. The goal of this treatment plant is to pre-treat the waste in order to facilitate its subsequent ecological thermal recycling. A complex sorting and crushing procedure lies at the core of this process. Once the waste has been unloaded into the waste receiving bunker, it is sifted, roughly pre-sorted with a loading crane, and crushed by means of hammer mills and slow-running wood and waste shredders. From this point on, it is the main goal of the waste sorting process to leave in the waste stream only components with a high calorific value. Oscillating screens and air classifiers sort according to material size and specific gravity. Ferrous and non-ferrous metal separators remove recyclable materials such as iron and aluminum from the material stream. This intensive waste processing procedure produces waste fractions with varying degrees of particle size (from a maximum of 80 mm in length to the smallest material particles), which are then conveyed to the downstream baling press or the biological treatment stage. Through crushing and compression, the waste is reduced to onefifth of its original volume. The waste bales that are produced here are ready for railway transport to the incinerator and burnt in an environmentally friendly manner.

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The Trick Fountains – pure fun for young and old

From the very outset, water was one of the dominant design elements for the palace. Markus Sittikus also harnessed this water for the trick fountains and entertainment of his guests. The trick fountains allow you to experience, in virtually unchanged form, what brought so much pleasure for the archbishops almost 400 years ago: mysterious, mystical grottos, water-driven mechanical figures and mischievous jets of water spurting out from every nook and cranny. The trick fountains are so much fun, precisely because you never know what you will encounter next, nor what direction they will spray you from. Markus Sittikus had the trick fountains built to entertain, astonish, and give his guests a bit of a run-around. You never know what to expect at the Trick fountains. Only one thing is certain: it is a lot of fun. Water automats, grottos, fountains – Markus Sittikus had a system built that astonished, entertained and befuddled his guests. A status symbol and mannerist toy in one.

Not just a palace – a summer palace

Hunting lodges are there for hunting, residences to live in and to govern from – but what is actually a summer palace? Quite simply: a place for celebration, for pleasure and recuperation – a representative holiday domicile with a park and Trick fountains. Summer palaces were highly fashionable around 1615. Little has changed at Hellbrunn in over 400 years. Except that in earlier times pleasure was reserved for archbishops such as Markus Sittikus. Everyone can stroll through the park nowadays, take pleasure in the Trick fountains and celebrate in the palace.

© Schlossverwaltung – Wasserspiele Hirsch
© Schlossverwaltung – Royal table with palace

Excusion C: Wacker Chemie - Burghausen

7.30 – ca. 16.45
€ 58,00
Sturdy footwear is required
Because we cross the border from Austria to Germany, it will be better if you have your passport with you.

If you come to Wacker Chemie, you will have two lectures about Wacker. After this you will have lunch in a little restaurant. After lunch time there is a round trip through factory premises of Wacker. Following the round trip you will have a guided tour through a Wacker production plant.

Founded in 1914, the Burghausen plant is WACKER’s principal production ¬site and the largest chemical plant in Bavaria. The 2.3 km2 site employs almost 10,000 people in over 130 production units. The portfolio of products that are manufactured ranges from polysilicon and hyperpure silicon wafers to silicones, silanes and pyrogenic silicas, as well as dispersions and dispersible polymer powders, solid resins, fine chemicals and base materials for the chemical industry.

All WACKER business divisions have operations in Burghausen: WACKER SILICONES, WACKER POLYMERS, WACKER BIOSOLUTIONS and WACKER POLYSILICON. In addition to the parent company, other companies on site include Siltronic AG and former WACKER joint venture Vinnolit GmbH & Co. KG. All production and service units work closely together as part of an integrated technical and economic network, in compliance with the same standards for safety, health and environmental protection.

Production and Logistics
Five main raw materials form the basis for production at the Burghausen site: metallurgical-grade silicon, rock salt, ethylene, acetic acid and methanol. These and other raw materials and auxiliary substances are used to manufacture over 3,000 different products. In 2015, one million metric tons of WACKER products were shipped from the Burghausen site, roughly 30 percent (247,000 metric tons) by rail. In 2015, easily one million metric tons of goods were received at the site as well, roughly half of which was transported by rail. An on-site logistics center and a public container terminal directly adjacent to the site help the company integrate storage and distribution processes and combine shipments in a logical way. In one example of this system, a direct container train link runs between Burghausen and the seaports of Bremerhaven and Hamburg each workday.

A large number of investment ¬projects were carried out in Burghausen over the past year as well. Among the most important of these was the expansion of dispersible ¬polymer powders production. Dispersible polymer powders have been produced in Burghausen since 1957 for use as binders in dry-mix mortars. The latest expansion project (at an investment of roughly €20 million) increased annual capacity by an additional 50,000 metric tons. The move allows WACKER to further strengthen its global position as a leading supplier of dispersible polymer powders. VINNAPAS® dispersible polymer powders are used in a variety of construction applications, such as tile adhesives, self-leveling flooring compounds, plasters, repair mortars, external thermal insulation composite systems and cementitious sealing slurries, where they improve important properties in downstream products, such as adhesion, cohesion and flexural strength. The functional silicone fluids production plant was expanded in 2015 as well. The new expansion, which came on stream in early 2016, allows WACKER to meet rising global demand for specialty fluids and silicone emulsions in the coatings, paper, textile, cosmetics and personal care industries – areas where highly specialized functional silicone fluids serve as important intermediates. The investment (roughly €26 million) is of particular importance for WACKER SILICONES. The plant combines the siloxane precursor with other raw materials to produce functional silicone fluids. Thanks to the expansion, production capacity at Burghausen is large enough to meet rising global demand for versatile silicone fluids and emulsions.

Another project involved the application center for silicone release coatings, which received upgrades to its facilities and technology. DEHESIVE® silicone release ¬coatings have been used in the paper coatings industry for many years to make self-adhesive materials that separate perfectly from release liners. The new 380 m2 Coating Center in Burghausen combines a pilot coater, a test lab and a large selection of base papers and films used in the industry. This makes it possible to simulate and evaluate industrial processing conditions for silicone release coatings as realistically as possible, allowing the company to prepare new products for the market more quickly.

Power Supply
The site consumes roughly 2.9 billion kWh of electricity per year. Almost 10 percent of the electricity required is produced by WACKER’s own Alzwerke power plant, the largest industrial hydroelectric power station in Germany. The power station takes advantage of the 63 meter gradient between the plant premises and the lower-lying Salzach river. The water originates from the Alz river and is routed through a 17-kilometer long canal to the steep slope above the banks of the Salzach. A state-of-the-art gas-and-steam turbine power plant provides another 40 percent of the electrical power, and the rest is purchased from the public grid.

Environmental Protection
Along with continuous improvement of environmental protection systems, a key component of WACKER’s environmental philosophy at Burghausen is to make environmental protection an integral part of production processes. The sophisticated design of production facilities and efficient use of closed material loops allow WACKER to optimize its use of raw materials, thus substantially reducing emissions, solid waste and wastewater.

Professional Training
Burghausen is also home to the BBiW (Burghausen Vocational Training Center), a Wacker Chemie AG foundation. This training institution, the largest vocational training center the Bavarian chemical industry, is also open to other companies, offering entry-level and retraining programs as well as advanced training courses. Each year, WACKER has roughly 150 young employees who begin training programs there.

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