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Hallstatt

Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small picturesque Austrian village in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. It is situated on the shores of Hallstatter See or Hallstatt Lake. This beautiful area of virgin forests and mountains is known as Salzkammergut after rich deposits of salt (salz in German) that were mined since the ancient times.

 

 

 

 

Location: Upper Austria

 

 

 

 

Travel Destinations in Hallstatt

Today Hallstatt draws numerous tourists with its beautiful views and picturesque mountains. But in the ancient times it was salt that was most praised by the ancient. Salt extraction began in the area as early as 8th century BC. Archeological digs in the area of the Hallstatt Lake yielded thousands of ancient burials along with precious artifacts from the Iron Age. Below is the map of the archeological sites identified by historians and archeologists around the area of Hallstatt.

 

Prahistorisches Museum (Hallstatt)

Tel. 06134 828 015

Open: Apr- Oct: daily

Nov- March: Wed- Sun

Pre- Historic Museum of Hallstatt houses a small collection of artifacts found during archeological digs in the area of Hallstatt. Many of the items that started the museum were brought here by Johann Georg Ramsauer (1795- 1874). He discovered a massive prehistoric cemetery of ancient people who lived in the vicinity of Hallstatt. In total there were at least 1300 burials. Interestingly enough the actual settlement where people lived eluded the scientists. It might be possible that the ancient people were nomadic people who didn't live in one location permanently. Instead they came to the area of Hallstatt to bury their dead a the shores of Hallstatt Lake.

 

Salzbergwerk (Hallstatt)

Tel. 06132 200 2400

Open: late Apr- Oct: daily

You can take a cable car up to Salzbergwerk. It is an active salt extraction mine where you can see century old practice in action. The first salt extraction operations started in Hallstatt as early as the 8th century BC.

 

Rudolfsturm (Hallstatt)

Rudolfsturm is a medieval tower that date back to 1284. It was erected to take a look over Salzburg mountains and keep salt extraction safe for the local workers.

 

Pfarrkirche (Hallstatt)

Pfarrkirche is the main church in Hallstatt that stands on the shores of the Hallstatt Lake. It was completed in late- Gothic architectural style and it became a sort of a symbol of local pride and an iconic image of a quiet Austrian town.

 

Beinhaus (Hallstatt)

Beinhaus or Charnel House is situated behind Pfarrkirche. It was used by citizens of Hallstatt to store their dead relatives since the 17th century.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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