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