The bizarre town of Hallstatt is enveloped by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world that was listed the World Cultural Heritage Site „Hallstatt – Dachstein/Salzkammergut“ by UNESCO in 1997.
Hallstatt - Dachstein/Salzkammergut
The mighty mountains around Hallstatt are riddled with geological oddities including caves, caverns, and lakes (Giant Ice Cave, Mammoth Cave, Koppenbrüller Cave). Flora and fauna of the region are exceptional and rare. Numerous archeological findings and a culture that spans two and a half millenniums make this place incomparable.
Salt is the „White Gold“ of Hallstatt. Human activity in this magnificent natural landscape began in prehistoric times, when its deposits of salt began to be exploited by the Celts. In antiquity, Hallstatt was a thriving salt-mining and trading center that gave name to the Hallstatt Period, 750 – 450 BC, an early Iron Age culture. Some 2,000 graves of prehistoric people and many Iron Age relics have been unearthed in the area.
The Hallstatt World Cultural Heritage Museum covers 7,000 years of the history of the area and provides visitors with interesting insights into the culture of this fascinating World Cultural Heritage Resort.
What’s more, you can follow the tracks of the Celts and explore the bizarre underground worlds of salt at the outstanding Hallstatt Salt Worlds, noted for being the oldest salt mine in the world. The Hallstatt Salt Worlds are open April through October and are easily accessible by a walk or by a ride on a modern funicular.
And hiking along the Salt Trail, „oldest pipeline in the world“, you are provided with interesting insights into the long history of Salzkammergut’s „White Gold“. Hallstatt occupies a dramatic position on the western shores of Hallstättersee Lake, jutting out into the lake at the base of a precipitous cliff and towered by the ragged stone wall of the Dachstein Mountain. Among its most impressive cultural attractions are the Hallstatt Museum, the Parish Church with its mountain cemetery, the Hallstatt Bone House and the archeological excavations.
The town is enveloped by some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world, such as the unfathomably deep Hallstättersee Lake with its rich supply of fish, the mysterious Waldbachstrub Waterfalls and the Hallstatt Glacier Garden in romantic and peaceful Echerntal Valley.
Dotted with lovely homes with lavish, timbered decorations, Hallstatt and environs are one of Austria’s remaining strongholds of genuine and authentic customs. This is reflected in distinctive traditions of song, dance and drama – which visitors are warmly welcomed to enjoy.