Hallstatt ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น

Hallstatt is a world famous stunning lake and village in an area of Austria known as the Lake District in the Alps.

Hallstatt is an important village because of its salt mine, which stands 300 metres above the village and is 400 metres deep. There has been salt mining here for 7000 years and 400 years ago a pipeline was built to take the liquid salt to the processing plant and remained in use until quite recently.

In 1734 an ancient corpse was found mummified in salt with well preserved clothes and tools!

Village Viewpoint

This is the world famous view of Hallstatt that appears on all the postcards and that you have no doubt seen on Instagram somewhere!

Top Tip: Go early!

Hallstatt
Hallstatt

Central Square

Also known as the MarketPlatz, this beautiful cobbled square is filled with guest-houses, shops and cafes all with pastel coloured facades. The perfect place to enjoy a drink and watch the world go by.

In the centre is the Holy Trinity statue, which survived one of Hallstatt’s greatest disasters: in 1750 a fire spread quickly through the houses, destroying the square completely plus 35 others and unfortunately killing 4 people.

This is also the place for open air concerts, other events and the Christmas market.

Central Square
Hallstatt

Parish of the Assumption Church

Stand on the balcony of this 500 year old Catholic church for a beautiful view over the lake and the Protestant church with the Central Square just creeping in next to it.

Hallstatt

Salt Mine

Learn about the world’s oldest known salt mine in this UNESCO World Heritage Site that comes complete with all sorts of exhibits (including Europe’s oldest wooden staircase), an underground 64 metre slide (like the miners used to use), a boat ride on a salt lake and don’t forget to have a look at the Bronze Age Cinema to understand what life was like in the mine all those years ago.

Top Tip: Buy your tickets here

Salt Mine

Charnel House

This is located in the grounds of Parish of the Assumption Church and is a filled with over 1200 skulls and bones! This is because the location is lovely so burial space is in short supply. In the 1700s the church had to begin digging up bodies that had only been there for around 10 years to make room for new ones. These bodies were then placed into Charnel House and once they had been properly exhumed, the families would place the bones next to their nearest of kin. As was the tradition then, the skulls were painted decoratively along with dates of birth and death for rememberance.

Top Tip: No photography in here

Hallstatt

Sky Walk

Take the cable car to this viewing platform that is 360 metres above the Hallstatt rooftops and marvel at the panoramic view of the moutains, lake and village of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Walk the 12 metres to the end of the platform and it feel like you’re in the sky. The view is spectacular. Not to be missed!

Top Tip: Check the Handy Travel Apps page for an app through which to book tickets

Sky Walk
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