Hallstatt, World Heritage in Austria
This picturesque village on the shore of the lake, which takes its name, owes its existence to rich salt deposits, which have been mined here since the days of the Celts and Illyrians. (Hall = salt, Statt = place)
Rudolfsturm (Rudolf’s Tower) sits on a mountain perch 855 metres above the village, guarding the entrance to the Salzberg high valley, site of a famous prehistoric burial ground and of modern salt-mine installations. „Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut” is a designated UNESCO „World Heritage Site“ since 1997.
Hallstatt has 7000 years of history, and here can be found, amongst many other fascinating features, the oldest wooden staircase in the world.
The “Man in the Salt” ...
... (a human corpse preserved in salt) was discovered here in 1734. Visitors to Hallstatt embark on a journey through time as they visit the Salt Mines, the bone house, the excavations beneath Janu’s sports shop and the ancient burial ground high up near the salt mines. Discover more of the fascinating history of this salt mining community during a visit to the Hallstatt Museum. A guided tour of Hallstatt will allow you to view Hallstatt from an entirely different perspective.
The old houses ...
... built into the side of the mountain sit like swallows’ nests, and make a very interesting photograph. Take a stroll through the Echerntal valley and admire the beautiful old houses. Continue through the woods to the “Waldbachstrub” where there is a stunningly beautiful waterfall. Here you will also find the “Gletschergarten” (“Glacier Garden”) which is a collection of impressive stone formations carved out over time by ice and water.
Hotels & Accomodation
Hallstatt’s inhabitants are proud of their long history and lovingly care for and maintain the old houses in which they live today. To visit Hallstatt is to re-live a long and fascinating history.
Information and contact
Tourist board Hallstatt
Seestraße 99, 4830 Hallstatt
Tel.: +43 5 95095-30