Freshly caught fish of the Lake Hallstatt and the river Traun (photo: OOE Tourismus GmbH)

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Bone House in the Michaelschapel

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Visit the bone house, which is rich in tradition. 


Hallstatt's "Bone House" has been in existence since 12 AD. Kept in this charnel house are 1200 human skulls. 610 of them have been hand-painted, have been arranged according to individual family groups, and the dates of death marked on them.
The graveyard in Hallstatt is very small and there is no space to make it larger. In former times, cremation was prohibited, and there was a serious lack of room for new graves to be dug. Ten to fifteen years after a burial graves were re-opened, and the skulls and long bones which took up the most space were removed. The skulls were "cleaned" and then left outside under sun and moon until all that remained of these gruesome skulls was a smooth "ivory" surface. The most recent addition to the Bone House was in 1995 and this skull has been placed to the right of the cross. A woman who had passed away in 1983 stated her personal wish was to have her skull placed in the Bone House.

Nowadays, those who wish for their skulls to be placed in the Bone House must state this in their will. Ten years after burial, the skull is removed from the grave, chemically cleaned and then painted.
The two skulls under the cross have been symbolically painted with a snake (symbol of death and the original sin -> Adam and Eve). Above them is the cross of salvation.



Contact

Bone House in the Michaelschapel
Kirchenweg 40
4830 Hallstatt

Phone: +43 6134 8279
E-Mail: pfarre.hallstatt@dioezese-linz.at
Web: www.kath.hallstatt.net/gr-gott/
Web: www.dachstein-salzkammergut.at

Contact person
Mrs Helga Sejka
Katholisches Pfarramt Hallstatt
Kirchenweg 40
4830 Hallstatt

Phone: +43 6134 8279
E-Mail: pfarre.hallstatt@dioezese-linz.at
Web: www.dachstein-salzkammergut.at

We speak the following languages

German
English
French
Italian

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Winter opening times:
1st November 2018 to 30th of April 2019
Wednesday to Sunday daily from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Closed Monday & Tuesday!

Summer/ Autumn opening times 2019
1st of April 2019 to 30th September 2019:
daily from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

1st of October to 31th of October 2019:
daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.





General price information:

Entrance fee for adults: 1,50 Euro
Entrance fee for children: 0,50 Euro

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    A visit with an accompanying guide is available as part of a guided tour of Hallstatt. For details please contact the Tourist Office in Hakkstatt.

    e-mail: hallstatt@inneres-salzkammergut.at

    Arrival

    Accessibility / arrival

    For visiting the catholic church you have to walk on the small hill over stonesteps. Arriving there you have the possibility to visit the church, the historic bonehouse with over 600 painted skulls and an amazing view over the area and the town.
    - by car: parking area on P1, P2 and P3
    - by train: arriving in Hallstatt you take the ferry to Hallstatt, from the pier you walk 5 minutes
    - by bus: you arrive directly on the busterminal, from there it is a walk about 15 minutes

    Parking

    • Parking space: 450
    • Bus parking space: 15

    Parking fees

    From € 3,50 per hour
    Fee of coach € 40,00 per day

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    Suitability

    • All weather
    • Suitable for groups
    • Suitable for schools
    • Suitable for kids (all ages)

    Season

    Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter

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    Bone House in the Michaelschapel
    Hallstatt

    Visit the bone house, which is rich in tradition.  Hallstatt's "Bone House" has been in existence since 12 AD. Kept in this charnel house are 1200 human skulls . 610 of them have been hand-painted, have been arranged according to individual family groups,...