© Panoramic view of the Dachstein Salzkammergut (photo: Sven Posch / www.viewnect.com)
© Panorama Lake Hallstatt (Photo: Sven Posch/www.viewnect.com)
The panorama from Lake Hallstatt in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut. (Photo: Sven Posch/www.viewnect.com)

World Heritage Hallstatt-


UNESCO World Heritage Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut

Welcome to a holiday experience of an extraordinary kind.
Welcome to the UNESCO World Heritage Region in the Dachstein Salzkammergut!


Take some time out and marvel at the many different facets of the World Heritage of the Dachstein Salzkammergut!  Immerse yourself in its natural heritage, in its architecture, cultural attractions and sites of cultural, historic and archaeological interest. Just as important are the people with their authentic and time-honoured traditions and customs. You will soon discover that they are all inextricably linked.....

World Heritage and its many aspects

World heritage in the Inner Salzkammergut is no museum piece. It is a living space which arose geologically from the primeval seas and is culturally significant due to more than 7000 years in the history of salt. As nature has evolved, salt, ammonites and gigantic caves in the mountains have been left behind. The cultural history of the region is reflected in the numerous historical sites of interest and archaeological finds. The local people are the preservers of their World Heritage. They have carried it with them into modern times and preserved it.


Historical Ground in the Dachstein Salzkammergut

As early as prehistoric times, the people of Hallstatt used simple “hatchets” made from deer antlers to extract salt which, far away from the sea, was extremely valuable and considered to be “white gold”. During the Bronze Age, tools from the “Hallstatt Age” were used to construct an impressive network of mining galleries in the mountainside.  After the Celts came the Romans who were followed by the”Salzfürsten” or “Salt Princes”. The thousands of years in the history of salt and the people who worked hard to develop the salt mining industry and were responsible for shaping the region, establishing its customs and traditions and developing its architecture and ways of life.  


Getting up close with the World Heritage

For those who wish to explore the numerous sites of historical interest and local finds, we recommend tours of the oldest salt mine in the world, a stroll along the salt pipeline and visits to excavations, museums and many other sites of interest which are scattered across the region.   Other aspects of local World Heritage can be discovered by visiting our many “magical places” such as the Dachstein Krippenstein, the Gosaukamm, the area around Lake Hallstatt and theLakes in Gosau.  The World Heritage communities Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt, Hallstatt, Obertraun and Gosau at Dachstein each have their own special charms as well as time-honoured traditions and customs.

The following photo gallery can be navigated with the arrow keys (left, right).

Customs and traditions

How have customs and traditions retained their authenticity?  Warum das Brauchtum so unverfälscht ist? The somewhat isolated valley developed throughout the centuries relatively independently and consequently, unique customs and traditions were developed. Local people are devoted to these practices which have been handed down from generation to generation, and traditional handicrafts are still being carried out today. Traditional folk events have a fixed place on the social calendar each year. The world Heritage Region is also home to authentic, Austrian folk music. For local people, there is nothing more natural in the world than coming together to sing, to make music and to dance. 


The Fuhr at Lake Hallstatt - intangible cultural heritage

The traditional wooden ferries, called "Fuhr", "Zille" or "Plaette", have a history that dates back to the 13th century. Because in this time it was necessary to transport goods and also people over the waters of the Inner Salzkammergut, the Lake Hallstatt and the Traun. During this time the salt mine in Hallstatt was put back into operation.

The "Fuhr" is made only by hand and mainly from the wood of spruce, fir and also larch. It is an elongated boat with little draught, so that the goods could be transported both downstream and upstream.

Today the ferries are mostly used only for private use. Especially at events such as the Corpus Christi procession in Hallstatt, the Weisenblasen on Lake Hallstatt or for lake tours.


Traditional dress: Dirndl & Leather Trousers

The typical national costume - Dirndl for women and leather trousers for men is, of course, still worn nowadays in our World Heritage Region, especially on feast days. The communities of the Dachstein Salzkammergut Holiday Region are proud of their “costume” which has not been influenced by tourism. This has also become a major part of the region over the last 100 years


Post Script: Show your appreciation

Local people are eager to share the beauty of their World Heritage region, and are renowned for their outstanding hospitality. The preservation of nature and the local environment have, of course, always been of upmost importance. * Enjoy the surrounding World Heritage and get close to nature, cultural treasures and the living space of the local people. Show your appreciation. You will be thanked for it. 


The Alpine Region Hallstatt/Dachstein Salzkammergut is an extraordinary example of a natural landscape of outstanding beauty and special scientific significance, which also bears witness to early and continuous human, economic and cultural activity.

– UNESCO COMMITTEE: December 1997 

Contact & Service

Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut
Kirchengasse 4
4822 Bad Goisern

Phone+43 5 95095
Fax machine+43 5 95095-74


Don’t hesitate to contact the team of local guides for any questions about the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut.

The 4 World Heritage villages:


Bad Goisern at Lake Hallstatt

Tradition and customs, folk music and craftsmanship, harmony and opposites - this is what unites the Goiserer valley in the heart of the Salzkammergut. The birthplace of Hubert von Goisern gently hugs Lake Hallstatt in the north and the imperial city…

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Gosau at Dachstein

Gosau at Dachstein, the small but picturesque village at the southernmost point of Upper Austria, is well embedded in the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut. The hiking paradise in Gosau at DachsteinNo matter whether you come over the Gschütt…

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The World Cultural Heritage site Hallstatt is considered one of the most beautiful villages on a lake in the world. Embedded in the mountain and lake landscape of the Holiday Region Dachstein Salzkammergut, the small village enchants with its unique…

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Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt

Obertraun at the foot of the Dachstein Krippenstein is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut. Nestled among the imposing mountains, on the shores of Lake Hallstatt, this small town is the ideal starting point for…

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