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Hallstatt, Salzkammergut, Austria Photo
Hallstatt, Salzkammergut
SOURCE: Osterreich Werbung/Pigneter, courtesy of Austrian National Tourist Office, used with permission.

Hallstatt, a picturesque village on Hallstatter See (a lake), in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

With rich sources of natural salt, it was inhabited from antiquity. The earliest proof of human presence in the area around Hallstatt is a cleverly drilled bone of a cave bear dated around 12000BC. There is indication of settlement in this region from as early as the Neolithic Stone Age.

Today, apart from salt production, which since 1595 is transported for 40 kilometers from Hallstatt to Ebensee via a brine pipeline, tourism plays a major factor in the town's economic life.

Local attractions include: the Hallstatt Cultural Heritage Museum, Beinhaus (the bone house) in the roman ground floor of the Gothic Michaels chapel, where exhumed human remains are stored, the 7,000 year old Salt mountain salt works, Echern Valley with its Waldbachstrub waterfall, the Giant Dachstein Ice Caves, the catholic parish church and cemetary in the midst of the world cultural heritage village, the Salt Mountain funicular and the Rudolf tower.


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