Water & Mountains in Hallstatt
Lake Hallstätter See is often called “Silent Fjord” and it is also the reason why many summer holiday makers are attracted by Hallstatt. Not far from its shores the impressive Dachstein massif ranks up high into the sky, which can be seen from many spots when on excursions at the lake and therefore provides a very special atmosphere. Fishing and bathing are among the most popular activities at the lake. But it also has an impressive underwater world, which can be discovered on scuba diving tours. Those who prefer to stay dry and still want to see the beauty of the fjord in the Salzkammergut can enjoy splendid views of the water on walks along the various hiking trails. The Panorama Path offers numerous glimpses of the picturesque village. But not only the area around the lake is ideal for hiking but also the surrounding mountains have a lot to offer: steep and demanding tours as well as shorter and more leisurely walks – there is something for everyone. Young and old will finally fall in love with the regional delights when they try a hearty snack at one of the pasture huts.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
Hallstatt is often described as the most beautiful lake-side town in the world.
Hardly surprising ...... the town is situated on the south western shore of Lake Hallstatt on alluvial sands from the Muehlbach river and has been famous for its salt mining since time immemorial.
ATTRACTIONS IN WINTER
Archeological Excavations (Janu Sports shop)
Evangelical Church by the lake
Candle-lit lake cruises
Exhibition of fossils and minerals (Cafe Derbl)
SKIING IN THE HALLSTATT AREA
(a regular bus service is available, free of charge)
Just 5km away, in Obertraun, is the ever-popular FREERIDE-ARENA KRIPPENSTEIN and Gosau, part of the DACHSTEIN WEST SKI region, is approximately 18 km from Hallstatt.
In the"Echerntal" valley (part of Hallstatt), there is a small practice slope for children and adult beginners (Skilift Speiger) with a drag lift.
Enjoy a romantic stroll around Hallstatt - the nearby Echerntal valley and the "Salzberg" are perfect on a winter's day.
Visit Janu's sports shop. Ice skates, skis, snow shoes and much more are available to hire. Then you are all set for the slopes, the outdoor ice rink or for tobogganing!
UNESCO "World Culture & Nature Heritage" Region
Hallstatt - the "salt town"
Salt was a product about 230 million years ago of the warm lagunes of the prehistoric Tethys Lake. About 50 million years ago there were gigantic shifts in the continental plates and the result was the formation of salt deposits in the alpine region.
There are records of settlers in Hallstatt as early as the Neolithic Period. The salt mining industry has been in operation since 1300 BC, and continues today. A brine-like substance is extracted from the rocks. This is piped to the nearby salt works, where salt crystals are finally extracted. It sounds like a straight forward process ...... There have been so many implications in the development of the salt industry such as forestry, manufacturing of tools, mining techniques, transportation , and of course provisions for local people themselves.
Many people describe Hallstatt as the "world's most beautiful lake-side resort".
Hallstatt joined the list of UNESCO "World Cultural and Natural Heritage" sites in December 1997.
PARADISE IN THE HEART OF AUSTRIA
Spend your holiday in the Inner Salzkammergut, part of the Austrian Romantic Route, for a truly unforgetable experience. Whether you come here to stay, or just pay us a short visit, you will enjoy the rich wealth of local culture, the opportunity to take part in different sports, or just simply to relax.
The oldest salt mine in the world
7000 years of salt mining in Hallstatt!!
Join "the man in the salt" on a journey through time at the Hallstatt Salt Mines - the oldest in the world!
Since 2002, the "man in salt" has been the central focus for visitors to the recently refurbished saltmines exhibition. In 1734 the body of a former miner was discovered, perfectly preserved in salt. Records describe the corpse as being "pressed flat as a board and features worn away by stone. Clothing and tools quite unusual, but completely intact."
The Dachstein/Lake Hallstatt Region is a designated UNESCO Natural and World Cultural Heritage Site.
This honour has of course much to do with the 7000 year tradition of salt mining in Hallstatt. Miners used to live in the high-lying valley which visitors can reach today by means of a cable car in just a few minutes. The story of the "man in salt" is true, and it is perfectly possible that one day another "man in salt" will be discovered in the mines.