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.