Winter Sports & Spa in Hallstatt
Hallstatt offers many leisure time activities but other parts of the Dachstein holiday region in the Salzkammergut are also worth a visit when on winter holidays in this beautiful surrounding. What’s best is that you don’t need to drive long distances. There are several skiing areas within easy reach from Hallstatt: The Dachstein West skiing area in Gosau offers perfect powder snow conditions on beginners slopes as well as on more demanding ones. Snowboarder and free skiers appreciate the Freeride Area at Krippenstein and cross-country skiing fans can choose from a great variety of tracks. Despite the diversity of winter sports activities, rest and relaxation is also important in Hallstatt: Thermal baths and sole grottos in the surrounding area offer soothing moments for body and mind. You will feel perfectly looked after due to the delicious cuisine with specialities from Upper Austria and excellent service.
More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board
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.
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.