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.
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.