Enjoy Salzkammergut - Salzburg’s Lake District
Learn about Hallstatt’s rich history
Food and Drinks
Please note: this tour starts from the meeting point
Hallstatt’s rich history
Numerous archeological finds prove that humans have settled here for over 7,000 years since the Neolithic Age. The area has been populated continually since then. As early as 2000 BC salt was mined in Hallstatt. Further expansion of the salt mining over the following centuries led to a first economic golden age around 800 BC. The large burial ground in the Hochtal attests to the wealth of this era. A few decades after its discovery the period between 800 and 400 BC was renamed “Hallstatt Period”.
In 1997 Hallstatt and its surrounding area the Salzkammergut was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Tips for your Hallstatt Tour
Since Hallstatt is such a small town the best way to explore it is on a leisurely stroll. Don’t miss out on the “Bone House” right next to the catholic church and make it the highlight of your Hallstatt Tour! It is the only one of its kind around the world. The small building dates back to the 16th century and houses over 600 skulls and bones of Hallstatt citizens. The local cemetery is so small that the remains of deceased persons are exhumed after 20 to 30 years to make space. Their bones and skull are then bleached, painted and placed in the Bone House.
If you prefer a bird’s eye perspective make sure to take the funicular up to the Skywalk – an observation deck 1,100 ft. above the roofs of Hallstatt. Enjoy the breath-taking views of Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt. (Optional; members of this Hallstatt Tour get a reduced fare).
Those interested in history will enjoy a visit to the World Heritage Museum Hallstatt. It houses an impressive collection of archeological finds and historic artifacts from the long history of Hallstatt and its surroundings.
Hallstatt is a destination of most unique historical and cultural significance – be sure not to miss this hidden gem. Book your tour to Hallstatt from Salzburg!