Hallstatt is a village of 946 inhabitants situated in the Upper Austria, one of Austria’s regions. It lies on the bank of the lake Hallstätter See and since 1997, Hallstatt – Dachstein/Salzkammergut has been inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage List.
The salt mining history of Hallstatt stretches back some 7,000 years. Village boasts the oldest salt mine in the world, called Salzbergwerk. Outside you can see a reproduction of a prehistoric hut. Although it is cold underground, individual levels are connected by wooden slides – a great source of fun for children and also adults. One of the attractions of the mine is the “Man in Salt”, a corpse found in 1734 right in the salt deposit.
The museum has the second largest display dating from the Hallstatt era. A tour of the museum takes you on a journey through time. You will learn about the Iron Age (worldwide known as the Hallstatt Culture) and some of the important historic events. If you wish to find out more about Illyrs, Celts, Romans but also the salt traders, mining history of the village and the life of simple people, you should pay a visit to the Hallstatt Museum.
Bone House (Beinhaus)
In the 12th century, there was no more space to bury the dead in Hallstatt. So the villagers decided to reuse the existing graves. They treated the uncovered the remains of their predecessors very respectfully – bleached the skulls in the sun and painted the names of the deceased along with floral patterns onto them.
Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) of the Echerntal Valley
The Glacier Garden is a relic from the last Ice Age. The glacier withdrew 12,000 years ago and left behind this wonderful natural monument. They only way to get to the see the Gletschergarten is to hike – in slightly more than an hour, you will be able to admire the ice mills and forests surrounding it.
Lets take a shuttle from Český Krumlov to Hallstatt with Czechshuttle.