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Hallstatt - Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt (German: [ˈhalʃtat] ) is a small town in the district of Gmunden, in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. Situated between the southwestern shore of Hallstätter See and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif, the town lies in the Salzkammergut region, on the national road linking Salzburg and Graz. Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, the archaeological culture linked to Proto-Celtic and early Celtic people of the Early Iron Age in Europe, c. 800–450 BC. Hallstatt is at the core of the Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape declared as one of the World Heritage Sites in Austria by UNESCO in 1997. It is an area of overtourism. Human activity in the magnificent natural landscape of the Salzkammergut began in prehistoric times, with the salt deposits being exploited as early as the 2nd millennium BC. This resource formed the basis of the area’s prosperity up to the middle of the 20th century, a prosperity that is reflected in the fine architecture of the town of Hallstatt. Hallstatt is a small village in the Salzkammergut, one of the most beautiful regions in Austria. It is situated on Lake Hallstatt and is one of the oldest and most charming villages in the country.

The village is famous for its picturesque alpine landscapes, its enchanting ambience and its rich history, which can be traced back to the 7th century BC. Hallstatt has always been known for its salt production, which made it one of the most important trading centres in all of Europe.

Today Hallstatt is a popular tourist destination offering beautiful hotels, cafés, restaurants and much more. It is also an important cultural heritage site, protected by UNESCO, where you can also admire many old churches, castles and ancient buildings.

Hallstatt is a place where you can simply feel at home, whether you are a tourist or a local. It is a place where you can enjoy the alpine landscape, delve into history or simply relax and enjoy the beautiful view.