World Heritage Village, Hallstatt

Hallstatt

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The Hallstatt village can be toured best on foot. The century old houses of the Hallstatt village will come alive and it seems they are conversing to you about its rich heritage, culture and life then. The small pathways, the houses , narrow steps leading to individual houses, the church, all are the core fascination points of this unique Unesco World Heritage village. They give you a peek into the world gone by centuries ago. The fjord like lake can engage you with its charm and beauty. Hallstatt has one of the oldest salt mines discovered in this world. One more unique attraction in this picturesque lake village is the Charnel or the bone house. You can spend a full day here in this unique village and for people who want to explore more, there are hotels for night stay too.austria trip 2272.JPG

Places to see and things to do

  • KalvarienbergChurch

This church is located at the  edge of the village of Hallstatt.In fact it can be the start point to tour this amazing lake village. It treasures some beautifully carved crucifixion figures from the baroque period. Also known as the Cavalry church, it is built to honour the sufferings of Christ, as a plea for owns salvation and in Hallstatt, as place of prayer for the miners and their families.

  • Hallstatt Charnel House
Charnel House

The Charnel House or bone house is located in St Michaels Chapel. It is an interesting tourist sites and every thousands visit this place. The skulls are painted with names or  inscriptions to preserve the identity of the deceased.

  • Cemetery of Hallstatt

Just in front of the parish church is the cemetery of Hallstatt. The graves cannot be occupied by any families. Every grave can be reused after ten years. We saw that angels of various sizes, candles and flowers placed on the graves made them so beautiful to look at.

  • Salt Mine

One of the oldest salt mines discovered in the world is in Hallstatt. It has rich salt deposits, take a tour to know all about salt mines and mining.  Salt is still discovered in the higher mountains in Hallstatt. Do not forget to buy the salt Souvenirs available in packets or bottles from the shops alongside the lake.

  • Hallstatt Lake

To enjoy a breathtaking view and for people who are camera savvy , a boat ride is the way to go. The postcard scenery of this fjord like lake is not something to be missed. Thus taking a boat ride is a must, go across to the other side to the Hallstatt railway station and back. This lake screams romance loud and clear, but the kids enjoy it equally, because the village view becomes a postcard picture from the lake.

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Lake Hallstatt
  • Skywalk

To get a breathtaking alpine panoramic view from above, take the impressive viewing platform on the Salzberg, also known as the ‘World Heritage Skywalk’. It is 350 meters above the roofs of Hallstatt houses. It offers a stunning view of the mountains and the lake, also the roofs of the century old house make an unforgettable picture in our minds.

Food

It was late evening and time for us to leave for the day. Since we were hungry we checked out a few place but seeing the menu it was difficult for us to choose since we are vegetarians.There was this place where the chef was so co operative- he showed us pics of the types of Spagetti he could make for us and also took us in the kitchen to pick the veggies that will go in the dish. This was a very heart warming gesture from his part and it truly reflects the very essence of Austrian people. We finished our meal, thanked him and decided that this is the place we would love to visit again in future.

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Restaurant by the Lake

The Village lists in the most beautiful villages in the world and if you are in Austria this place should not be missed. It is a truly fulfilling experience to be here in the old world charm.

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