hallstatt, austria (byers visit, pt. 3)

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hallstatt and hallstätter lake

the next stop on our route was hallstatt [G], a town that sits in the 40 meters between a lakeshore and a rock face that goes up 300 meters.
up to the end of the 19th century, hallstatt was only reachable by boat or narrow paths. i think the only reason that the village was established there in the first place, lies in the rich deposits of salt, which have been mined since approx. 5.000 b.c.
parts of that history can be seen in the salzwelten (salt worlds), a mining museum which offers guided tours into the mines.

decorated skulls in the beinhaus (ossuary), hallstatt

internationally, hallstatt is probably best known for the beinhaus: since there’s hardly any space at all available in hallstatt, the dead remained buried for about 10 years, after which time the bones were be removed from the cemetary. they were then painted and decorated elaborately, and placed in the beinhaus (ossuary).

last time we were in the region, we only had a few hours in hallstatt, which is why we stayed overnight this time. bräu-gasthof lobisser is located in the narrow part of hallstatt with views of the lake, and has comfortable rooms with typical austrian furniture.
(i recommend to reconfirm your reservation before you arrive in hallstatt.)

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2 comments on “hallstatt, austria (byers visit, pt. 3)

  1. Great photos of Hallstatt but my absolute favorite is "the Hallstatt schmuck." Anton played the part perfectly. Pirate Kitty is also pretty good!
  2. yes, somebody's either perfectly suited for the role, or a very good actor. :p

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