Inside a World Cultural Heritage

by Bert Schwarz

The Saltalpes trail from Prien am Chiemsee leads over 233 km through the Chiemgau and the Berchtesgadener Land to Obertraun at the Hallstätter See at the foot of the Dachstein mountains in Austria.

The pastel coloured houses, which are reflected as shimmering reflections in the mirror-smooth water of the lake and with its steeply rising mountains on all sides would alone be enough to guarantee the fame of this place.


Story, Camera, Editor : Bert Schwarz

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Boats calmly make their way through the lake from the train station to the village, which was courageously built on a narrow strip of land between the mountains and the lake. There is so little space here that the annual Corpus Christi procession is celebrated with boats on the lake.

The salt in the mountains above the town made it a centre of salt production. The Hallstatt period (800 to 400 B.C.) refers to the early Iron Age in Europe and was named after the village where the settlers and Celts mined salt here.

Today the amount of tourists is sometimes annoying and in midsummer it can get complicated if you want to book a room. Therefore, one should include Obertraun in the considerations that could keep its peace. Hallstatt's centre is the Hallstätter Markt and Hallstatt Lahn is near the cable car to the salt mine. The station is on the other side of the lake opposite Hallstatt, so you have to take the ferry to get to the city.

There is a lot to discover here: Numerous listed buildings convey their very special charm. Among the most outstanding buildings are the Catholic parish church with the late Gothic winged altar and the world-famous ossuary, which we will show in one of our next reports.

The offers of culture, recreation and sport will make your holiday in Hallstatt an unforgettable experience. Get to know the World Heritage Site from its lively side and explore the hidden corners and alleys. Enjoy impressive views - on your own or professionally guided. We'll be back to take a look at all these details and give you our impressions and tips. As always we move through our location like normal tourists.