The first tourists arrive

THE GASTHOF POST IS FROM THE 16TH CENTURY - IT FIRST BELONGED TO A SALT MANAGER AND AFTER 1851 CONTAINED THE IMPERIAL POST OFFICE. IT WAS CONVERTED TO BECOME HALLSTATT'S FIRST HOTEL IN 1855.

A few years later, brine baths were offered here to encourage summer visitors to stay longer. The Hotel Seeauer (Kainz) was added in 1884. Around 1900, Hallstatt served the ever increasing number of visitors with three hotels, ten guest houses, and a brewery.
Arrival was also more comfortable: in 1862 the paddle-steamer "Hallstatt" went into service; the maiden voyage of the "Valerie" took place in 1882. One was previously obliged to arrive in a rowing boat or use the narrow track around the lake - a road between Gosaumühle and Hallstatt was completed in 1875, and the railway in 1877. Rich visitors could be carried around by sweating chair carriers. They are brought today up to the Salzberg - where in 1926 an exhibition mine with a howling "Grubenhunt" (mine car) was set up - on a funicular railway from Lahn.

Out and about on historical paths

During a holiday, you might want to see more than just the famous tourist sites. Sometimes it’s exciting to search out and discover the smaller and more subtle points of interests! A great example are the popular themed trails in Hallstatt. On these paths, you will discover the origins of the history-rich UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Follow in the footsteps of famous painters and acclaimed writers through the wild and romantic Echern Valley or take a historical walk—with or without an audio guide—through the picturesque lanes of Hallstatt. The many themed trails offer the opportunity to combine a long, enjoyable stroll with learning about the historical background of the region. Better yet, the trails can be explored regardless of the season and in most weather conditions. We look forward to seeing you on the popular themed trails throughout the World Heritage Region!

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