Hallstatt - Home of the salt

THE SALT EVAPORATED BY THE WARM LAGOONS OF THE PREHISTORIC TETHYS SEA, AROUND 230 MILLION YEARS AGO, WAS THRUST UPWARDS BY THE TITANIC PRIMORDIAL POWER OF THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT TO FORM ALPINE SALT DEPOSIT LOCATIONS.

Beneath high mountain cliffs, a mixture of clay, plaster and salt is contained in the soft "Haselgebirge."

Salt lured people to Hallstatt as early as the Neolithic Stone Age and mining has been continuous since 1300 BC. The salt mine today functions in the following way: tunnels are first blasted in the rock containing salt, which is then washed out with water. When the brine - a mixture of water and salt - has reached the proper degree of saturation it is then passed on to the salt works where it is refined. That sounds simple, but over the centuries it has required a complicated interaction between the various spheres of mining technology, the provision of timber, salt refining, salt transport, and not least, the supply of foodstuffs for the entire region.

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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