The house of the poor

THE SALT TRADER AND TOWN JUDGE MATTHIUS SOLLINGER DONATED A LARGE PART OF HIS WEALTH TO THE COMMUNITY IN 1763.

A grant for students and, above all, a poor house, was financed from this donation. Before the town fire the Court Hospital and attendant chapel, constructed by order of the Emperor Maximilian I, stood on this site. The first association for the education of workers in Upper Austria was constituted in Hallstatt after 1868, giving "...bread and work that fortifies us, our children learning in school, and our aged released from begging. "This self-help organization incorporated in due time a savings and credit association, a medical fund, a fire insurance, a pension society, a burial fund and a consumer association. In 1876 followed the "General Medical-Support Association." For a small monthly contribution, everyone could receive "...support in cases of sickness and exemption from burial costs - because here in Hallstatt incomes are very slight."

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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