Friedrich Simony explores the Dachstein

THIS BUILDING WAS ALSO THE SEAT OF A POWERFUL DYNASTY OF SALT TRADERS.

The Gasthof's name reminds us of Dr Friedrich Simony (1813-1896), who lived and worked a part of the time in Hallstatt. The young explorer first came to Hallstatt in 1840, when the glaciated high range was still considered a life-threatening horror. He explored every corner of the Dachstein Massif, and with his faithful guide, Johann Wallner, fought his way in winter up to the "Karls Icefield" (the Hallstatt Glacier, which was then even larger). In 1842 he reached the 2995-meter summit of the Dachstein for the first time. In 1843 he had the first primitive refuge built on the Dachstein - the "Hotel Simony" - near the Simony Hut of today.
In the same year he spent "...two September nights" on the summit. His efforts as a karst, glacier, vegetation and lake researcher, as well as being a precise draughtsman, and later a high-alpine photography pioneer, were the foundation of the newly formed chair of geography at Vienna University. His friend, Adalbert Stifter, gave him a literary memorial in "Nachsommer" as the main figure, Heinrich Drendorf.

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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