Hallstatt burns

THE FIRE THAT LEFT MOST OF THE MARKET TOWN IN RUINS AND ASHES ON SEPTEMBER 20, 1750, STARTED IN THE BAKER'S HOUSE, THE SO-CALLED "KEFERBÄCK".

Four people died on that occasion; thirty-five houses in the town center, and all documentation at the Court Administration Office went up in flames. The court and hospital chapel, the old Habsburg residence and the pan house, among others, were destroyed. A document from December 11, 1750, estimated the damage to the "Hallstatt houses, furnishings and materials that burned" at 32,025 Gulden.
The Salt Administration provided emergency housing for those made homeless, and decided to rebuild the pan house in Lahn. At the same time, the magnificent baroque salt works administration building was erected and, as opposed to the salt works removed in 1968/69, stands to this day. The new building phase in the town center, in the late baroque style, began on the empty site. Many of the buildings and cultural gems that came into being were donations made by the administrator and court secretaries, the highest and wealthiest salt works officials.

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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