In the Badergraben

THE HALLSTATT BARBERS AND DOCTORS LIVED HERE FROM THE MIDDLE AGES. PEOPLE FOUND NOT ONLY MEDICAL HELP HERE - THEY COULD ALSO USE THE BATHING FACILITIES AND THE STEAM BATHS.

The social situation among the salt workers was generally better than in other economic areas. A hospital for the sick and needy was here in the 16th century, and around 1565 the workers had the benefit of gratis medical aid. The miners and lumberjacks were obliged to spend the working week, from Monday morning to Saturday evening, away from their families at the mine, or in primitive "Holzknechtstuben" (huts) in the forest.
As a part of their pay they received bread, which was marked off on a so-called "Brotspan"; they also received the cheap "Hofkorn" (corn). Many possessed a "Gütl" - a small piece of land on which one could grow vegetables and perhaps raise an animal. They were long freed from military service and taxes, and could look forward to a modest pension. The 48-hour week - which was won only after the First World War by industrial workers - was already common in Hallstatt after 1851.

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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