Where the solt was boiled

THE OLD PAN HOUSE STOOD NEAR HALLSTATT'S CULTURE AND CONGRESS CENTER (BUILT IN 1989) AT THE SO-CALLED "PAN HOUSE BÜHEL" UNTIL THE FIRE OF 1750.

The massive wooden building with its walled basement is from the 14th century. The "Dörrkammern" (drying chambers) were attached to the rear. Masses of timber fed the tremendous fire beneath the round salt pan, which was enlarged in 1524 to 334 square meters. The brine (water and salt mixture) flowed in wooden pipes directly down from the Salzberg to the pan house. The immense amount of wood used decimated the forests in the inner Salzkammergut, and for this reason a new salt works went into operation in 1607 in the richly forested Ebensee area, to which the brine was delivered through a pipeline forty kilometers long.

The uniquely beautiful landscapes of the pipeline trail, which begins on the Hallstatt Salzberg and leads via Bad Goisern and Bad Ischl to the Traun Lake, has been designed as a thematic nature trail.

In 1751 the Court Chamber had built a new, but smaller, pan house in the Hallstatt Lahn. The change from wood to coal firing took place in the second half of the 19th century: the "black gold" came by rail after 1877, mostly from the Hausruckviertel. In 1964 the refining of salt in Hallstatt finally came to an end.

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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