The lake and the solt

"I HAVE YET TO SEE A PLACE AS STRANGELY SITUATED AS HALLSTATT. THE HOUSES SEEM TO SIT UPON EACH OTHER, BUILT AS THEY ARE ON THE SLOPING, NARROW BANK, CLINGING LIKE SWALLOWS' NESTS AND REFLECTED IN THE ENAMEL GREEN OF THE LAKE."

That's how the doctor and travel writer Franz Satori described Hallstatt in 1813. Hallstatt is and remains unusual to this day, and its name is taken from the Celtic "hal" which means salt.
Alexander von Humboldt, a widely traveled explorer in the 18th and 19th centuries, called Hallstatt "...the loveliest lake village in the world." But why does one find such beauty only here, where there is hardly a "stretch of flat ground" - apart from in the Lahn area - to be found? Where after an earthquake in 1808, even a part of the alluvial soil of the Mühlbach sank into the water? Where in early winter the shadow of the Dachstein Massif lies over the valley, and on certain days the sun disappears completely? Where one used to joke that there were only two forms of death here: drowning or being hit by a falling stone?

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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