The cemetery of Hallstatt

The cemetery

The rocky grounds of the parish church became the Hallstatt cemetery. The front is assigned the Evangelist Christians. Following the rules of the cemetery there are no family graves. A grave can be re-occupied after ten years. The dead are buried horizontally; the grave verge covers only a small part of the grave. Above the graves is the sign of Christ, a cross, made of wood or wrought steel.

Hallstatt Charnel House

Hallstatt | With over 1200 skulls (more than 600 of which are painted and sorted by family), this small chapel is one of the most popular locations with visitors to Hallstatt. 

» Hallstatt Charnel House

© Kraft | Beinhaus in Hallstatt

Catholic Church of Hallstatt

Hallstatt | Visit the ossuary of the Catholic Church of Hallstatt. Here, skulls and skeletal bones of the deceased are stored - the majority of the skulls are artfully painted and labeled.. 

» Catholic Church of Hallstatt

Hallstatt - Small village with a great history

The picturesque village on the lake with the same name owes its existence to the rich salt deposit of salt in the mountain of Hallstatt. 7000 years ago, as the prehistoric humans from Hallstatt began to take the salt from the salt mine who would of guessed, that this little village would give its name to a period in history – the Hallstatt period (800-400 BC). Rich findings in Hallstatt and the upper valley of Hallstatt gave this village international recognition; even today discoveries are still made in the salt mountain of Hallstatt.  Among the most beautiful places of interest are the oldest salt mine in the world and the ossuary in Hallstatt, a romantic boat ride on Lake Hallstatt, a trip to the breathtaking cave world in Obertraun and a visit to the Lake Gosau with the mighty Dachstein glacier. Additionally, Bad Goisern is popular in the summer with hikers and bikers. In winter guests are lured in by the ski areas of Dachstein West in Gosau and the Ski and Freeride Arena in neighboring Obertraun with perfect slope conditions. We wish you an unforgettable holiday in Hallstatt!

Informationen at a glance

  • Contakt:
    The catholic parish church in Hallstatt
    Katholische Pfarre Hallstatt
    Kirchenweg 40
    4830 Hallstatt
    Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 6134  8279
    E-Mail: pfarre.hallstatt@dioezese-linz.at
    Homepage: www.kath.hallstatt.net (only in German)
    Opening times
    Catholic parish church Hallstatt
    Daily from 9:00 to 17:00 hrs,

  • Accessibility/arrival
    For visiting the catholic church you have to walk on the small hill over stonesteps. Arriving there you have the possibility to visit the church, the historic bonehouse with over 600 painted skulls and an amazing view over the area and the town.
    By car: parking area on P1, P2 and P3
    By train: arriving in Hallstatt you take the ferry to Hallstatt, from the pier you walk 5 minutes | Homepage Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)
    By bus: you arrive directly on the busterminal, from there it is a walk about 15 minutes | Homepage Postbus