History & World Heritage
The region around Lake Hallstatt – World Cultural Heritage
Located between the Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, Ebensee and Hallstättersee lakes, the Dachstein-Salzkammergut area (or: Inner Salzkammergut) comprises the villages of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. In 1997 most of the historic, cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breathtaking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves. The UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has always attracted both active and relaxation-minded travelers thanks to charming bathing lakes and unspoiled mountain scenery. With its bizarre ice caves, varied hiking routes and the Five Fingers viewing platform Dachstein Mountain is the most popular excursion site in the area. The Schönbergalm conservation area is not only home to the Cave Museum, but also the starting point for excursions to the Dachstein Ice Cave and the Mammut Cave, and therefore a highlight for families.
A visit to the ice cave will definitely change your perspective! The fascinating, subterranean world of ice and rock developed in the depths of Dachstein Mountain in the course of time. High above the Traun Valley qualified and experienced guides introduce adults and children to the highlights of the Dachstein Eishöhle ice cave, including ‘Eispalast’ and ‘König Artus Dom’. However, a holiday in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region offers unparalleled nature experience above ground as well: Visit the Five Fingers platform for spectacular views of the mountains; explore the Schönbergalm nature reserve; or walk along the Heilbronner Rundwanderweg loop trail and leave dull everyday routine behind.
Your gateway to the mountains: One lift pass covers the Krippenstein Seilbahn in Obertraun and many other uphill facilities throughout the Salzkammergut. With the free Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card many local attractions are accessible for free or at discounted rates. Bad Goisern’s public beach at Lake Hallstatt lends itself to a refreshing soak on a hot summer’s day. Do not miss out on a visit to the picturesque village of Hallstatt an , but has also greatly increased their prosperity and brought with it certain priviliges. As a result, this little community has become world famous, and local people take pride in the fact that a whole period in history was named after them.
Village tours through Hallstatt
UNESCO World Heritage region | Explore the village of Hallstatt, the oldest saltmine ofthe world, the fantastic ice cave or the great mammut cave. Besides the historical information there are numerous stories that cannot be found in any book or internet portal.
» Village tours through Hallstatt
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Since living memory it was the salt which provided the wealth for the Inner Salzkammergut. The salt is the basis for the typical ancient customs and interesting cultural peculiarities. Recently UNESCO determined a big part of this region as a World Heritage worth to be preserved.
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The "World Heritage Convention" was decided upon at the 1972 UNESCO General Conference, to select "natural and cultural heritages" and to record them in a "List of World Heritages", which is of exceptional interest and value for all of humanity.
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Themed trails & Audio Guide Tour
By means of display boards and interactive elements, visitors learn a lot of interesting and useful information about this unique natural and cultural landscape within the UNESCO World Heritage region. Most themed trails can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
» Themed trails
Customs and traditions
Would you like to know more about tradition and customs? Here you can find out more about individual events and authentic folk culture. Interesting trivialities not found in any travel guide.
» Customs and traditions
When is the next cable car to the Dachstein Plateau in Obertraun? When does the next sightseeing ship depart from Hallstatt? With the four tourism platforms of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut // www.hallstatt.net // www.bad-goisern.net // www.obertraun.net // www.gosautal.net // you will always stay up-to-date on current hours of operation, itineraries and more. If you’d like to use this information for during your stay in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut, then we would suggest that you save the appropriate website of your holiday destination in your favourites list on your smartphone or tablet. Then, you will always be informed during your holiday in the Salzkammergut. We hope to see you in Hallstatt, Gosau, Bad Goisern and Obertraun!
Date: Thu, May. 31, 2018
World famous procession on the lake in Hallstatt. Unique cultural experience
Date: Fri, Aug. 24, 2018
A combination of local tradition and folk music, great fun and entertainment with friends!
Date: Sat, Dec. 1, 2018
, 13:00 — 18:00
Simple, lively, colourful and traditional: Gosau "Bergweihnacht" - A Christmas Market Experience an incomparable Christmas trip to Gosau!
Date: Wed, Dec. 5, 2018
, 18:00 — 23:00
Hallstätter Marktplatz und in den idyllischen Gassen,
Date: Fri, Dec. 7, 2018
Marktplatz Bad Goisern,
700 "Krampusses" and demons, St Nicholasses and good angels will assemble once again in the market square in Bad Goisern for this annual event.
Date: Sat, Dec. 8, 2018
Authentic customs, living traditions and a touch of romance in December. Experience an incomparable Christmas trip to Hallstatt!
Date: Sat, Dec. 15, 2018
Over 20 of our most talented artists proudly present their products both inside and in the courtyard at the Neuwildenstein stately home.
Date: Sat, Jan. 5, 2019
Date: Sat, Jan. 5, 2019
Marktplatz Bad Goisern,
History of the World Heritage region around Hallstatt
A historical cultural landscape since thousands of years: The region around Lake Hallstatt appealed very early to humans looking for the vital salt. There are traces of salt mining on the Hallstatt Salzberg going back as early as 2000 B.C. Great prosperity was gained through the salt trade, the burial objects document extensive and wide spread trade relations. The climax of ancient mining was definitely from 800 until 400 B.C (older Iron Age), which is also referred as the Hallstatt-Period due to the numerous findings in Hallstatt.
The mine was affected by a part collapse later on. Around the time of Christ’s birth the area was ruled by the Romans who started to settle in the valley, while the local people continued their trade. During the 5th century with the end of the Roman dominance a cultural collapse took place. There is no sure evidence if there was any salt mining during the medieval times, except a few traces of possible salt production on the west side of the Sandling.
Around the turn of the 14th century we have reliable sources since the Habsburgs took over this area as their private property. Hallstatt regained its status as an important production site. The alliance between Austria and Bohemia in the 16th century resulted in a real boom era, and at the same time the region became dominated by Lutherans. Soon the mining capacity of Hallstatt became exhausted; the forests looked like karst formations, therefore the production had to be increased in Ischl and later on in Ebensee.
The Catholic counter-reformation was a disastrous era for the Inner Salzkammergut, resulting in the displacement of more than 700 Lutherans to Transylvania at its peak. Only in 1781 the long awaited religious toleration became a reality. Around 1800 tourism slowly developed in this region, and the first travellers wrote in their guidebooks about travelling through the “Austrian Switzerland”. Tourism really took off with the construction of the railway, making the area more accessible. Since then the Inner Salzkammergut is a most popular tourist destination, which also was internationally appreciated with the World Cultural Heritage nomination by the UNESCO. © Dr. Michael Kurz, Dez. 2002
Colourful light shows
Tranquillity, as you have never experienced it before. Get up early in the morning, before sunrise and stand in front of the hut and be immediately surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Birds sing the first song of the day. Cowbells ringing in the distance, enjoy your morning coffee on the hut bench while tasting the fresh air - that's what people from all over the world find fascinating about a magical overnight stay in a hut in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut. Relax your eyes and gaze into the distance, forget everyday life, soak up the rays of the sun, feel the wind on your skin and just unwind. So have we filled you with desire? What are your criteria for a hut night?
Unforgettable moments in this World Heritage region
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