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Hallstatt, The Land of Fairytales
This is a beautiful day for me to write this hub. I’ll take you in a special tour. This is a amazing place for me, it’s just another fairyland. If you had read my hub about “Fairyland in the Real World”, I think this place will complete my previous hub. Have you ever known about Hallstatt? Hallstatt is a village or we can call this tiny town in the Salzkammergut, tucked away in the mountains of Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See, it’s a lake in Hallstat. With the populations of less than 1000 residents rest on the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See. From the pictures below we can see how this place looks like a fairyland. That’s why allstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut region has been listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. There are many attractions we see at this village, beside the beautiful panoramic view of the town on the lake, skiing, we can also see the world’s first salt mine, even take a trip to the World Heritage Museum, Charnel house, archeological excavations, and visit the Dachstein ice cave as well. There are a few hotels and restaurant around this small village. I’ll explain more below.
7000 years of history
I just inform to all of you about the tourist possible to tour the world’s first salt mine, 22 km from Bad Ischl. It was built into the steep slope that drops off to the Hallstatter. Salt was a valuable resource here, so this region was historically very wealthy. Based on the history of Hallstatt village, salt has been mined for 7,000 years and it’s also become a cultural history written in Hallstatt. After 7000 years buried (Iron Age) the archeologists found the prehistoric mine shafts in the mountain. The historical invention is located at the graves in the valley above the town. That’s why we can find many oldest things at Hatstatt, like: the oldest stairs, the oldest rope, the oldest backpack, the oldest glove, even also the oldest business in the world (the Salinen Austria AG).
The Hallstatt people
The Hallstatt alpine region in Austria is an amazing example of a natural landscape of great beauty which also contains evidence of early and cultural activity. Beautiful combination between nature and culture in a way that it both harmonies and complementary. The life will be more colorful and unique between the emerald-green lake and the imposing mountains. We can see how the houses built into the slopes and surrounded by the lake. There’s something good we can learn from the people of Hallstatt. They love to preserve Austria's cultural history, though their town has also experienced much misery. Based on the history, the entire village of Hallstatt was destroyed by fire in 1750. Another disaster is a terrible storm destroyed houses and took the lives of many people on the lake, this incident happened March 18, 1822. After this incident the people of Hallstatt want to share their special way of life, especially deep sense of tradition. Hopefully if we have a chance to visit this place we can discover how the special way of life there forms their character.
The street so clean and tidy
There’s something eye attraction we can see here. It’s Lake Hallstatt as one of the most spectacular lakes in the Salzkammergut. From outer appearance it looks like an emerald green and mysterious. During your vacation on Hallstatt, you can explore the secret of this lake on boat trips, view it from above, dive deep and even delve into underwater biology and archeology with the famous treasure hunter Gerhard Zauner. You may discover the secret about Lake Hallstatt.
World Heritage Museum
As one of the most educated place in Hallstatt, The World Heritage Museum Hallstatt displays many of cultural treasures of Hallstats from 7000 years of culture and history of this village. All the things as the history of this village that have been found in and around Hallstatt saved well in the museum. We can see about 26 main themes showing developments in the history of Hallstatt from the late Stone Age. The history based on the prehistoric salt-mining to the Celts and Romans. All the historical things include ethnography, the excavation of the ancient burial grounds, the development of the Protestant community, work and crafts also have space devoted to them in Hallstatt's World Heritage Museum.
It’s a place where we can find a piece of Hallstatt’s history. The history of Hallstatt can be found in the charnel house at the Maria Himmelfahrt (Assumption of Mary) buried with the artfully painted skulls of deceased residents. This idea came up due to lack of space in Hallstatt's cemetery. Because of no space was left, the people of of Hallstatt decided to dig the bones of the dead and then paint them with their names and dates of birth and death. They put the skulls in the vaulted crypt of St. Michael's church.
Hallstatt is a popular tourist attraction for a small-town appeal and can be toured on foot in ten minutes. We can buy beautiful traditional craftsmanship of the people in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region. The craftspeople at the Hallstatt use traditional techniques to produce special products, like: rugged shoes, typical regional hats, real Lederhosen, and traditional jewelry. All of these products were shown in the display cabinet. There’s an exclusive selection of regional products that we can also take home with us. Especially popular souvenir which is the greatest natural treasure of Hallstatt region. Please enjoy the video below. Cheers...