Hallstatt is the oldest village in Salzkammergut, Austria. It is enclosed by the Dachstein Hills and the Hallstatt Lake. Hallstatt is named in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list since 1997. It is believed that the village is prehistorically built, as early as the 2nd century B.C. If we say that Hallstatt is the most exquisite lake side village in the world then we have a big chance of being right.
While having a tiny population of 1,000 inhabitants, it is the most photographed village of Austria and one of the breath-taking holiday points in the country. There is only one main road in the town and the whole village can be walked in just half an hour. The small town is filled with captivating sceneries.
The Chinese created a copy of this mesmerizing beauty in 2011 in Huizhou, Guangdong, but the real charm can be found only in the original one. Some attractions in Hallstatt are its Museum, the Central Square Marketplace, and the Salt Mine. The place also has a few top rated restaurants. Hallstatt is famous for its salt production, as it has the world’s oldest salt mine, dating back to prehistoric times
The town has a creepy landmark, called the Bone House. It started because of the small area of the town’s graveyard, which imposed the exhumation of older bones from the graveyard to provide space for the most recently deceased. Such exhumed bones were relocated in a chapel in the basement of the Church of Saint Michael, a 900-year-old building that stands tall within the high cliffs that overlook the town and the lake, providing a great view of the landscape surrounding Hallstatt.