About Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut
Welcome to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut Site.
If you are interested in Hallstatt and the Region in which it lies – the Salzkammergut of Austria – you’ve landed in the right place. I’ll try to cover everything you might find interesting about Hallstatt, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, including information not commonly found in tourist guides or on web sites.
Here you’ll find interesting information on the cultural and historical contexts in which Hallstatt, as the world’s oldest, still functioning salt mining town exists, starting with Bronze Age salt mines, Hallstatt Cultures, Celts and Romans.
I’ll also try to bring Hallstatts more immediate history to life, say the last 1000 years or so. It’s full of dynasties and people whose influence on the region still can be observed on any given day.
Of course you’ll also find backgrounds on current events and traditions.
But Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut of Austria are as inseparable as the front and the back of your hand, and they always have been. To properly appreciate one, you have to understand the other. For that reason I’ll also blog about places and landscapes of the Salzkammergut and its dominating mountain range, the Dachstein Massif.
If you are interested in legends and and urban myths, I’ll add those, too, from time to time, because these are among the things that give Hallstatt meaning and depth. Legends are often stories of real events disguised under layers of mythology. Urban legends, on the other hands, are false stories of events, people and traditions that never happened or never were, but they have been repeated so often that they are believed to be real. Hallstatt has a few of those, too. But legends, urban or otherwise, help distinguish the Region as one of the most fascinating places in the world.
The purpose of this site is to provide relevant and interesting information about Hallstatt, Austria, the Salzkammergut and the Dachstein Region, and to convey a sense of place about the town and the landscape.
My purpose is not to promote more tourism to Hallstatt, Hallstatt already gets about 800,000 visitors per year, and I for one don’t think it needs any more. But I would like to help foster better informed and more aware visitors who are not only interested in Hallstatt’s picturesque setting, but also in its cultural and historical attributes, from past to present, and tourists who have an appreciation of the place they visit.
I believe such tourists tend to be more sensitive to local and regional issues, and they are generally more respectful of the people and places they encounter along the way.