About the Author
About the author:
Hello, my name is Roland. I was born in Salzburg, Austria, and I grew up in a small town north of Salzburg. As a youth, I spent a great deal of time in the Salzkammergut, but I never gave much thought to Hallstatt and its importance to European Culture and History, not even the history of the Salzkammergut.
That changed after I left Austria, and I started to learn about Hallstatt, its ancient culture and history, in a place far removed from home. The more I learned the more I became interested, and by the time Hallstatt was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, I was hooked. It’s not just that Hallstatt is uniquely beautiful, even by Salzkammergut standards. After all, there are other places in the Region just as beautiful.
In my mind Hallstatt goes way beyond beauty: Bronze Age miners, Iron Age necropolis, Kelts, Romans, Habsburg factory town, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Painted Skulls, Tourist Mecca, a landscape shrouded as much in myth and legend as in mist and rain – Hallstatt is all of that and more. I find it fascinating and worth exploring.
I’m not an expert on Hallstatt archeology, or history for that matter, my background is biology, and my work deals more with environmental planning and conservation biology than with the history and culture of European people. But I read, and to make sense of what I read, I write.
This blog is an exploration of Hallstatt, and I invite you to follow along. We’ll all learn something along the way. It’s not that information about Hallstatt isn’t available, but not all that much can be found in English, and what can be found doesn’t go far beyond run-of-the-mill tourist info, unless you want to dig deeper.
I’m doing a little digging, and I’ll share what I find. I also possess a knowledge of the region – a feel for the place and its people – that’s a little different from that of a star struck tourist. As a consequence, I hope the next time we visit Hallstatt, we’ll see more and have a deeper relationship to the place.