Hallstatt is more than just a pretty town. It’s actually considered the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe, dating back to the Iron Age. In fact, the early Iron Age culture from 800 to 400 BC is known as the Hallstatt culture, an era marked by farming and metal-working, long-range trade with Mediterranean cultures, and the rise of elite classes and social distinction.
Hallstatt – which means “place of salt” – is home to the world’s first salt mine. Thanks to the salt industry, the town quickly progressed and became wealthy. Salt has always been a valuable commodity, more so in the pre-historic times when it was primarily used to preserve meat. In recent decades, though, Hallstatt’s fame derives mostly from its natural beauty. Sandwiched between a lake and mountains (you could even say that it cuddles the lake), this perfect little town easily became a favorite tourist destination as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Nowadays, you’ll find a lot of tour groups making a day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna, Salzburg, and even Prague and Cesky Krumlov. This influx of tourists further boosted Hallstatt’s economy, giving rise to tourist attractions and amenities.
The town may be compact – you can walk from end to end in under half an hour – but there’s much to see within the town and in the surrounding area. Spend at least two days to really see all of Hallstatt’s pretty corners.
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For music lovers, it’s the home of Mozart. For foodies, it’s home to the Wienerschnitzel. For outdoor lovers, you can paraglide, raft, and hike. No matter what your love is, Austria likely has something just for you.
The minute you arrive, you the country’s charming villages will take you by surprise and have you feeling like you stepped into a Disney fairytale.
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