Hallstatt is a lakeside village in the Austrian Salzkammergut southeast of Salzburg. I was first drawn to Hallstatt by way of photos of a region in Austria called the Salzkammergut. This is a large area that runs from the city of Salzburg along the Austrian Alps and through three federal states. It’s very beautiful.

But I landed eventually on Hallstatt, which is located on Lake Hallstatt or Hallstatter See. It is a UNESCO world heritage site because an entire era in European history, from the 8th to the 6th centuries BC, was named after it: The Hallstatt culture. In this small village there are 1300 burial sites from this era. The Hallstatt culture from the Iron Age is said to be the beginnings of the Celtic culture. Read more…

This blog had beautiful pictures of Hallstatt. This blog has a short virtual tour of the lake. This video showcases the lake and the village. 

The St. Michael’s Chapel houses a world-famous charnel house, that is, a vault or room where skeletal remains are stored. Many of the skulls have been elaborately painted. It’s believed many of the paintings were created at the end of the 1700s. 

FunFacts about Hallstatt (Source) (Source)

  • The population of Hallstatt is less than 1000 residents.
  • Hallstatt exists on the southwestern shore of Hallstatter See.
  • Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest village.
  • Salt is the reason for Hallstatt’s existence and why it has enjoyed an above subsistence-level living for over two millennia. Hallstatt is home to the world’s oldest salt mine.
  • A charnel house is a vault or room where human skeletal remains are stored. The charnel house at Hallstatt dates back to the 12th Century. (Source)
  • Hallstatt has two churches and two museums.
  • Hallstatt is car-free but can be reached by train.

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19 thoughts on “Hallstatt

  1. What a stunning & quaint little village. The photos with the church are breathtaking. Looking at them reminds me of another time long past. And for no card being allowed just makes it more pristine. Truly a wonderful sight.

  2. I’ve never been there but it looks like a fantastic place to visit. So beautiful! I love the pictures you share. They are amazing.

    • Mary,
      I thought it was pretty bizarre myself. The painting is one thing. But apparently these are loved ones? So…what was the process to get the skull ready for painting. That’s as far as my mind was willing to take it!

      Buckeye, Arizona USA

  3. I never knew that the Celtic culture began in mainland Europe, always thought it was strictly from Ireland. The pictures are beautiful but the one I like the most is the village either a daybreak or dust.

  4. I didn’t realize that was where Celtic culture began. It looks like a quaint village out of time. Thanks for sharing the information.

  5. This little town is a sight to see. It’s absolutely beautiful and amazing just to walk through the streets. I have been there a couple of time and its always wonderful to return to.

  6. Stunning. Love the way vaious buildings are painted different colors. they look so fresh and crisp. Doesn’t look as if it would be such an ancient place. Amazing.

  7. All those mountains remind me of when we lived in a Vermont for a short time.
    Don’t miss it at all.
    Frozen bone marrow will do that to you.

  8. OMG, it is gorgeous there! I want to live there. Have a lake and snow? Magnificent! Never been but it is now my dream to live there. Central CA has nothing on that place. I like every picture, well the skull would be my least favorite. Thank you

  9. All I can say is WOW! That place is so interesting. The aerial pic is wicked. It’s just a little bit of rock jutting out with a bunch of quaint houses all crowded around a central square. I would love to live there, but I bet they get some freezing winters by the looks of the pics. I have never heard of that place before this. I bet it would be pretty neat to visit the charnel house! Spooky lol.

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