World Heritage region & history of Hallstatt
The region around Lake Hallstatt – World Cultural Heritage
Located between the Wolfgangsee, Traunsee, Ebensee and Hallstättersee lakes, the Dachstein-Salzkammergut area (or: Inner Salzkammergut) comprises the villages of Bad Goisern, Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. In 1997 most of the historic, cultural landscape was listed a UNESCO World Heritage Site – characterized by breathtaking views, mighty peaks and spectacular caves. The UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has always attracted both active and relaxation-minded travelers thanks to charming bathing lakes and unspoiled mountain scenery. With its bizarre ice caves, varied hiking routes and the Five Fingers viewing platform Dachstein Mountain is the most popular excursion site in the area. The Schönbergalm conservation area is not only home to the Cave Museum, but also the starting point for excursions to the Dachstein Ice Cave and the Mammut Cave, and therefore a highlight for families.
A visit to the ice cave will definitely change your perspective! The fascinating, subterranean world of ice and rock developed in the depths of Dachstein Mountain in the course of time. High above the Traun Valley qualified and experienced guides introduce adults and children to the highlights of the Dachstein Eishöhle ice cave, including ‘Eispalast’ and ‘König Artus Dom’. However, a holiday in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region offers unparalleled nature experience above ground as well: Visit the Five Fingers platform for spectacular views of the mountains; explore the Schönbergalm nature reserve; or walk along the Heilbronner Rundwanderweg loop trail and leave dull everyday routine behind.
Your gateway to the mountains: One lift pass covers the Krippenstein Seilbahn in Obertraun and many other uphill facilities throughout the Salzkammergut. With the free Schladming-Dachstein Summer Card many local attractions are accessible for free or at discounted rates. Bad Goisern’s public beach at Lake Hallstatt lends itself to a refreshing soak on a hot summer’s day. Do not miss out on a visit to the picturesque village of Hallstatt an , but has also greatly increased their prosperity and brought with it certain priviliges. As a result, this little community has become world famous, and local people take pride in the fact that a whole period in history was named after them.
There is so much to discover in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Old mines, mighty cave worlds or spectacular glaciers at romantic lakes - a paradise for cultural- and nature lovers.
Guided Tours in the Salzkammergut
There is much to discover in the Salzkammergut. The best way to do this is to go on a tour together with the trained guide staff. There is something for everyone! Local history tours, hiking tours or guided tours through mines and caves. You have the choice and the pleasure!
The World Heritage museum of Hallstatt
How did the people of Hallstatt live in the past? How did they earn their crust? The answers to these and other questions will be provided on a journey through time of the extra class in the heart of Hallstatt. Open all year!
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Since living memory it was the salt which provided the wealth for the Inner Salzkammergut. The salt is the basis for the typical ancient customs and interesting cultural peculiarities. Recently UNESCO determined a big part of this region as a World Heritage worth to be preserved.
The region around Lake Hallstatt
Nowhere else will you experience so much natural variety and breadth of experience. With numerous crystal clear lakes and breath-taking mountain scenery, this "Hallstatt - Dachstein/Salzkammergut" region of outstanding natural beauty welcomes visitors time and time again.
The World Heritage speaks many languages
Information about the World Heritage region around Lake Hallstatt in french, Italian, hungarian, czech. All World Heritage Sites are excellent choices for an excursion beyond the ordinary.
School Project Week in the World Heritage region
Dachstein Salzkammergut | Welterbe-Aktiv: School trips usually require a lot of organisation: lengthy phone calls, complicated price tarifs... When you book with us, however, this is not the case. Everything is organised all in one go!
Videos from the World Heritage
Videos of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. A journey through all the seasons in moving pictures. Ideal to get you into the mood for your holiday on Lake Hallstatt.
The "World Heritage Convention" was decided upon at the 1972 UNESCO General Conference, to select "natural and cultural heritages" and to record them in a "List of World Heritages", which is of exceptional interest and value for all of humanity.
Themed trails & Audio Guide Tour
By means of display boards and interactive elements, visitors learn a lot of interesting and useful information about this unique natural and cultural landscape within the UNESCO World Heritage region. Most themed trails can be enjoyed whatever the weather.
Customs and traditions
Would you like to know more about tradition and customs? Here you can find out more about individual events and authentic folk culture. Interesting trivialities not found in any travel guide.
Wi-Fi hotspots within the World Heritage
Hallstatt & Co.| W-Lan-Hotspots: Twitter, Facebook posts, Emails during a holiday on Lake Hallstatt or in the Gosau Valley - not a problem. Free hotspots make it possible.
The Glacier Garden of Hallstatt
Tour of discovery tour to a stony relic from the last ice age. An excursion tip for the whole family of about 2 to 3 hours. A natural experience in almost any weather
Book tip: Hallstatt original!
A native of Hallstatt and a resident of Vienna, photographer Josef M. Fallnhauser knows Hallstatt like the back of his hand.
Daily Guided Tour of Hallstatt 2023 "Individual”
Sun, Apr. 2, 2023 Valley station of the Salzberg cable car, Hallstatt
Village Tour "Hallstatt by Land, Hallstatt by Water" 2023
Mon, May. 1, 2023 Salzshop Hallstatt (Bus terminal), Hallstatt
Guided tour of Hallstatt 2023 "World Heritage Tour"
Mon, May. 1, 2023 16:30 — 17:30 Tourist office of Hallstatt, Hallstatt
Corpus Christi procession Hallstatt 2023
Thu, Jun. 8, 2023 09:00 Hallstatt, Hallstatt
Chamois Hunting Days 2023
Fri, Aug. 25, 2023 Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern
Gosauer Berg-Weihnacht 2023
Sat, Dec. 2, 2023 13:00 — 19:00 Homeland museum Gosau, Gosau
Krampus Run in Hallstatt 2023
Tue, Dec. 5, 2023 18:00 — 23:00 Market square Hallstatt and idyllic streets, Hallstatt
Krampus Parade in Bad Goisern 2023
Thu, Dec. 7, 2023 19:00 Marketplace Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern
Christmas Market in Hallstatt 2023
Fri, Dec. 8, 2023 10:00 — 18:30 Market Square Hallstatt (Marktplatz Hallstatt), Hallstatt
Famous tunes in a romantic setting
Sun, Dec. 24, 2023 16:00 Market Square Hallstatt (Marktplatz Hallstatt), Hallstatt
Glöcklerlauf in Obertraun
Fri, Jan. 5, 2024 16:45 Town square Obertraun (Gemeindeplatz), Obertraun
Glöcklerlauf in Bad Goisern
Fri, Jan. 5, 2024 20:00 Marketplace Bad Goisern, Bad Goisern