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The great Hallstatt period


For reasons unknown the mining of salt was ended in the late Bronze Age, around 1300 BC.
The winning of salt was resumed in the early Iron Age (800-400 BC). Until a catastrophic mud slide destroyed the mine, trade with the "white gold" must have been very lucrative: Ramsauer discovered luxurious burial gifts, such as amber from the Baltic Sea, glass from Italy, and even ivory from Africa in the graves of this period.

Even the weapons were sumptuously decorated. The wealth of the people of Hallstatt in ancient times was fairly evenly distributed and indicated a democratic social structure. Hallstatt was then the focal point of an "early form of European unity" which stretched from France to Slovenia. Historians have named this epoch, after 1874, the "Hallstatt Culture." The Hallstatt burial grounds, to date, comprises more than 2000 graves and have given some sensational finds.

Out and about on historical paths

During a holiday, you might want to see more than just the famous tourist sites. Sometimes it’s exciting to search out and discover the smaller and more subtle points of interests! A great example are the popular themed trails in Hallstatt. On these paths, you will discover the origins of the history-rich UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Follow in the footsteps of famous painters and acclaimed writers through the wild and romantic Echern Valley or take a historical walk—with or without an audio guide—through the picturesque lanes of Hallstatt. The many themed trails offer the opportunity to combine a long, enjoyable stroll with learning about the historical background of the region. Better yet, the trails can be explored regardless of the season and in most weather conditions. We look forward to seeing you on the popular themed trails throughout the World Heritage Region!

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