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Through thousands of years


Several of the Habsburgs stayed in Hallstatt, including the Emperor Maximilian I, who came in 1504 "to see the Salzberg". The Court Administration Office was here until the great fire of 1750. The later building contained the Catholic Presbytery, the Town Hall and the local primary school. The Museum of Prehistoric History has been here since 1969.

The miners repeatedly came upon traces of their prehistoric predecessors. In 1734 they discovered the fully preserved "man in salt", who, considered a heathen, was quickly buried. The mine manager Johann Georg Ramsauer (1795-1874) began systematic excavation. After shards and bones appeared with the opening of a gravel pit in 1846, he went on to uncover 980 prehistoric graves and 19,479 finds in the seventeen years following. Although he had no previous academic training, he documented the finds perfectly in accord with current criteria. Before most of his finds were shown in museums in Vienna, he presented many in the Rudolfsturm, in his personal accommodation. The excavations were later supervised by the mining manager, Isidor Engl.


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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