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Hallstatt and the Habsburger


Between 1282 and 1284 the Habsburg Duke Albrecht I had a watchtower built on the Salzberg, and named it the "Rudolfsturm", after his father. The building stands to this day and houses a restaurant. Around 1286/90, the subsequent King of Germany presented the "Ischlland", (the inner Salzkammergut), to his wife Elisabeth von Görz und Tirol, as a belated wedding gift. The Habsburgs fought bitterly against the Salzburg Archbishop; the bloody "Salt War" between 1291 and 1297 was finally decided in their favor. In 1311, three years after Albrecht's murder, Elisabeth gave Hallstatt the rights of a market town. She simultaneously reorganized the salt mining as a state-run enterprise and placed the "Kammergut" directly under the Court Chamber in Vienna. Administration of the region after 1335 was under a salt official who resided in Gmunden. The "Hellerhaus" is one of the oldest buildings in Hallstatt; a so-called "schwarze Kuchl" (a soot-blackened smokehouse with an open fire) still exists inside.

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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