ARTISTS WERE NOT THE FIRST VISITORS - BUT THEY DID DISCOVER THE AESTHETIC WONDER OF THE REGION.
They made Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut famous with their pictures and literary works: Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller painted no less than fifteen Hallstatt pictures from 1831 onward. Rudolf von Alt immortalized the Waldbach in 1845. Descriptions of Hallstatt's beauty were given by travel writers such as Joseph August Schultes, Archduke Johann's secretary, Franz Satori, the explorer Friedrich Simony, or the writer from northern Germany, Wilhelm Raabe. Adalbert Stifter, who also recorded Hallstatt in several of his pictures, received the kiss of the Muse in the Echern Valley for his moving novel "Bergkristall" (1845) - and with his novel "Der Nachsommer", Hallstatt found a place in world literature.
Archdukes Franz Karl and Johann, the King of Prussia, or the brother of Emperor Maximilian (later the Emperor of Mexico), the Queen of the Netherlands or the King of Siam, all felt at home here.
In 1853 Emperor Franz Josef and his Sisi took an engagement excursion to Hallstatt; the imperial couple came again 1856.
Eloquent poets - from Johann Nestroy to Nikolaus Lenau, and Carl Zuckmayer - or such popular figures as Alexander Girardi, Agatha Christie (picture) and Marlene Dietrich - have written their names in Hallstatt's visitors' books.
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!