Who does not know the small village of Hallstatt, the UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the Austrian Alps? Its idyllic location and picturesque centre make it an unforgettable experience for all visitors. The dense cluster of houses, which has only been accessible by road since the end of the 19th century, is home to a population of under 800.
Chinese architects like Hallstatt so much that they recreate it, complete with church and lake, in the subtropical Guangdong Province in 2012. And in typical Chinese style, the copy is significantly larger than the original.
In any case the original is always worth a visit. The small community, which gives its name to the Hallstatt Culture of the Early Iron Age, has a long and impressive history. Findings from Celtic graves date back to the 5th millennium BC; salt is already being extracted here 4,000 years ago.
Salt plays a decisive role in the history of Hallstatt. “White gold” has been produced industrially here for over 2,000 years. Visit the world’s oldest salt mine at Hallstatt’s Salzwelten and marvel at the world’s oldest pipeline, which is still in use today.
But there is more: the prehistoric museum, the market square with its pastel-coloured houses, the churches, the cemetery and its ossuary and not forgetting the Skywalk - enjoy an incomparable view of Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt from 360 m above the village! Pure world heritage.
The Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut region can be found on an exclusive list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites alongside other historic and equally unique sites such as the Giza Pyramids, Pompeii Excavations or the Great Wall of China.
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