Hallstatt, Austria (Part 1)

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Hallstatt, Austria belongs to top 50 destinations in europe. Being a small town does not stop this place from becoming famous as it is because of its rich culture. The amount of things you can do in this little town is so large it can almost be compared to a small city. Here are some unique places in Hallstatt, Austria.

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Kalvarienberg Church

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This church was built in the year 1711 and was donated to the town by a childless married couple of court secretaries. It is located on the Kalvarienberg, which is a nearby mountain with an impressive view over Hallstatt, its lake and surroundings. This church was built in order to offer a place for the inhabitants of the town to pray, and as the final resting place of the married couple. This church is a true masterpiece of baroque architecture.

Market Square

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The Market Square is located in the city center of Hallstatt and is the major attraction there. The Market Square has a statue of the Holy Trinity and is surrounded by beautiful buildings. Visitors will find restaurants, cafes, hotels, a bar and a range of souvenir shops. Throughout the year there are different events, like the traditional Corpus Christi procession in spring, various concerts, and the Christmas market in winter.

Archaeological artifacts

Several significant archaeological artifacts were discovered by pure chance in Hallstatt during the construction of a boiler room under a sports shop. It is possible to see this find during the opening hours of the shop for free. Indeed, thousands of important discoveries have been made around Hallstatt, including nearly 2,000 graves from the late Bronze Age and early Iron Age and the prehistoric salt mines. Such was the quality of these discoveries that the term ‘Hallstatt’ is now used to describe the predominant Central European culture in the early Iron Age.

Museum Hallstatt

The Museum was opened in 1888 in order to showcase the special archaeological finds of Hallstatt, which were discovered in the preceding years. Visitors can learn everything about the history of this beautiful place in the museum, starting with the Stone Age and traveling through thousands of years of history right up to the present. Exhibited here are the discoveries from the local salt mines (the oldest in the world), and the Iron Age burial grounds and cemeteries nearby.

The Charnel House in Michael’s Chapel

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The charnel house in Hallstatt had been in existence since the 12th century and contains 1,200 skulls. It is located in the two-story Michael’s Chapel, built in a baroque style. 610 of the skulls are painted, inscribed with the death date and arranged by family. This tradition started in 1720, when there was no more room at the cemetery and no possibility of extending it. 10 to 15 years after the funerals, skulls and big tubular bones were taken from the graves to dry and clean them and paint afterwards, mostly with flowers as graves are also decorated with wreaths of flowers.

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