Hallstatt, Austria (Part 2)

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Hallstatt Salt Mine

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There are some clues which tell us that the Hallstatt Salt Mine was already active in the 15th century, making it the oldest in the world. The salt mine was used until modern times, and for over 300 years (from 1600 to 1960) it was the most important location for mining in the region. Eventually, the Hallstatt Salt Mine became a tourist site which shows the history of mining and the life of the miners.

Church of Christ

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In 1782, Emperor Josef II adopted the Patent of Tolerance, which contributed to the free exercise of religion in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Since this time, there have been many Protestant residents in Hallstatt. As the Protestants did not have a church of their own, they built a prayer house in the 18th century, without a church tower or bells. About 60 years later the parish then built a beautiful rectory with a church tower and bells. This building is the beautiful, much-photographed Church of Christ we know today.

Lake Hallstatt

The Lake Hallstatt connects three small towns in the Salzkammergut: Obertraun, Bad Goisern and Hallstatt. It is about 125 meters deep and was the most important and only way to transport the mined salt. Today, visitors come to admire the lake from the top of the close mountains, swim in its clear water, or take a boat trip to discover more about the history of Hallsatt and its surroundings, the Salzkammergut.

Parish of the Assumption

The Parish of the Assumption is the prayer house for the Roman Catholic people, and is built on a hill in the city. Over several centuries this church was modified and extended. The church has a double winged altar, which is one of the four most important altars in Upper Austria, and an adjacent cemetery.

Dachstein Skywalk

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This skywalk is located in the Upper Austrian ski resort of the Dachstein Mountains, at an altitude of about 2,700 meters. On clear days it is possible to see over Austria to Slovenia and the Czech Republic. Besides this viewing platform there is a flat platform completely made of glass, which is part of the highest suspension bridge in Austria.

Hope you have a wonderful time if you decide to visit this place.

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