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Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria has been occupied since the iron age; 7000 years ago people found the salt mines, which gave them an opportunity to settle an area which they would make into a trade center soon after.

This rich cultural history is the basis for Hallstatt's inclusion as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Travelers interested in lakeside archaeology will have a lot to discover.

Hallstatt has several museums, the main archaeological museum in Hallstatt center-and you can take archaeological tours of the salt mine.

The region's immense beauty also attracts hikers and trekkers.

Well-marked trails take you to interesting places in mountainous Austria.

Shoppers might want to take home some gourmet salt, bath salts, or even lights made of huge crystals of salt.

Hallstatt is located in the Salzkammergut Region of Austria, southeast of Salzburg and directly on the shores of Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt).

There are no direct trains from Salzburg to Hallstatt, so if you're trying to visit Hallstatt as a day trip from Salzburg, stop in a travel agency and get see about a direct bus journey.

You can take a bus from Bad Ischl, to the north, and then a train to Salzburg. If you manage a route by train to Hallstatt, you'll get to the town via a small ferry; the train station is across the lake from Hallstatt.

It's a nice way to get your first climpse of the town at the edge of the lake.

By car, exit the A10 at Golling and follow the B-126 to Gosau, then the B166 to Hallstatt.


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