Hallstatt Local Customs

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    Water garage

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Down by the lake, you'll get a sense of the way that humans have adapted to nature here in Hallstatt. People have, in fact, been doing that for thousands of years in this town, and today it's evidenced by the water garages you'll see, complete with beautiful swans adrift on the smooth water. Is this a fairytale place or what?

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    Living on the lake

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    There are only around 1500 permanent residents of Hallstatt and the physical setting of their home forces them to live at least some of their lives on the lake. Hallstatt is not easily accessible by land. Their original inhabitants who were here 7000 years ago, came because of the salt that they were able to mine from the nearby mountains and, although there is a tunnel that allow vehicles access to the town, Hallstatt remains a bit off the beaten path. The lake, however, is the gateway to the opposite shore where the train gives easy access to neighboring towns.

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    Alpine architecture

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Hallstatt's buildings are mainly built in the traditional Alpine style. Though the small hamlet sits is perched at only around 1700 feet, it sits just below the Plassen Mountain which towers at around 6400 feet.

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    The reason for the painted headsculls

    by globetrott Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    Every piece of ground was especially precious in Hallstatt as the small village was built on a very small piece of land between the mountains and the lake. Also the church and the small graveyard are built into the mountain, and as space was limited on that graveyard since centuries, graves could be used only for a few years, before the bones were put into the so called 'Beinhaus', after beeing beautifully decorated and inscribed with the names of the dead bodies.
    I guess, a visit on a graveyard like this, where you may actually still see your relatives and ancestors has to be something special.

    The "Beinhaus" (carnel) is normally locked and you can just have a look through the fence-door - but at certain times (mainly in summer )you are able to enter there, after paying a small fee of 1 euro. If you want to, you can even touch the headbones there !
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    Christmas in Hallstatt

    by nhcram Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Christmas in Halstatt is made extra special with the Christmas market and nativity scene that is set up in the middle of the town near the tourist information office.

    Beautifully carved nativity scene

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