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    The Giant Ice Cave

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    The Giant Ice Cave is one of the largest caves in the world. It's the most spectacular tourist attraction in the Salzkammergut region. Over 150,000 people walk through the subterranean cave yearly - through the King Arthur, Parcival and Tristan Domes.
    A visit to the cave takes approx. 1,5 hours including walk to and from the cave.
    Normal shoes can be worn in the cave and warm clothing is recommended.

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    The cable car starts from Obertraun (it's about 5km from Hallstatt on side of the Lake Hallstatt).
    The cable car has three stops:
    1. Valley station Obertraun 608 m
    2. Middlelstation Schönbergalm 1350 m
    3. Top station Krippenstein 2100 m

    From Krippenstein there is an excellent view to the lake.
    At the middlestation there are two caves (Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave). It's worth to visit these caves.

    You can buy combined ticket about 25-30 Euro (I don't remember the exact price).
    It contains an Obertraun - Krippenstein return fare, a one time entrance to the Mammoth and the Ice cave and a photo.

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    There is a bigger ice cave in Werfen. Just visit my page about Werfen!

    In the Ice Cave
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    Mountain Climbing to Krippenstein

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Krippenstein is 2100m high above sea-level, so if You are in good condition then You can climb this mountain or You can choose the Dachstein Cable Car to get there.

    The cable car starts from Obertraun (it's about 5km from Hallstatt on side of the Lake Hallstatt).
    The cable car has three stops:
    1. Valley station Obertraun 608 m
    2. Middlelstation Schönbergalm 1350 m
    3. Top station Krippenstein 2100 m

    From Krippenstein there is an excellent view to the lake.
    At the middlestation there are two caves (Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave). It's worth to visit these caves.

    You can buy combined ticket about 25-30 Euro (I don't remember the exact price).
    It contains an Obertraun - Krippenstein return fare, a one time entrance to the Mammoth and the Ice cave and a photo.

    Valley station Obertraun
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    Mountain Climbing to Krippenstein

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Krippenstein is 2100m high above sea-level, so if You are in good condition then You can climb this mountain or You can choose the Dachstein Cable Car to get there.

    The cable car starts from Obertraun (it's about 5km from Hallstatt on side of the Lake Hallstatt).
    The cable car has three stops:
    1. Valley station Obertraun 608 m
    2. Middlelstation Schönbergalm 1350 m
    3. Top station Krippenstein 2100 m

    From Krippenstein there is an excellent view to the lake.
    At the middlestation there are two caves (Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave). It's worth to visit these caves.

    You can buy combined ticket about 25-30 Euro (I don't remember the exact price).
    It contains an Obertraun - Krippenstein return fare, a one time entrance to the Mammoth and the Ice cave and a photo.

    A view to Krippenstein from Hallstatt
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    • Mountain Climbing

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    The Charnel-House

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Hallstatt has a very little territory so there is only a litte place for the cemetry.
    Because of this after a defined time the human remains are exhumed from old graves and placed in the Charnel-House since 1600. The bones are often ornately decorated.

    It's so bizarre...

    Entrance of the Charnel-House
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    The Charnel-House

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Hallstatt has a very little territory so there is only a litte place for the cemetry.
    Because of this after a defined time the human remains are exhumed from old graves and placed in the Charnel-House since 1600. The bones are often ornately decorated.

    It's so bizarre...

    Bones and decorated skulls
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    The Salt-Mine

    by Gentleman75 Updated Apr 19, 2005

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    If You are in Hallstatt, don't miss to visit the Salt-Mine.
    It's a quite expensive attraction (about 20 Euro for an adult), but it's worth.
    You get special clothes to protect Your clothes from the salt.

    In the Salt-Mine
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    Hallstatt: decorated headbones & more

    by globetrott Updated Aug 30, 2014

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    Hallstatt is a MUST for every tourist in Austria and although it is a village of just 2000 inhabitants, it gave the name to the so-called "HALLSTATT-CULTURE" - it was a time in the stone-age and refers to the kind of settlement in Hallstatt.
    In Hallstatt the catholic cemetery is so very small, that the dead bodies remain under the earth only for a a few years, so they will be un-buried after a few years, cleaned and decorated and placed in the carnel. The Carnel is open during the day and in the high season you can only enter it after having payed a small fee of 1 Euro to the lady at the entrance.
    You also get a small leavlet with some infos and pics togeather with your entrance-ticket.
    You may walk into the carnel on your own all the rest of the year or you may just take a look through an iron fence into the carnel and take your pics from there like I did for that picture.
    The head-bones have engravings with the names of the dead persons, all the other bones are not sorted.
    There are 2 churches in Hallstatt : the protestant church down at the lake and the catholic church and the famous cemetery a bit higher on the slope of the hill.
    The catholic church dates back to 1320 and is really very beautiful inside as well: The interior of the church as you may see it today dates mostly back to 1519 and my favorite is this beautiful neo-gothic altar with great wood-carvings, dating back to 1890 and made by a school for woodcarving in Hallstatt under Dir. Göbel.
    In 1734 a dead body - rather well conservated was found inside one of the mines and finally buried on the graveyard in Hallstatt.
    The people of that time thought it would be just a person, who died 100 years ago.
    In fact it was a man who had died in the stone-age and later a lot more of such persons were found and carfully taken out of the mines by Johann Georg Ramsauer who invested most of his money to unbury these corpses of the stone-ages.
    The Hallstatt museum was recently transfered into a modern building in the very centre of town and there you may see all the various parts of the history of this village, dating back to the year 5000 B.C.

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    Walking in Hallstatt

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Hallstatt is a quite small village, so it takes only a little time to walk through in it, but You cannot get fed up to take this walk at least one time every day.
    Hallstatt is the loveliest place I've been before with lovely streets and houses.
    It's marvellous!!!

    A little square with a fountain
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    Mammoth Cave

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    The Mammoth Cave is the "Cave explorers' cave". Of the over 60 km of cave passageways only 1 km is open to the general public.
    A trip to the cave takes approx. 1,5 hours including walk to and from the cave.
    Normal shoes can be worn in the cave and warm clothing is recommended.

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    The cable car starts from Obertraun (it's about 5km from Hallstatt on side of the Lake Hallstatt).
    The cable car has three stops:
    1. Valley station Obertraun 608 m
    2. Middlelstation Schönbergalm 1350 m
    3. Top station Krippenstein 2100 m

    From Krippenstein there is an excellent view to the lake.
    At the middlestation there are two caves (Ice Cave and Mammoth Cave). It's worth to visit these caves.

    You can buy combined ticket about 25-30 Euro (I don't remember the exact price).
    It contains an Obertraun - Krippenstein return fare, a one time entrance to the Mammoth and the Ice cave and a photo.

    In the Mammoth Cave
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    Interior

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    Inside the Catholic church, you'll find this stunning late-Gothic altar attributed to Lienhart Astl and done between 1505-1515. In the middle is a delicate carving of the Madonna and Child and on her left is Saint Catherine (appropriately, the patron of woodcutters) and on the left is Saint Barbara (the patron of miners, which is also appropriate considering Hallstatt's salt mines). On the wings of the altar, you'll find carvings depicting scenes from the lives of Mary and Jesus.

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    Walking in Hallstatt

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    Hallstatt is a quite small village, so it takes only a little time to walk through in it, but You cannot get fed up to take this walk at least one time every day.
    Hallstatt is the loveliest place I've been before with lovely streets and houses.
    It's marvellous!!!

    Houses on the lake- and hillside
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    The Salt-Mine

    by Gentleman75 Written Jul 22, 2004

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    If You are in Hallstatt, don't miss to visit the Salt-Mine.
    It's a quite expensive attraction (about 20 Euro for an adult), but it's worse.
    You get special clothes to protect Your clothes from the salt.

    In the Salt-Mine
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    Main square (Marktplaz)

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    If you arrive by train to Hallstatt, you'll arrive on the opposite shore of the lake and take a boat to the town. From there it's a short walk to the main square, a postcardesque spot that sits in the shadow of the towering steeple of the Protestant church. There is a nice fountain in the square as well as some shops and a couple hotels. From the square, you can see that the town is really just a thin swath of land that is pressed against a sheer rock and tree covered mountain.

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    Catholic Church

    by acemj Updated Jan 1, 2005

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    There are two churches in Hallstatt. The one that appears the most in photographs of the town has to be the Protestant church down by the main square near the lakefront. However, the Catholic church (the Parish church of St Michael) that sits on the hill above the lake is actually the more impressive structure. The views from here down onto the town and over the lake is beautiful.

    The church dates to the 14th century and there is no fee to visit inside.

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    Old house/museum

    by nhcram Written Feb 3, 2008

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    This old museum in Halstatt is a like a journey through time showing paintings ceramics and ofcourse examples of the salt that has been mined here for hundreds of years.Well worth a visit. Once one of the oldest private houses in Halstatt the building was converted to a museum ibetween 1894 and 1898.

    Beautiful building that houses old museum

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