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Visit the Town of Hallstat in Austria
Hallstatt, this name is pronounced by archeologists with admiration. The European Iron Age was named after this village with the population of twelve hundred situated 15 kilometers from Salzburg. Salt was indispensable even at that time for the preservation of food or the preparation of animals’ skin for instance. The salt was mined with pick axes and shovels and was brought to the surface in leather baskets. Those who were interested in the past may visit the local history museum or the museum of pre-history.
An attraction of the village is a Saint Michael Chapel and the bone house. Since the church was built directly in front of a steep hillside there was very little place left for the cemetery this is why it was necessary to form a bone house. People find it terrible, morbid, shocking or simply interesting according to their temperament.
The skulls of the exhumed skeletons are marked with names, decorated with flower patterns and repacked tightly on the shelves so there is more place for residents who used to live in this village.
There was a very narrow area available between the shore or the lake and the mountain so houses were stacked steeply up the hill. The towers or the two churches rise above the houses for the house boats stands below in the water.
If we look at Hallstat from the direction of the lake from a boat or ship then its unmatched beauty is obvious. The main square of Hallstat is beautiful many say that is matches that of Monse. The little square with the Trinity statue in the middle is girdled by colorful little houses and many of them we can find the café, a confectionery or a small shop. All of them are well maintained and orderly even the climbing juranians in the windows are equally beautiful. This is where the nubuck waterfall rushes from the mountain into the lake.
The world’s oldest salt mine has more than a hundred thousand visitors a year. We can reach the mountain by cargo railway. From the cabins or from the terrace of the restaurants in the mountain a breathtaking view opens up. And the building near the mine, everybody receives protective clothing then they are taken down to the shaft in mine cars. Everyone gets a little danger when sliding down to the deep city mine and to prove their courage photos taken of them can be bought at the exits.
Everywhere we can see original pieces of equipment’s used for mining. The process of salt mining is presented in a film. Around the salt lake alive and sound presentation is displayed. And then the prices to be paid for the easy slide down visitors have to climb back to the mine cars on a winding staircase. Another glance with the mine then the car will take us back to the parking place.