Municipality of Hallstatt - Austria

The Municipality of Hallstatt, Marktgemeinde Hallstatt in German, is located in the Austrian Alps, in the State of Upper Austria. Hallstatt, with 815 inhabitants in 2011, is a renowned village of the Salzkammergut region. The long history of human activities in the region, closely related to the extraction of salt, and the beauty of its landscape makes the area exceptional. In 1997, the value of the site was recognised by the UNESCO, which inscribed the Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape as cultural property on the World Heritage List. While the core and buffer zones of the Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape are spread across 15 municipalities of the States of Upper Austria, Styria and Salzburg, some of the most important features are found in Hallstatt’s territory. The salt mine (one of the oldest in the world and still in operation today), the magnificent views on Hallstatt’s lake and mountains, and the old town centre, a gothic miner settlement which was rebuilt in late Baroque style after a fire took place at the end of the 19th century attract many tourists from around the world every year.