Hallstatt town is situated on the south western shore of Lake Hallstatt on alluvial sands from the Muehlbach river and has been famous for its salt mining since time immemorial. The Hallstatt - Dachstein/Salzkammergut alpine region is on UNESCO World Heritage List.
There are records of settlers in Hallstatt as early as the Neolithic Period. The salt mining industry has been in operation since 1300 BC, and continues today. A brine-like substance is extracted from the rocks. This is piped to the nearby salt works, where salt crystals are finally extracted. There have been many implications in the development of the salt industry such as forestry, manufacturing of tools, mining techniques, transportation , and of course provisions for local people themselves.
Hallstatt, UNESCO World Heritage Site
Just 5km away, in Obertraun, is the popular Dachstein west ski region, is approximately 18 km from Hallstatt.
Hallstatt, village center
(Source: Austrian National Tourist Office, MarvaoGuide.com)