Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut

Salzkammergut is a historical region of Austria. Due to the large deposits of salt, the name of the region is translated as “property of the salt chamber” or “salt storeroom”. In addition to its rich history, the Salzkammergut is renowned for its beautiful landscapes. There are many lakes and mountains here, which, complementing each other, create picturesque landscapes and attract tourists from all over the world.

Salzkammergut: a land of lakes and picturesque towns

Culture in the Salzkammergut dates back to 3600-3300. BC NS. It was called Monza. Even then, people knew how to process copper, build houses on the water and extract salt in deep mines. Later, the Hallstatt culture appeared in this area, dating back to 900-400. BC NS. For the first time this area began to be called the Salzkammergut in 1656. At that time, active extraction of salt deposits was carried out, which continues to this day.

Description

There are 76 lakes in the Salzkammergut. The largest and most popular among tourists are: Attersee, Wolfgangsee, Hallstattersee, Mondsee and Traunsee. They are surrounded by mountains, forests, small and cozy towns and villages.

The Salzkammergut consists of 10 cities: Aussee Roland, Traunsee, Wolfgang See, Atter See, Bad Ischl, Mondsee, Fuchs See, Amtal, Attergau and the inner Salzkammergut with the cities of Hallstatt, Obertraun and Bad Goisern.

Hallstatt is a small town nestled in a mountain valley. Together with the Hallstattersee lake, the salt mines and the surrounding area, Hallstatt is included in the UNESCO heritage list. He is a symbol of Austria and is often featured on postcards. Here is the famous chapel of St. Michael (Michaelskapelle).

The main feature of Hallstatt is its thousand-year history. Archaeological excavations are being conducted right on the territory of the city, the finds of which are exhibited in the local museum.

An interesting feature is the fact that the houses in the city are built on 5 levels so that the basement of the upper houses is located on the same level with the roof of the lower ones. Some buildings are built on water.

Guests of Hallstatt can ride gondolas, go fishing, sunbathe on the artificial island. But swimming in the lake will not work, since the water is very cold. Also worth a visit are the natural caves of Dachstein and the romantic Echental valley with its “glacial garden”.

There are two towns on Lake Wolfgangsee – St. Gilgen and St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut. From the first city, by cable car, you can reach the top of the Zwölf Horn mountain, from where incredibly beautiful views open.

St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut is famous among European aristocrats. Many of them stayed at the Im Weissen Rossl. The city was named after the Church of St. Wolfgang – this is one of the few churches with two altars. From ancient times to the present day, St. Wolfgang has been considered an important site for religious pilgrimage. Many houses in the city are painted with frescoes and outwardly resemble toys. Because of this, it is sometimes called the “gingerbread town”. On the streets you can meet local residents in national costumes. Must-see places are the Puppet Museum, Mozart’s Mother’s House and the old baroque cathedrals.

And just 16 km from here is the most popular balneological resort in the whole of Upper Austria – the city of Bad Ischl with unique mineral waters and mud. There are many cathedrals, parks and museums in the city, mass celebrations are held: festivals, fairs and concerts.

On the shores of Lake Traunsee is another small and very cozy town – Gmunden. Here is the famous Orth castle on the water, in the construction of which Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles were mixed. After visiting Gmunden, it is worth visiting the Kammerhof Museum, which displays exhibits from faience and ceramics of the 16th-18th centuries.

When to go to Salzkammergut

Regardless of the season, the Salzkammergut always welcomes its guests and offers a holiday for every taste.

Alpine skiing is very popular here in the winter season. The region has many resorts with unique landscapes and tracks of different difficulty levels. The most popular are: Grunau, Hohleken, Krippenstein, Dachstein-West.

Summer in the Salzkammergut is popular with climbers, hikers and hikers. You can climb one of the mountains, from where you can see very beautiful landscapes. Some lakes are warm enough to cool off on hot summer days. You can also go fishing here.

In addition, tourists are offered a whole list of excursions, during which you will visit amazing places and learn a lot of interesting things about the life and history of one of the most picturesque corners of Europe.


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