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Hallstatt
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Coat of arms of Hallstatt
Coat of arms
Country Austria
State Upper Austria
District Gmunden
Area
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Elevation
511 m (1,677 ft)
Population
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Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
4830
Area code 06134
Vehicle registration GM
Website www.hallstatt.at

Hallstatt is a village in Upper Austria. Currently, a little over 900 people live there. It is in the Salzkammergut, a mountain regionin Austria. It lies on a lake.

Because of its position, Hallstatt could only be reached by boat (or by using narrow, difficult mountain trails) for a long time. At the end of the 19th century a road was built. Despite this, even in the Neolithic people might have lived there. This is because there is a lot of natural salt there. In 1846, Johann Georg Ramsauer (a salt miner) found a cemetery from the neolithic age just above the village. A cultural epoch in Europe is named after this. It is called Hallstatt culture. Other finds in the region include a Shoe-last celt (a special kind of wedge, probably used to treat wood). A blacksmith site has also been excavatzed.

Today, the village lives mainly on tourism. There is a copy of the village in China.


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