Hallstatt is a small village in the Austrian state of Upper Austria. This village is so beautiful that its copy was rebuilt in China (Huizhou). You should come and discover this village of 800 inhabitants by staying in the village or in the nearby town of Salzburg.
This little village is known for its production of salt, dating back to even prehistoric times. Some of the earliest archeological evidence for the Celts was found in Hallstatt. Salt was a valuable resource, so this region was historically very wealthy.
Today, Hallstatt is a popular tourist destination owing to its picturesque village appeal and can be toured on foot in ten minutes.
You can also tour the world’s first known salt mine named Salzwelten, which is located above downtown Hallstatt. The salt provided the wealth for the Inner Salzkammergut and it is the basis for the typical ancient customs and cultural traits.
The oldest wooden staircase in Europe is right here inside Hallstatt Salt Mine. It was discovered in 2002 and since that it is the object of scientific research.
There is also a 360-meters-high free-floating viewing platform, also known as the Hallstatt Skywalk. This platform offers a unique panoramic view over Lake Hallstatt and the beautiful mountain scenery.