Hallstatt Guided Walking Tour, the Church, and the House of Bones

Hallstatt Guided Walking Tour, the Church, and the House of Bones

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      Hallstatt, Austria
      1.5 Hours
      Moderate
      From (USD)
      $ 218

      • Old Town: Walk along the lakeside promenade and see the town's oldest house. Admire the pastel houses around the beautiful (and romantic) Market Square, with its 1744 Holy Trinity statue.
      • Parish Church: Daringly set on a steep rocky cliff, this small Gothic gem has a sizeable 34- by 16-foot altar, intricately carved out of fir, featuring the Virgin Mary with the infant Jesus in her arms.
      • Archeological excavations: See amazing artifacts dating back 7,000 years, discovered purely by chance during an emergency excavation in a local sport shop's cellar.

      Meeting point

      Pick-up is included from select hotels. Please specify your hotel name and location during check-out.

      Helpful hints

      Bring small coins for the bathroom. Don't miss out on tasting the original "Kaiserschmarrn" (sweet pancake style desert).

      Getting around

      Plan on walking for 1.5 hours through the streets at a leisurely pace. Expect to stand for periods of time. The tour is not wheelchair accessible but it is suitable for persons with limited mobility. Operator can modify route with advance notice.

      Activity type

      Private Tour, Cultural, Family Friendly, Walking Tour

      Tour ID

      TR-EUR-AUT-HALL-EN-1001

      Tour Participation Requirements

      Activity Level

      This experience is rated moderate. Full participation may require extended periods of walking over even and uneven surfaces, steep terrain and/or water activity in a slight current. There may be steps, inclines, cobblestone surfaces, and extended periods of standing. Participants with physical limitations should take this into account.

      Age restrictions

      Suitable for all ages.

      The value of land comes into sharp focus in picturesque Hallstatt; because in this idyllic town, nestled on an incredibly narrow strip between the Dachstein Mountains and a clear blue lake, there's no land to spare.

      For thousand of years, Hallstatt has yielded the wealth that comes from one of the world's most useful raw materials: salt. (Hal is Celtic for salt.) But in contrast to the vast amounts of salt that have been mined, there's precious little land to go around. Meaning that the cemetery did not have enough space for all town residents to be buried there.

      As a result, burying corpses vertically, and exhuming them after 10 to 20 years so the plot could be re-used, became standard practice. But the exhumed skulls had to go somewhere, and that gave birth what today is known as the House of Bones (Beinhaus), the ossuary at Hallstatt's Catholic Parish Church.

      Skulls from the exhumed corpses would be cleaned and exposed to sunlight until they were bleached white. Beginning in the 18th century, it became acceptable to decoratively paint the skulls, often including the person's name and date of death.

      On this tour you'll see over 1,200 documented skulls in the House of Bones, 610 of which have been painted. The last addition came in 1995, from a woman who died in 1983.

      Her last request was to be stored there.

      Peppered with prehistoric artifacts

      Salt has always been a vital commodity. Not only was it used to preserve meats before refrigeration, and flavor food that was bland, at best; the salt in Hallstatt's mines – the oldest mines in the world – preserved the artifacts that provided so much insight into a prehistoric culture now referred to by the name of this idyllic Austrian village,

       

       

      Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.

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