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Hallstatt Ossuary

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Address: Hallstatt, Austria
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Very special feeling when entering the small room that contains 1 200 skulls and several long bones. No words can describe it. Silence in this small area is a question of respect... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 24, 2014
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Barrie, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

Different type of attraction. Small fee to enter Ossuary Halstatt. A little too eerie for me to be in a small room with thousands of skulls. In and out in about 5 minutes. On a plus side, spectacular views of the lake and town of Halstatt from this location.

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

This ossuary serves as such a unique example of turning life into art. Although it is a small room, it requires a moment to take in the stacks of painted skulls and bones, and to fathom that they all used to be people. It is better in the morning before it becomes crowded to experience it in solitude. The graves... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Very special feeling when entering the small room that contains 1 200 skulls and several long bones. No words can describe it. Silence in this small area is a question of respect, but with the crowds of tourists it may not be possible. Recommending going early in the morning or later in the afternoon when the hordes of tourists by... More 

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Linz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Some 30 steps up the hill and you get a wonderful view of Hallstatt from above. The entrance to the Ossuary only costs 1,50 Euro and what is hosts is very unique. Check out the chapel behind the church too.

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Boerne, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014 via mobile

Wanted granddaughter to see this as I had been there before. Unique. I think it interesting to have all the different families together.

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Provo, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

We have visited Hallstatt (including the Ossuary) at least a dozen times over a span of forty years and it has always been on our list of must visit places in Austria. Unfortunately, year by year it has become more and more overrun with tourists and more and more commercialized. A tiny village like Hallstatt can only stand so many... More 

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São Miguel do Oeste
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

The history of the Ossuary is that they ran out of space on the cemetery, and than they decided to take the bones out after being buried for 15-20 years, and painted the skulls with floral motifs. The ossuary is located within the upper chapel in Hallstatt (I don't remember the name), and the fee was 1,5 euro. It won't... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Like other reviewers, I found this site both highly intriguing and a bit unsettling at first. We walked in with no one else around and it was just us and the bones! The history of the site is really interesting and the paintings done on the individual skulls are very intricate and beautiful. The price isn't actually too much and... More 

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Los Altos, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

What a collection of bones! I guess it makes sense that you can only bury so many people in this small village before you run out of space. The small chapel was tended by a gatekeeper collecting a small admission fee. Upon entering you are struck by both the volume of bones as well as the detailed decorations on many... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I found the ossuary very interesting and informative. There is a sense of peace as you stand and read the names painted on the skulls. It makes it more personnel and relevant. I do resent having to pay to go in, but I guess it is the way of the world....

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