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Hallstatt Ossuary

Hallstatt, Austria
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Ranked #5 of 7 attractions in Hallstatt
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites
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Launceston, Australia
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261 reviews 261 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

This was a fantastic discovery but it is very difficult to find. There are no signs to it and we actually asked at a café where to find it. Turn left at the church were the directions. This led us to a steep climb but it was worth it as near the top we spotted a cemetery and the first... More

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

There is so little land available around Hallstatt that grave space is at a premium. The town reused these grave sites for centuries until the Catholic Church began allowing cremation of the dead in the 1990’s. The Ossuary is a very bizarre display of the bones. This is where the bones of the old dead had to be placed to... More

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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17 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I have been here a long time ago when I was a kid. Now the first thing I noticed when I came back is that you have to pay for it to see this small room of bones. 1.50 for adults and 0.50 for children. A little weird but it stays odd to see something like this. On the cemeterie... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

Seeing the skulls laid out is something different but it was very interesting. The skulls have colorful drawings on them and gives them a new life and meaning. A fascinating place and worth seeing. The cemetery is also worth a look as is a special and sacred place.

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Colorado Springs
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22 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

Having read that Hallstatt is home to one of the few ossuaries in the world, I wanted to see this unusual attraction. However, since in early March, it was still considered the winter season, some attractions were not yet open. Luckily for us, the door to the small chapel was open and we were able to see some of the... More

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Warren, Vermont
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

The other couple who was with us didn't want to walk all the way up to the church and ossuary, but it was a beautiful walk and we were very glad we did it. The cemetery outside the church was lovely, and we saw an elderly woman tending a grave. A cat slept on another grave. The backdrop, the view... More

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South Williamsport, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

This tiny little room of skulls and femurs is quite unique. This crypt contains the painted skulls of many of the locals from the past century or two. After 10 or 15 years of laying in the cemetary ground, the bodies would be dug out. The families would then have the skulls painted and placed in the crypt. I believe... More

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Toronto
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013

If you've never seen something similar, then by all means go for a visit. It's simply a tiny room full of painted skulls. Your visit will be over in a few minutes. If you've seen other similar sights, such as Kutna Hora in the Czech Republic, this one will pale in comparison. But at 1.5 euros, the price is reasonable... More

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Auburn, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

My wife and I have never been into anything quite like this. When they run out of room in the cemetery the bones are moved here (although that hasn't been done in many years due to the Catholic Church changing it's view on cremation). If you are looking to do something different on your trip to the area stop by... More

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St Louis
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

Wonder what she would think in a place like this? Went while we were staying in Hallstatt. Doesn't take a long time as the room isn't very large, but well worth the effort. My second time seeing the Beinhaus, first time (late Nov, 4 years ago didn’t have to pay) This visit, three weeks ago, admission was charged, 2 Euros... More

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