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Hallstatt Ossuary

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Spooky but pretty

The ossuary of Hallstatt stores the skulls and bones of the inhabitants of this lovely little town. Because the cemetery was too small, the old graves were reopened and old bones... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

We stayed at a family run inn a bit out of town, but the inn, people, food and town were amazing. Going back there soon.They had some bicycles that guests could use for free. We rode around for hours. Went up the mountain. Saw the church with all the sculls. Hires a peddle boat and peddled on the sea.

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Kent, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Neat little sight to see while in Hallstat. Very interesting history! A little tough to find, but the destination was worth the journey.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The ossuary of Hallstatt stores the skulls and bones of the inhabitants of this lovely little town. Because the cemetery was too small, the old graves were reopened and old bones exhumed to make way for the new ones, and the bones are placed in the Ossuary, where they are painted with their names to make sure they are identified.... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

Although in there for only a few minutes, you got the idea of what they had to do to make things work.

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Melbourne, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is an interesting if creepy place. Easy to find as it is located in St Michaels Chapel next to the Catholic Parish church cemetery a short walk up the hill in Hallstatt. Entrance fee is E1.50 and you can get a short pamphlet in English describing this place. It is a small room with rows of decorated skulls and... More 

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Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

That is the name to look for when you reach the Catholic church. Church itself is up a steep slope behind the carpark of ferry terminal. There is more than 1 way to go up to Catholic church. Do not mix up Catholic church with the front protestant church. Charnel house can be eerie if you are alone. May not... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I would consider this a "must see" while in Halstatt, just for the cultural aspect, but the site seemed a little "creepy".

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

If you've been to the catacombs in Paris or Rome, you may find this a little disappointing (and small) however, the history of the place makes it just as interesting. The ossuary is in one small room and you can complete a visit in 10 - 15 minutes. Not an absolute must but if you are already visiting the adjoining... More 

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Eden, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

Amazing what other cultures like to do with their decedents. But, if you want to have a heart to heart with Grandma, there she is!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

I have been to many countries and this is only the second place I have come across a room of bones. The skulls are decorated and many have dates. It is in an incredible setting. So even if you don't like skulls, go for the view.

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Address: Address: Hallstatt, Austria
Location: Europe  >  Austria  >  Upper Austria  >  Hallstatt

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