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Hallstatt Ossuary

Hallstatt, Austria
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Ranked #6 of 7 Attractions in Hallstatt
Type: Cemeteries, Religious Sites, Cultural
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Montreal, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
47 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

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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40 reviews 40 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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194 reviews 194 reviews
83 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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57 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
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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Hong Kong
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46 reviews 46 reviews
11 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's a very small cemetery filled with skulls and bones but it's not at all gruesome or horrifying, in fact it's a unique piece if history that's unforgettable. It's not an easy find at all and even when we google searched it on the spot there's no trace of it---that's how small it is. It's up some flights of steps... More

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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174 helpful votes 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Very shivering experience. When you see all those skulls in this small room it's a bit frightening, but overall worth the visit and the small fee.

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