Hallstatt Ossuary

Hallstatt Ossuary

Hallstatt Ossuary
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Janet K
Houston, TX2,201 contributions
A small fee which goes toward maintenance of the cemetery is reasonable and it is nice that they share the graveyard with others that visit their town. It does make one reflect on the future that faces us all. One should visit imo— we were glad that we did… plan about 15 minutes at the Cemetery and ossuary
Written May 30, 2022
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,767 contributions
Solo
This is perhaps one of the key attractions at Hallstatt. For a nominal entrance fee, you will be able to see skulls in this pretty small room and you will be given an sheet of information when you pay the entrance fee. However, you are required to return the sheet. Worth a visit and wouldn't take >20 mins.
Written December 29, 2020
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MarcusHurley
Bristol, UK8,499 contributions
We slowly walked through the town, taking in one stunning viewpoint after another and eventually reaching the parish church and ossuary. Land is in short supply here so people are only buried for 10 years and then dug up and the skulls and leg bones decorated and placed in the ossuary chapel although most people now apparently opt for cremation. Not sure what happens to the rest of the bones? Entry was €1.50 and we spent maybe 5 minutes there, it's interesting to see but it's just a pile of bones.
Written August 7, 2020
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Shannon
22 contributions
Couples
Interesting to see the history and how bones are collected due to a shortage of space. It's only one room but there are 100s of bones. Worth it for the price, and a must do in town. Views from the top are also spectacular.
Written August 23, 2020
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Clurry27
Atlanta, GA50 contributions
One of the few places I’ve seen where you can think without interruption and I can seriously say this community is in a place untouched by the rest of the world.
Written May 24, 2019
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islandius
Reykjavik28 contributions
Family
There is a sense of morbidity being in that tiny room with so much history. It's a quite steep way up but worth seeing how they payed homage to their deceased. The view from up there is also nice, so totally worth it.
Written September 5, 2017
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Cardinal5
Columbia, MO3,624 contributions
Couples
The Hallstatt Beinhaus or Bone House was very cool and well worth the little hike up to it. The small cemetery that you first walk thru is very cool and picturesque with the lake in the background. There are some very good pictures of the town and cemetery to be found here.
There is a lady at the entrance to the Bone House that will collect 2 Euro each I believe. She will give you a little information. Even though the bone House is bigger than it appears in photos, it is still pretty small and they only allow a few people in at a time, so you can get very nice uninterrupted photos. It is really something to see and shouldn’t be missed while in Hallstatt. It will be something you will tell people for years!
Written October 10, 2013
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World-wander-woman
Centennial, CO5,230 contributions
Solo
I had a little trouble finding this but if you go down the main street along the lake you will find some steps on the left and you climb up them. This has been in existence since the 12th cwentury. It is said that the graveyard is very small with no room to extend so the graves were opened 10 years after burrial. The skul and large bones were cleaned and bleached by the sun for several weeks, until all signs of decay had dissappeared. The skulls were painted and was seen as a sign of love. This tradition started in 1720 AD. The last skull was placed here in 1995 and lies to the right hanbd side under the cross. It is the skull of a woman who died in 1983 and her gold tooth is still visible. The skulls on the books belong to priests. Today it is no longer necessary to remove the bones because the number of cremations has increased. Today if someone wants to be placed here they have to make a personal testament to this affect that they wish to be place here. The significance of the paintings are: Oak leaves= glory, Laurel= victory, Ivy=life and Roses= love. The room is small but holds 1200 skuls inwhich 610 are painted and arranged according to family names and are marked with the date of death. before you enter there is a little booth that will charge you 1 or 2 euro to enter and they will give you a piece of paper that explains everything. This is where i got this information. They will give you one that is in plastic but if you want one she will give you one without plastic. I really liked this place. The graves are beautifully decorated and the "bone house" is not morbid or creepy. I recommend it.
Written January 30, 2013
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Noelle
47 contributions
Couples
1.50€ per person to go into a little room filled with skulls and bones stacked on the bottom. It was really cool! All the skulls have the persons name painted on, and sometimes there was even more information about them such as date of birth and/or death, and their careers while alive. All in German, so either translate on an app or ask a friend!
Written August 28, 2019
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Wonder man
Marktbergel, Germany28 contributions
Family
I took my two children into chapel. It was very interesting. Not creepy or scary. Too small for that. Takes only 10 minutes if you take time. Less if just looking and not explaining.
Written November 17, 2018
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