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Hallstatt Ossuary

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Address: | Öffnungszeiten: Von Mai bis Oktober täglich von 10.00 bis 18.00 Uhr., Hallstatt, Austria
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It is pretty unique. You pay a small fee for entering ONE room with a couple hundred skulls sorted on tables by families. The skulls from whole trees of generations from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is pretty unique. You pay a small fee for entering ONE room with a couple hundred skulls sorted on tables by families. The skulls from whole trees of generations from Hallstatt families are shown here - nicely ornated with paintings. It should be remembered that these are real - not fake skulls. And thus a respectful behavior is appropiate.

Thank Junix02
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting, plus the view from the church grounds is beautiful. A must-see you really want to see in Hallstatt.

Thank Ema T
Winthrop, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What do you do when you live in the side of a mountain and your cemetery isn't big enough? Dig em up paint there names on the skulls and pile them up for all to see. so cool you have to see this!

Thank Beeba1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Hallstatt Ossuary allows you to get closer to the families who have been living in this small alpine, lakeside town for centuries. The hardship of finding space along the mountains, even for their dead tells its own story about the no nonsense, matter of fact people who have been able to live in the harsh climate and conditions alongside... More 

Thank Birgit N
Pune, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Hallstatt ossuary is unique and is worth your time of just a few minutes during your Hallstatt stay/ stopover.

Thank Pranav_Thakur
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

The charnel house or ‘Bone House’ (Beinhaus) in St. Michael’s Chapel is one of the most interesting tourist sites in Hallstatt. The chapel dates back to the 12th century and is located next to the catholic parish church and cemetery. It contains an unusual collection of over 600 artistically painted skulls, many dating from the end of the 18th century... More 

Thank Ninnytendo
Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

This experience, for us, was over in 10 minutes. This doesn't mean it's not worth it. It's only a few Euros and you get to stand amongst all these skulls and read a sheet on the history of this little room. We took photos on my phone but the dim light made it blurry, so I'll not upload. There's not... More 

Thank Jazz H
North Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

We had not fully done our research about Hallstatt and only came across this "attraction" when visiting the catholic church. This was accessed before the church and you had to pay a modest entrance fee of €3 per person. The site is small and dark, but what you see, if you were not expecting this, comes as a surprise. A... More 

Thank The_Review_Queen
New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

This was a small, out of the way chapel in historical Hallstatt. The gentlemen at the entrance was helpful and offered written translations for most visitors. A historical site not to be missed.

Thank KWSNorthport
Marietta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed learning about the history and culture of the town of Hallstatt, and particularly of the salt miners and people of the town. Our guide, Amelie Horing, did such a nice job describing the life of the church and town. And the view from the church's platform alone is worth the walk up

Thank Kristin M

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