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“Best small museum”
Review of Museum Hallstatt

Museum Hallstatt
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$898.70*
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Private Tour: Salzburg Lake District and Hallstatt from Salzburg
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Private Customized Hallstatt Full Day Tour
Ranked #12 of 17 things to do in Hallstatt
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York, United Kingdom
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“Best small museum”
Reviewed October 26, 2012

This has to be the best small museum I have ever visited. It makes all the archeological displays here in York look positively modern!! It is so well done yet seems understated. A must for anyone interested in learning more about this fabulous area. We will be back with our grandchildren as soon as we can.

Visited October 2012
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Cunha
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“Interesting”
Reviewed October 24, 2012

The museum tells the history of salt mining in a very interesting way. I recommend going in the museum before visiting the mine.

Visited September 2012
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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“Back to see the past”
Reviewed October 23, 2012

Great presentation for visitors to learn and understand for Hallstatt history, especialy the salt mine and the Celt culture

Visited October 2012
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Museum interprets history”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

This museum tells the story of the Hallstatt civilisation with special reference to the ancient salt mines in the mountains above the village. Displays are aging, but it's definitely worth visiting.

Visited July 2012
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Tucson
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“Sieben Tausend Jahre!”
Reviewed July 19, 2012

This quaint museum is currently celebrating 7000 years of history. It's a small museum, but has good quality exhibits, videos (in multi-languages), and artifacts. Given the significant history of this smallish lake town, it's a great 1 hour or so of your time. We took the train to Hallstatt from Salzburg HBF (Hauptbanhoff) and it took just over 2 hours to get to Hallstatt. Our round trip train fare was $22 Euro each, and it was good all day - we could come back on whatever train we wanted up to 9 p.m. On arrival at Hallstatt, we took the ferry ($4 Euro for round trip) just across the lake to the town, and the museum's entrance fee was $7 Euro. The tour is self-guided. Hallstatt is one of the oldest Salt Mines in the entire world; and purportedly still operational today. It's city was destroyed at least 2x in ancient times: once by a huge landslide, and again by the baker's wife setting the village on fire ... Oops! It is one of of the first communities to be given license to brew beer, and is one of the few European cities in which both Catholics and Protestants worshipped in harmony. The church with the tall spire is the protetestant, the church that is more squat is the Catholic. A picturesque, lovely town with a world-famous travel poster which is often replicated by photo enthusiasts, it's a charming, relaxed, lake-side town with a lot to offer besides the salt-mine tour. Great lakeside eateries, shops, and a landscape which is second-to-none. We ate at a very lovely lakeside cafe with a view of a white castle type structure across the lake. I don't know what that was, but it was very pretty. The cafe featured trout dishes with fish caught from Lake Hallstatt, seasoned with local salt of course. Very tasty! We found souveniers there to be lesser priced than the Getraidegasse in Salzburg, or even the lake villages of St. Gilgen and St. Wolfgang (which are also villages to explore and see!). I got a ceramic "Gross Gott" plaque for about $12 Euro, when in Salzburg they were $26 Euro. If you want lesser priced traditional clothing (Trachten), then shop in St. Gilgen, St. Wolfgang, or Faistenau vs. Salzburg as there are not a lot of TrachtenStuben in Hallstatt, but there are plenty of other souvenier type stores. There is also a gift shop in the museum, but it is smallish, and not a lot of variety. You will get a good history lesson and see some great artifacts in antiquity at the museum though, so it is worth the trip, especially at the reasonable cost.

I went to boarding school just outside of Salzburg from 1981-1983; Hallstatt was one of our field trips each year, and one of my most favorites. I feel blessed to have gone back there. Nothing has changed... it is still the most beautiful, picturesque, lakeside village you could ever hope to see. Go!

Visited June 2012
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