Seehotel Grüner Baum, Hallstatt Seehotel Grüner Baum

Seehotel Grüner Baum **** Superior
Boutique-Hotel am Hallstättersee
Marktplatz 104, 4830 Hallstatt, Austria
+43 (0)6134 8263-0 DW 44
contact@gruenerbaum.cc
World Heritage Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut

Hallstatt

Hallstatt has 7000 years of history, and here can be found, amongst many other fascinating features, the oldest wooden staircase in the world. This picturesque village on the shore of the lake, which takes its name, owes its existence to rich salt deposits, which have been mined here since the days of the Celts and Illyrians. (Hall = salt, Statt = place).

Sights

Hallstatt Salt Mine Funicular

In only three minutes, guests glide calmly and safely up to the Hallstatt High Valley (838 m), location of the famous prehistoric burial ground. The panoramic views of the UNESCO Region of Dachstein and Lake Hallstatt are extraordinary. Whether to hike, stroll through the Hallstatt High Valley or simply enjoy the spectacular views, the Salzberg Mountain in Hallstatt is a gorgeous destination especially during good weather. Located directly at the mountain funicular station, guests will find the start of the ‘Soleleitung’ trail which follows the path of the world’s oldest pipeline.

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Hallstatt Salt Mine

Salt was and still is one of the most important raw materials in Austria. This oft-cited “white gold” has not only prompted the names of the city of Salzburg and region of Salzkammergut, it has also strongly influenced nature, and the lives and culture of the inhabitants in the area since the era of the Celts. And even today alert visitors may still notice the vestiges of this mineral in many spots in Austria. The Austrian salt company “Salinen Austria” has one of the longest and nearly uninterrupted commercial histories in Europe.

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Rudolf’s Tower

From the Rudolf’s Tower on the Salzberg Mountain in Hallstatt, visitors have a wonderful view of the World Heritage village of Hallstatt and the surrounding mountain landscape. Named for the first Habsburg ruler, the tower was erected between 1282 and 1284 by Rudolf’s son Duke Albrecht I of Austria as a defence tower for the purpose of protecting the shaft and buildings of the Hallstatt Salt Mine. Today the Rudolf’s Tower is home to a restaurant and café with a viewing terrace. The village of Hallstatt is a two minute walk from the mountain station of the Salt Mine Funicular.

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Hallstatt Museum

The new World Heritage Museum in Hallstatt embodies the motto ‘a life for white gold’. Within the impressive exhibitions, visitors will experience the history of the salt mining village from the beginning of human  settlement through today. This journey through time reaches back 7000 years and leads through various epochs of Hallstatt’s history. The museum focuses on key moments such as the early Iron Age—also known as the Hallstatt Period—as well as other formative events such as the fire of 1759 which ultimately led to a new appearance for the entire village. In addition to the numerous original artifacts from the Hallstatt burial ground, the museum presents various spheres of daily life such as religion, daily culture and tourism set in vivid and enlightening scenes.

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Catholic Parish Church

As far back as 1181, there was a small Romanesque church in Hallstatt. The mighty church tower from the 12th century remains as a present-day reminder of this original structure. During the late Gothic period, builders dared to extend the church over the steeply sloped cliff, and by 1505 the structure which we know today was completed. Shortly thereafter, the double-naved church was engulfed in severe religious wars and sporadically shifted between Catholicism and Protestantism. The church was favoured and supported by the salt merchants and the rich lords of the salt industry, in local commerce and at court. Since 1939 this gem has been solely maintained by the local parish, friends and visitors. In 2002 the Hallstatt catholic parish church was completely renovated.

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The Bone House

A very special feature of Hallstatt is the famous charnel house—the Bone House—in the Romanesque lower level of the Gothic St. Michael’s chapel. This room serves as an interment chamber for exhumed bones. Due to a lack of adequate space in the Hallstatt cemetery, 1800 finely cleaned skulls have been carefully stacked on simple boards around the room. The skulls have been labelled with names and birth and death dates as well as decorated with various ornamentation. The Bone House can be found behind the catholic parish church on the mountain.

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Cruise on Lake Hallstatt

Shipping has been in existence on Lake Hallstatt since 1862, and the transfer line between the Hallstatt market square and the train station has been in operation since 1881. Today the market square-train station line is the only ship connection on an Austrian lake which also operates throughout the winter months. The Lake Hallstatt shipping enterprise, owned by the Hemetsberger family since 1967, consists of a fleet of four ships. Enjoy the views of world-famous Hallstatt from the lake. It’s a unique experience that you will never forget!

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Dachstein Ice Caves

The ice palaces of Dachstein count as one of the greatest natural wonders of the Alps. People come from all over the world to see the underground ice landscape within the Dachstein Mountain. Mighty cave glaciers, icebergs and ice chapels are a welcomed contrast to the heat of summer days. On cool rainy days, the caves have been a safe refuge for both man and beast for thousands of years. Caves are ancient documents on which the changes of time are inscribed. Cave guides are prepared to illuminate the secrets of the earth’s history which have been decoded within the caves by scientists and explorers.

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Activities in summer

Swimming/Bathing

With the impressive surrounding mountain landscape, Lake Hallstatt offers visitors a unique bathing experience at diverse locations in Hallstatt, Untersee (Bad Goisern) and in Obertraun including two nudist beaches (in Untersee and Obertraun). All beaches are accessible free of charge.

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Boat Rental

Enjoy the gorgeous mountain landscapes directly from Lake Hallstatt itself. Explore the lake on your own accord by way of a pedal or electric boat or allow yourself to be rowed across Lake Hallstatt in a traditional wooden boat known as a ‘Plätte’.

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Hiking

Hallstatt is the starting point for 40 hiking destinations in the Dachstein Region. From mountain meadows and summits of 2000 metres, hikers will enjoy amazing vistas. Hiking trails are well-marked by the Alpine Association and are accessible by any well-equipped hiker.

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Paragliding

Paragliding is available from the Krippenstein Mountain (2100 metres) in Obertraun. In 1999 the Austrian National Championships in Paragliding were held on the Krippenstein with great success. The amazing flight region offers fantastic panorama views.

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Bike Arena Obertraun

Located in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut, with it's more than 1,500 km of designated mountain bike trails, the National Sports and Recreation Centre in Obertraun offers mountain bikers a special facilty with it's Bike Arena. In the immediate vicinity of an infrastructure tailored for athletes and sports enthusiasts, is a cross country track of international caliber which is available for amateurs and professionals throughout the year. Whether as a day trip, technique training or international competition; this sports venue, which is unique in Austria and Central Europe, offers technically challenging and demanding sections for all active athletes. - True to the motto: The Trail is the Adventure.

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Mountain Biking

There are over 300 km of forest service roads available for mountain biking throughout the Salzkammergut. From easy stretches for beginners to challenging courses for professionals, there is something for everyone—no desire goes unfulfilled.

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Activities in winter

Skiing

Pros and advanced skiers, beginners and those new to snow - for all of these Gosau and Obertraun has the right conditions to enjoy their skiing holiday in Dachstein Salzkammergut-region. Softly curved ski runs for beginners and the whole family, FIS slopes for demanding skiing pros, gorgeous deep powdery snow slopes for free-riders (Krippenstein) and free skiers make your skiing holiday an extraordinary and individual experience. When skiing and carving you will experience winter at its very best.

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Snowshoe hiking

Glistening powder snow, snowy winter landscapes, impressive views over the sea of clouds…, for those who stay away from prepared paths in winter, the fascinating landscape out of light, snow and ice opens up. The unforgettable view of white peaks against the backdrop of endless blue skies. Sometimes the path through the winter landscape is only possible with snowshoes.

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Cross-country skiing

The snow crunches, the trees blend in the white splendour, forget the worries of everyday life with the winter sun reflected in your ski tips. The countless beautiful mountains of the Salzkammergut are well known for the finest skiing. But this idyll does not only belong to the many wonderful ski slopes of the region.

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Dog sled rides

The Husky-Tours offered by Paul van Es in Gosau are very popular. The native Dutchman and his team from Husky-Spirit, not only travel through the idyllic Gosau Valley on his tours, but also provides an insight into life as a sledge dog guide. For those with a thirst for knowledge, there is plenty of time to learn more about "dog & owner". And your children will have lots of fun with the four-legged companions. Thus a winter holiday in the Salzkammergut becomes an unforgettable adventure. lifetime!

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Spas

Winter time is spa time! There are many private individuals throughout our region who are qualified to provide healing and energising complimentary treatments. These range from foot massages to aromatherapy.

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