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the salt is the ideal starting point for exploring the surrounding area. There is a lot to see in the old town of Hallein. In addition to interesting historic sights, you’ll find a wide range of small shops and cozy cafés in these charming medieval streets. The nearby city of Salzburg celebrates a great amount of local history, culture, and cuisine as well. With its lakes, mountains, meadows and forests, the Salzburg countryside is perfect for relaxing in nature.
The province of Salzburg spreads across most of the Flachgau region an offers a wide range of outdoor activities. The lower and higher Alps, the lake district, the Salzkammergut region and the flysch regions are perfect for hiking trips, bike tours and swimming. Also on the summer program: various water sports, golf, horseback riding and much more. In the winter, the area turns in to a snow-covered wonderland, with lots of modern ski areas, toboggan runs, snowshoeing trails, ice skating rinks and cross-country ski runs.
The Salzburg old town is one of Austria’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, as it represents the spiritual center of Central Europe. The city was residence to the former archbishop, whose roots go back to the early days of western civilisation. This time in history is kept alive through well-preserved monasteries, the cathedral, the many medieval and baroque buildings, as well as the Hohensalzburg Fortress. Especially the cathedral, the New Residence and the fortress are worth a visit. Other highlights include the Getreidegasse shopping street, Mozart’s birthplace, Mirabell Palace and the Mirabell Gardens, the Museum of Modern Art and Hellbrunn Palace. The city mountains Kapuzinerberg and Moenchsberg are beautiful places to take a walk and enjoy great views of the city.
old town hallein
The historic old town of Hallein is located in the southern Tennengau region, in the province of Salzburg. The town tells an interesting story on every corner, and you’ll still get a strong sense of the past when strolling through its medieval streets. Around 600 BC the Celts began to mine salt here. The so-called “white gold” brought them considerable prosperity, which is why the area became the economic and political center of its time.
Today, visitors have the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in this fascinating time in history. Hallein’s old town has remained nearly untouched since its creation, which means that the center has been preserved from the Middle Ages. The Celtic Museum in Hallein houses one of the most important collections of Celtic art and culture. The Silent Night Museum, the saltworks on the Pernerinsel, the parish church and the Mediterranean-style squares are also worth a visit. Another highlight and must-see are the salt mines on the Duerrnberg Mountain in Hallein, where the Celts mined their salt 2,500 years ago. Special features on the tour include the miner’s slides, the train ride, the boat trip across an underground lake and the Celtic village.