Hallein is an Austrian town where history and nature converge. Known for its salt mines, scenic landscapes, and historical architecture, Hallein offers a blend of cultural richness and natural beauty that makes it an appealing destination for tourists. Read more

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Hallein is best known for its salt mines, also known as the "white gold" of the region. These salt mines are among the oldest in the world and have been in operation since prehistoric times. A visit to the salt mines is like taking a journey back in time, with guided tours available to educate visitors about the significance of salt mining in the region's history.
Apart from its mining heritage, Hallein boasts charming old-town streets, rich historical architecture, and an assortment of museums that offer insight into the local culture. The Keltenmuseum, for example, showcases the area’s Celtic history and is a must-visit for history enthusiasts. The town is also home to several churches and chapels that display exquisite craftsmanship.
Nature lovers will appreciate the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Hallein, including the nearby Dürrnberg Mountain which offers hiking, skiing, and panoramic views. The Salzach River running through the town adds a serene touch to the scenic beauty of Hallein.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Hallein

Hallein Salt Mines

Experience the town's rich mining history with a tour that takes you deep underground into the ancient salt mines.


This museum focuses on the Celtic history of the region, featuring artifacts, exhibits, and interactive displays.

Dürrnberg Mountain

Great for hiking and skiing, this mountain offers striking views of the Salzkammergut region.

Silent Night Museum

This museum is dedicated to Franz Xaver Gruber, the composer of the world-famous Christmas carol "Silent Night."

Parish Church St. Antonius

This historical church is known for its beautiful architecture and offers a serene atmosphere for quiet reflection.

St. George’s Chapel

Another religious site worth visiting, this chapel is renowned for its ornate frescoes.

Salzach River

A lovely place for a walk or a picnic, the riverbanks offer a picturesque setting.

Bad Dürrnberg Natural Toboggan Run

During the winter, this natural toboggan run offers a thrilling experience for the whole family.

Local Farmers' Markets

Experience local flavors and buy fresh produce at one of Hallein's regular farmers' markets.

Town Square

The central square is surrounded by quaint shops and cafes, making it a perfect spot for a leisurely afternoon.

What else to visit
In and around Hallein

Eagle Nest (5.57 km)

The Eagle's Nest s an architectural marvel with a dark past. Built as a mountaintop retreat for Adolf Hitler, it now serves as a restaurant and historical site with panoramic views that will leave you breathless.

Berchtesgaden (6.47 km)

Nestled amidst the towering peaks of the Bavarian Alps, Berchtesgaden is a quaint town that looks like it has been lifted straight from a fairytale.

Schonau am Konigssee (10.54 km)

Experience the heavenly allure of Schönau am Königssee, a Bavarian oasis renowned for its crystal-clear lake, verdant alpine scenery, and idyllic mountain vistas.

Salzburg (14.68 km)

Salzburg, the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, is a Baroque gem with a magnificent historic centre, situated between the Salzach River and the Hohensalzburg Fortress. The picturesque streets and charming atmosphere will captivate you.

Bad Reichenhall (17.19 km)

Bad Reichenhall is a picturesque spa town that promises a harmonious blend of wellness, culture, and natural beauty. Known for its salt production and therapeutic air, this town is a sanctuary for relaxation and outdoor adventure alike.

Werfen Ice Caves (19.67 km)

Ethereal world within the Werfen Ice Caves, the world's largest ice cave system. Located just an hour's drive south of Salzburg, Austria, this natural marvel promises an adventure that will transport you to an icy wonderland deep within the Alps.

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