Striking gold twice over in Hallstatt; cwonholiday; Travel Blog


Austria – Hallstatt-Dachstein / Salzkammergut Cultural Landscape

Gold with the extraordinary picturesque location on the shores of the Hallstatter See (lake) and white gold with the salt mine – another Unesco World Heritage site and one that had provided great wealth to the Habsburgs. Mind blowing history that we literally delved right into going 400 metres underground into the 7000 year old salt mine that continues to produce salt today. Our journey included a few gotta close my eyes moments, the steep funicular railway (cable car) ride up the outside of the mountain, the photo opportunity on the skywalk, hooning down two steep wooden miners slides – the sisters beating Tim by 0.8 of a kilometre reaching exactly 30k per hour causing Karen’s near suffocation event, sitting on a wooden bench (a miners train) hurtling along at breakneck speed back to the surface with minimal space top and sides.

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