Celtic City in the Heart of Tennengau
It is hard to imagine a city in the Tennengau being more multifaceted than Hallein. No wonder really, considering the centuries-old history combined with its modern lifestyle. As you stroll through the narrow lanes of the historic city center, you truly feel as if you are walking in the footsteps of the Ancient Celts. Nestled at the foot of the two Barmstein mountains, Hallein has far more to offer than its proximity to Salzburg.
Awaiting you in this city of the Celts…
A journey back in time to the Ancient Celts
During your family holidays in the Salzburger Tennengau, together with your children set out on a journey into the far-distant past and discover the historic Hallein city center in all kinds of fascinating ways. More than 300 sightseeing attractions and historic objects await discovery here in this city on the banks of the Salzach. From the homes of wealthy merchants to medieval fountains and the remnants of the former city walls: If you spend precious hours of your holiday with loved ones in Hallein/Bad Dürrnberg, non-stop variety is guaranteed.
Tip from Cleverix: Guided Tours in Hallein
Discover Hallein during a free guided city tour or led by a night watchman – certain to light up everybody’s eyes, adults and children alike. Thanks to the exciting and informative stories shared with you by the Hallein night watchman or the city guide, your walk with children will be transformed into an exciting adventure.
Night Watchman Tour of the medieval city center
As dusk falls over Hallein and the light of day gradually wanes, the Hallein night watchman will greet you, clad in historic garb, in the heart of the medieval city center. Now is the time for all kinds of mysterious and scary tales, though also song and music.
Hallein, City of Salt and the Celts
Aside from its Celtic past, Hallein is also famous for an especially valuable commodity: salt. In fact, hundreds of years ago salt made this city in Tennengau a household name far beyond the borders of present-day Austria. And even though salt hasn’t been mined here since 1989, “white gold” is still ubiquitous. Would you like to follow the trail of salt together with your kids? In that case, I recommend you pay a visit to the Hallein salt mine – one of more than 30 top attractions in the Tennengau region of Salzburg.
Incidentally: Located directly across from the salt mine, you will also discover SALINA Celtic Village. A place where I, Cleverix, feel right at home.
Cleverix Tip for your visit to Hallein:
- Visit the Silent Night Museum in Hallein, across from the parish church!
- Schedule in plenty of time! Hallein is also a popular shopping destination, with all kinds of shops & cafés, perfect for an extended stroll.
- Beer connoisseurs discover their own corner of heaven at nearby Hofbräu Kaltenhausen, including a guided brewery tour and tastings of their specialty beers! Free guided tours every Thursday from February to October, Hofbräu Kaltenhausen, 5:30 PM (please register by noon of the day before at Hofbräu Kaltenhausen, +43 (0)6245 795 5267 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tip: With the TennengauPLUS-Card, every Friday from February to November you are invited to participate in a free guided city tour.
Celts and History
At Museum of the Celts Hallein, one of the biggest museums of Celtic culture, history and art in Europe, you and your children can embark on a journey back to the far-distant past. Together, explore the Celtic burial chambers and a walkable mine tunnel, and marvel at the accurate replica of a Celtic war chariot.
Whether at the Celtic Museum or during one of the many guided tours and workshops – a visit to Hallein has plenty of fun in store for everyone.
You will find car parks (fees charged) in the historic city center as well as on the Pernerinsel. If you are in a short-term parking zone, please pay close attention to the signs. From the train station, you are only a few minutes’ walk from downtown. Meanwhile, the Postbus stops at Kornsteinplatz in the heart of Hallein.
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