This small ossuary contains rows of neatly stacked skulls, painted with decorative designs and the names of their former owners. Bones have been exhumed from the overcrowded graveyard since 1600, and although the practice waned in the 20th century, the last joined the collection in 1995. It stands in the grounds of the 15th-century Catholic Pfarrkirche (parish church), which has some attractive Gothic frescoes and three winged altars inside.

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1. Weltkulturerbe Museum


This multimedia museum has a strong focus on the region’s history of Iron Age/Celtic settlement and salt mining, taking you through 26 stations of…

2. Dachsteinsport Janu

0.13 MILES

Celtic and Roman excavations can be seen downstairs in Dachsteinsport Janu, where there's a free exhibition that gets a little kitsch at times but…

3. Salzwelten


The fascinating Salzbergwerk (salt mine) is situated high above Hallstatt on Salzberg (Salt Mountain) and is the lake's major cultural attraction. The…

4. Krippenstein

3.46 MILES

From Obertraun you can catch a cable car to Krippenstein (2109m), where you'll find the 5 Fingers viewing platform, which protrudes over a sheer cliff…

5. Dachstein Caves

3.66 MILES

Climb to the Dachstein caves (Dachsteinhöhlen) and you’ll find yourself in a strange world of ice and subterranean hollows, extending 80km in some places…

6. Dachstein Eispalast

6.61 MILES

Situated in a crevice of the Dachstein Glacier along a sheer cliff face, the Eispalast creates the strange effect of walking through an enormous, hollow…

7. Kammerhof Museum


Kammerhof Museum, housed in a beautiful 17th-century building, covers local history and salt production. It also has some portraits of Anna Plöchl, the…

8. Salzwelten Altaussee

7.41 MILES

Situated near the Altaussee about 6km north of Bad Aussee, this working salt mine was the secret hiding place for art treasures stolen by the Nazis during…