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The Celts on the Dürrnberg
2,600 years of settlement history
Hallein and the Dürrnberg look back on thousands of years of settlement history. The "white gold" has shaped life in the region and the town - from prehistoric salt mining and archiepiscopal mining to the present day.
Celtic miners were already exploiting the salt deposits on the Dürrnberg during the Iron Age. Artistic jugs, filigree fibulae and elaborate everyday objects bear witness to the prosperity of the people. Precious objects made of amber, gold, coral or glass tell of far-reaching trade relations. It was only in the 12th century that the archbishops rediscovered salt as a source of wealth.
The history of the settlement of the Celts is presented on the first floor, where english texts are placed at the disposal of our visitors.