Hall in Tirol

Coordinates: 47°17′N 11°30′E / 47.283°N 11.500°E / 47.283; 11.500
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Hall in Tirol
The oldtown of Hall with Karwendel range
The oldtown of Hall with Karwendel range
Coat of arms of Hall in Tirol
Location in the district
Location in the district
Hall in Tirol is located in Tyrol, Austria
Hall in Tirol
Hall in Tirol
Location within Austria
Hall in Tirol is located in Austria
Hall in Tirol
Hall in Tirol
Hall in Tirol (Austria)
Coordinates: 47°17′N 11°30′E / 47.283°N 11.500°E / 47.283; 11.500
Country Austria
DistrictInnsbruck Land
 • MayorEva-Maria Posch (ÖVP)
 • Total5.54 km2 (2.14 sq mi)
574 m (1,883 ft)
 • Total13,897
 • Density2,500/km2 (6,500/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Area code05223
Vehicle registrationIL

Hall in Tirol is a town in the Innsbruck-Land district of Tyrol, Austria. Located at an altitude of 574 m, about 5 km (3 mi) east of the state's capital Innsbruck in the Inn valley, it has a population of about 13,000 (Jan 2013).


Hall in the County of Tyrol was first mentioned as a salina (saltern) near Thaur castle in a 1232 deed. The current name dates back to 1256, and similarly to Halle, Hallein, Schwäbisch Hall or Hallstatt is derived from the Celtic word for salt.

Since the 13th century, the salt mine at Absam in the Hall Valley north of the town formed the main industry of the town and its surroundings. The first adit was laid out in 1272 at the behest of Count Meinhard II of Tyrol, with the brine channeled by a 10 km (6 mi) long pipeline to the evaporation pond at Hall. The importance of the salt industry, which exported goods as far as Switzerland, the Black Forest, and the Rhine valley, is reflected in Hall's coat of arms, which shows two lions holding a cask of salt. In 1303, Hall became a town. The rights that came with this, as well as the business associated with trading from Hall downriver on Inn and Danube, turned it into the leading market and trading place in the northern parts of Tyrol. Its development suffered a serious setback in 1447, when large parts of the upper town area were razed by a fire. In 1477, it got the right of coinage, when the Tyrolian mint was moved from Meran to Hall. In 1486, the mint produced the first large silver coin Guldengroschen in Europe. In the 16th century, the mint in Hall also introduced the world's first automated coining machine. Today a reconstruction of this revolutionary machine can be seen in the Hall Mint Museum [3] in the Burg Hasegg.

In the 15th and 16th centuries, Hall was one of the most important towns in the Habsburg Empire. This period saw the construction of many of the churches, monasteries and convents that still shape the appearance of the town. Today Hall has the biggest intact old town in the western part of Austria.

During the Habsburg monarchy, a military garrison was established in Hall. This, along with the large freight train station, became a target of heavy bombardment during World War II, which destroyed the train station but left the old town almost unscathed.

From 1938 to 1974, the town was called Solbad Hall. "Solbad" was dropped from the town name a few years after the salt mine was closed in 1967.


Historical population


Climate type is dominated by the winter season, a long, bitterly cold period with short, clear days, relatively little precipitation mostly in the form of snow, and low humidity. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Dfc" (Continental Subarctic Climate).[4]


Notable people[edit]

Hippolyt Guarinoni, 1610
Janine Flock, 2018


Town twinning[edit]

Hall in Tirol is twinned with:

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Dauersiedlungsraum der Gemeinden Politischen Bezirke und Bundesländer - Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Einwohnerzahl 1.1.2018 nach Gemeinden mit Status, Gebietsstand 1.1.2018". Statistics Austria. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  3. ^ www.muenze-hall.at: Hall Mint Museum
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Hall in Tirol