|• Mayor||Christian Stöckl (ÖVP)|
|• Total||26.98 km2 (10.42 sq mi)|
|Elevation||447 m (1,467 ft)|
|Population (1 January 2016)|
|• Density||770/km2 (2,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Hallein is a historic town in the Austrian state of Salzburg, the capital of the Hallein district. It is located in the Tennengau region south of the City of Salzburg, along the Salzach river in the shadow of the Untersberg massif, near the border with Germany. With a population of c. 20,300, Hallein is the second largest town of the Salzburg state.
Long known for the Hallein Salt Mine in the Dürrnberg plateau, settlements in the area have been traced 4000 years back. It was a Celtic community from 600 BCE until the Romans took over their Noricum kingdom in 15 BCE. The name Hallein is one of many Hall-names in the south German language area that may have something to do with salt mining and for which Celtic, Germanic and other origins have been discussed.
In the 11th century the extraction of salt at Hallein became crucial for the economic wealth of the Salzburg Archbishopric, competing with the salt production of Reichenhall in Bavaria. Archbishop Kuenburg had the Protestant miners expelled at the end of the 17th century, after which several hundred of them emigrated to Walcheren and Zeelandic Flanders in the Dutch Republic.
World War II
Hallein was the site of a work camp annex to the Dachau concentration camp during World War II. After the war, it was the site of a permanent Displaced Persons camp (Beth Israel). In mid-1947, ORT opened a school in two of the barracks, teaching tailoring, dressmaking, electrical and radio technology, baking, beautician training, and upholstery to over 200 students. Later ORT also offered English language classes. In 1948, with the closure of other DP camps, Hallein became the Austrian collection point for Jewish emigrees to Canada and the United States. The camp closed in 1954.
Hallein hosts two museums of historic and musical interest. The Keltenmuseum displays artifacts and narrative describing the early Hallstatt and La Tene Celtic cultures as well as the development of salt mining in the region through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. The Silent Night Museum features information relating to the composing of one of the best-known Christmas songs of the 19th century. It documents the life and times of composer Franz Xaver Gruber. The museum houses the guitar originally used by lyricist Joseph Mohr and several signed copies of the sheet music.
Seats in the municipal assembly (Gemeinderat) as of 2014 elections:
- Austrian People's Party (ÖVP): 13
- Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ): 6
- Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ): 2
- The Greens: 2
- NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum: 2
- Clemens Holzmeister, architect, (1886-1983)
- Herbert Fux, actor and politician, (1927-2007)
- Judith Wiesner, tennis player, born 1966 in Hallein
- Anna Fenninger, alpine ski racer, born 1989 in Hallein
- Johann Georg Mohr (to 1656 Radstadt - 1726 Hallein), Baroque sculptors, "Hall One Master"
- Franz Xaver Gruber (1787-1863), composer of "Silent Night, Holy Night"
- August Schenk (1815-1891), botanist
- Manfred Baumann (born 1956 Hallein), journalist, author, comedian and ORF editor
- Thomas Stangassinger (born 1965 Hallein), former skier
- Herbert Ilsanker (born 1967 Hallein), former football player
- Michael Wildner (born 1970 Hallein), former middle-distance runner
- Sanel Kuljić (born 1977 Salzburg), childhood in Hallein, football player
- Stefan Ilsanker (born 1989 Hallein), football player
- Anna Veith (born 1989 Hallein), skier
- Statistik Austria - Bevölkerung zu Jahresbeginn 2002-2016 nach Gemeinden (Gebietsstand 1.1.2016) for Hallein.
- "Salzburg Area". World ORT. Retrieved 7 January 2011.
- Keltenmuseum, 2013. http://www.keltenmuseum.at/de/
- Kelten-Salz-Kultur, 2013. http://hallein.com/wEnglish/sehenswertes/hallein.php
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- (German) Hallein official website
- "Municipal data for Hallein". Statistik Austria.
- A timeline of Hallein salt mining can be found at http://www.salzwelten.at/en/hallein/saltmine/history/