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Since December of 1997 the region of Hallstatt - Dachstein / Salzkammergut has been honored with a position on the UNESCO World Heritage list. The region enjoys this recognition along side other Austrian contributions including the imperial palace of Schönbrunn and the historic city of Salzburg.
The Hallstatt region is comprised of a multifaceted natural landscape which includes both historic and cultural dimensions. With its unique network of caves and variety of flora and fauna, the region is considered a complex phenomenon. It is not only a cultural heritage site but also has the distinction of being a natural heritage location as well. With this international honor the Hallstatt region finds itself in an exclusive circle among UNESCO World Heritage sites. Ayers Rock in Australia and the Philippine Islands are the only other UNESCO sites in addition to the Hallstatt Region in which the aspects of both nature and culture so are uniquely combined.

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