Narrow medieval alleys, centuries-old townhouses and an imposing 700-year-old fortress – the historic centre of Hall in Tirol is an architectural highlight.
It is considered the largest and best-preserved old town in Tirol, outshining even that in nearby Innsbruck. Located just 10km east of the regional capital, Hall in Tirol is home to almost 13,600 residents and has a long history of economic prosperity which continues to be reflected in its buildings today. From the 13th right through to the 20th century it was an international hub of salt mining and became the most important economic powerhouse in North Tirol. It was also awarded the right to mint coins in the 15th century. Minting took place in the Burg Hasegg fortress, which today houses a coin museum. In the old town there is also a mining museum where visitors have the chance to go into one of the pits and find out what life would have been like underground. As well as its economic wealth, Hall is also rich in culture. In summer it hosts the Haller Gassenspiele comedy theatre festival. Another annual highlight is the Sprachsalz international literature festival held every September.