One of the best-preserved old towns in Austria stretches around the Oberer Stadtplatz (Upper Town Square) of Hall in Tirol
About 10 km from Innsbruck, Hall in Tirol invites you to a journey into the Middle Ages. Here, around the central Town Square, towers rise, winding alleys lie and venerable town houses adorn the townscape. Today, Hall in Tirol is much smaller than Innsbruck and a wonderful place for an excursion or a few days between culture and nature. A few centuries ago, however, it was clearly superior to Innsbruck: Back then, mining was practised here.
From the 13th century onwards, salt was mined around Hall and transported to Lake Constance on the Tyrolean Salt Road. The white gold elevated the place to a town in 1303 AD. Still today, the name of Hall's event centre is "Salzlager" (salt storage). In 1477, Archduke Sigmund finally moved the provincial mint from Merano in today's South Tyrol in Italy to Hall in the austrian North Tyrol: The Hall Mint Museum and the Mining Museum Hall in Tirol tell of those times.
In the heart of the old town of Hall you will find the Upper Town Square. Surrounding it are the tower of Hasegg Castle with the Hall Mint, the town hall and the Gothic St. Nicholas Church. This square is considered one of the most beautiful urban squares in Austria. In addition, there is the Stiftsplatz (Monastery Square) with the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and the All Saints' Church, which is the first baroque church in North Tyrol. Small shops and cafés right in the middle then invite you to take a break in the sun. By the way, Hall has also been a university town since 2004.