A big layer of salt is located under the area of Bad Reichenhall up to Hallein and Ischl. The bed of salt has been excavated since centuries.
Typical Salzkammergut culinary specialities include dishes such as Kaiserschmarrn (cut-up and sugared pancake with raisins), Krapfen (similar to doughnuts) or Lebkuchen (gingerbread).
The area go know as the Salzkammergut. The Salzkammergut was selected by UNESCO as a worldheritage cultural landscape. UNSECO described it as follows: "Human activity in the magnificent natural landscape of the Salzkammergut began in prehistoric times, with the salt deposits being exploited as early as the 2nd millennium B.C. This resource formed the basis of the area's prosperity up to the middle of the 20th century, a prosperity that is reflected in the fine architecture of the town of Hallstatt."