The cultural capital Ebensee looks back on a rich history, which is inextricably linked to the establishment of the salt works in 1607. For a long time, Marktgasse was the main shopping street and thus not only the commercial center of Ebensee, but also the social center due to its high density of taverns. Together with the Soleweg behind it (which runs along the former brine pipeline), it was also the most important connection between the Traunbrücke bridge and the Steinerner Brücke bridge. The older generation still remembers the time when Marktgasse was the vibrant center of Ebensee. However, this has changed over the course of history due to infrastructural changes. The inns died, the retail businesses closed and left behind a place that is characterized above all by its high proportion of vacancies.