March 24, 2017

Hallstatt Calling??!?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Well this picture has spoken to me! I’m not sure if it is a thousand words but it has been calling to me for many years. I mean, look at this picture and tell me you don’t want to visit even if it’s just for a cup of coffee? Coffee won’t do for me. I want to go spend days soaking in the peaceful ambiance of this gorgeous village. I want to sit by the lake and just breathe in the air. I want to spend time hiking in the forest, exploring the surrounding countryside and nearby villages. I just want to spend time here.

Hallstatt scenic lake outside Salzburg Austria

Hallstatt by kainet, on Flickr

Besides the obvious beauty, what makes Hallstatt so special? Hallstatt is on the banks of the Hallstättersee in the Salzkammergut area, which is about 55 miles south of Salzburg. This area has been around along time, there is evidence of settlers in the area prior to 1300 BC. The Hallstatt area was important for its salt trade which dates back 7,000 years. All this history is why it was named a UNESCO World Heritage sight in 1997.

Hallstatt Austria beautiful lake outside Salzburg

Hallstatt by Sanderovski & Linda, on Flickr

Besides enjoying the many views, hiking the local mountains or wandering around the lake, the area offers some pretty interesting things to do including:

  • The Prähistorisches Museum presents a detailed story of the people settling this area and includes an extensive collection of Celtic artifact all dating back to prehistoric times.
  • Marktarktplatz is the center of town and has a fine display of 16th-century buildings.
  • Skulls in the Bone House at St. Michael Chapel Hallstatt Austria

    Hallstatt Skulls by Infrogmation, on Flickr

    The Gothic Catholic Church, dating back to 1320, stands on a hill overlooking the lake and offers some fine altars and murals. Also visit the cemetery and Bone house in St Michael Chapel. Due to space limitations in the cemetery, the bones of the interred were dug up, cleaned and put on display in the Bone house. Macabre and interesting!

  • Visit a Salt Mine where you will learn all about the salt trade and mining. During your visit you will see a salt chamber, visit a subterranean salt lake and enjoy a ride on the largest wooden slide in Europe!
  • The Dachstein Ice Caves are a spectacular sight. During a tour of the cave you will see the Great Ice Chapel, King Arthurs Cave, frozen waterfalls and the Mammoth Cave.

Yes there is quite a bit to do in the area but I would just like to meander. Meander Hallstatt. Meander around the lake. Meander the hillsides. I would like to just be . . . there . . . in Hallstatt.

Beautiful Hallstatt Austria outside Salzburg

Hallstatt, Austria by Florin Draghici, on Flickr

I’d love to hear your comments about a picture that has spoken to you. Tell me about it?

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Comments

  1. What a gorgeous place. I love Germany. I’d go back in a heartbeat. Switzerland and Austria, too. I love Luzern in Switzerland. That’s probably the most magical place I’ve ever visited. We have a 16X20 photo on our wall of Lake Luzern from atop Mt. Pilatus that I took when I was 15. No matter how many times I look at it, I can still remember every detail of that day, right down to the wind howling in my ear as I took the photo. Europe has that magic to it that cannot be found anywhere else.
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I agree with you about Lucerne. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve been and could sit for hours just enjoying the scenery. The picture from Mt Pilatus must be gorgeous! The views from Pilatus are quite amazing.

  2. Andrea says:

    I’m in Hallstatt right now. It’s definitely pretty but not particularly relaxing with the bus loads of tourists hanging around! The only peaceful place I’ve found is on a boat out on the lake. 🙂
    Andrea recently posted..First Impressions of Innsbruck

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Well that kind of bums me out! Those dang tourist busses. Maybe I’ll give Hallstatt a try in the fall or spring hopefully before the hoards make it out!

      Gotta say, the boat on the lake sounds pretty wonderful 🙂

  3. I’ve earmarked Hallstatt for a visit to the salt mines although the place we’ve staying by the lake at Wolfgangsee in the same area looks similar from the pictures
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  4. Scott says:

    I have had Hallstatt on my list twice and just for whatever reason missed it. That will not happen next year when I am in Europe again! great post!
    Scott recently posted..Doner Kebab Carver Hall of Fame Opens in Istanbul

  5. Andrea says:

    How beautiful! I’ll add that to my list of places to see in Austria 🙂

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Hallstatt look so peaceful. . . I feel relaxed just looking at the pictures!

      Thanks for stopping by, Andrea.

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