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