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Hallstatt

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  • Day25

    Hallstatt, Austria

    September 27, 2016 in Austria

    It took us 3 hours on the public bus to get to Hallstatt but it was totally worth it! The trip went by quickly even though we had to change buses 3 times since most of it was spent admiring the scenic drive through the mountains and small villages of the Austrian Alps. We also got to watch all the local kids get on and off the bus since we quickly realized they don't have traditional school buses.

    Once we made it to Hallstatt we came upon such a tranquil and pristine view of the lake that surrounds the tiny town in the heart of the Alps. We rented a little cottage apartment right by the park where we got to sit out and enjoy the swans in the lake. The following day we had a little adventure where we went to the ice caves formed over 10 million years ago and hiked the Alps to get some amazing views and fresh air! We also discovered a new hobby we hope to take up one day.... paragliding! How cool would it be to soar about the mountains and experience things from another perspective!?
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  • Day45

    Halstatt

    October 10, 2017 in Austria

    The rain disappeared today, so we drove for an hour alongside a couple of the lakes to visit the beautiful lakeside village of Halstatt.

    Very picturesque to say the least. The water is crystal clear up close and I assume only looks black from the shores because it is so deep - we could see that it dropped away quickly. There were a large number of swans in the village vicinity and obviously accustomed to being fed because they got quite nasty if you go up close and didn't have any food for them.

    We also walked through the cemetery of the church on the hill, and it has to be the most beautiful cemetery ever! The plots were tiny, each one was well cared for, covered in flowers or ornamental shrubs and unique - gorgeous.
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  • Day4

    Hallstatt esti varosnezes

    February 29, 2016 in Austria

    Si utan viszonylag gyors osszkeszules es irany Hallstatt esti varisnezesre. Nagyon szep kis varos, igazi kis ekszerdoboz, csak sajnos a seta felenel elkezdett szakadni az eso, igy teljesen szetaztunk. Raadasul minden normalisabb etterem zarva volt, mert errefele a hetfo a ruhetag, ugyhogy ott eldontottuk hogy megyunk a höllwirtbe vissza vacsizni. Ismet nagyon finomat ettunk es kozben lefalabb meg is szaradtunk. Sanyi eloetele fustolt szarvas volt, en ettem egy fokhagymakremlevest, majd feleztunk egy hatalmas adag kacsamellsalatat.Read more

  • Day536

    Day 537: Hallstatt

    August 5 in Austria

    Hallstatt is a beautiful little village in Austria, perched in an impossibly small patch of terrain between towering mountains and a shimmering lake. With the red roofing and a slender church tower, it's basically perfection. If you've ever heard of that Chinese business man who liked a particular village so much he had a replica built in China - it's Hallstatt.

    So although it's a World Heritage site, it's also incredibly, incredibly popular. To beat both the heat and the crowds, we left our accommodation super early in the morning, around 6:30am! It was about a 30 minute drive around the mountains to Hallstatt but we arrived at around 7:15 and were among the first cars in the car park. Nice.

    We walked slowly through the tiny little town, soaking up the buildings and the atmosphere with hardly anyone around. A couple of locals walking dogs, delivery people with supplies and mail, and a couple of tourists with clacking wheely suitcases. But on the whole it was super peaceful and tranquil, so we did a bunch of filming as quickly as we could.

    There's a great vantage point just north of the town so we headed up there first and filmed as much as possible, then wandered around grabbing other clips. It was slowly filling up and by 9am it was basically like Venice. Not many European tourists though, probably about 75% were Asian (mostly Chinese) and most of the rest were Indian. Not sure why - although the town is very pretty, it's not all that remarkable for an Austrian village.

    Funnily enough, it's on the World Heritage list not because it's a nice place (although I'm sure that helps), but actually because it was home to a huge salt mining operation dating back several thousand years. Obviously salt is a valueless commodity these days but for much of history it's been extremely expensive, so mining salt from the mountains made Hallstadt very rich.

    Wanting to escape the crowds we rented a small electric motorboat for a reasonable price (15 euros for 30 minutes), and headed out onto the lake. Was nice to get a completely different angle of the town, and to film some clips from an unusual spot!

    Back on land, we grabbed an early lunch of kebabs (about the only thing reasonably priced), and then headed back to the car. Was an unusual feeling to be done by 11:30, but our strategy was vindicated when we saw the enormous line of cars queued up to get in the car park!

    Drove the 30 minutes back to Abtenau where we dropped Schnitzel in the room and then headed to the nearby local swimming pool. Enjoyed going down the waterslides like a kid again! After that closed we headed back into town and had pizzas for dinner. A local band was playing so I stuck around for a bit to watch that, just like old times. Moving on tomorrow!
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  • Day19

    Hallstatt

    September 24, 2015 in Austria

    Another really cloudy day for our first full day in the mountains. Undaunted we set forth on a day trip to Hallstatt, another tiny town on another lake, Hallstatter See. We first caught a bus to Bad Ischl - sort of mid way between the two lakes and then a train to the Hallstatt Bahnhoff (train station) which was very conveniently on the wrong side of the lake. So then we had a short boat ride to finish the journey.

    The journey itself was quite fun and Hallstatt was worth the time and effort as well, so it was a win. This place has been around for a long time and its claim to fame is a salt mine. It is hard to get a grip on just how important salt was back in the day. The salt mine is still there and is the major tourist draw card. We didn't go the the mine, but they had a small museum which was really interesting. Lately the place has grown to have great archaeological interest. The place has been going for so long and there is so much salt spread around the place that they are finding artifacts in a very well preserved condition. A couple of hours was plenty to see what there was to see. You can tell my fascination with the layer of cloud that had formed around the lake at just a certain altitude.
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  • Day10

    Hallstatt, Austria

    September 19, 2015 in Austria

    We took a very early train at 6:12am to Hallstatt via Attnang-Puchheim. We had breakfast of coffee rolls in the Attnang-Puchheim train station. The train was very user-friendly and easy to navigate. Upon arriving in Hallstatt, the ferry dock was a stone's throw from the train station and departs shortly after each scheduled train arrival. We had purchased the Kombiticket from OBB which included the train journeys x2, ferry rides x2 and visit to the salt mines. It took 5 minutes to get to the dock in Hallstatt and we arrived around 9am. There were barely any tourists there yet and it was lovely to explore the quiet narrow streets in peace. We walked around the upper streets towards the salt mines. The whole city is built into the mountain sides which was so interesting to see.

    The salt mine tour with cable car was great. It was a tad foggy/drizzly but it cleared up and stayed cool and dry. At the salt mine, we had to put on protective clothing. We took two slides down and it was super fun! At the second slide, a photo was taken of us on the slide down and we purchased it for 5 euro! Some of the light shows on the tour were kind of cheesy but overall it was a lot of fun. We bought some flavored salts as souvenirs for many people at home.

    Back on solid ground, we took more photos through the lower part of Hallstatt's streets and had lunch at Bacht's Polreich where we both had beer-battered pike perch which was caught in Lake Hallstatt. We were lucky enough to get outdoor seating looking out over Lake Hallstatt! We then rented a boat for 16 euro and got two beers to enjoy out on the water. It was very fun even though it was cool and cloudy.

    We took the ferry back and caught a 4:32pm train back to Salzburg. Dinner was at Barewirt again. Myron was jealous of my pumpkin cordon bleu so he got that and I got fried chicken and potato salad. We were both very tired and I wasn't feeling well after eating so much fried food!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Hallstatt, هالستات, Hoistod, Χάλστατ, هال‌اشتات, האלשטאט, Հալշտատ, ハルシュタット, ჰალშტატი, Гальштат, 할슈타트, Halštatas, Халштат, ہالشٹاٹ, Хальштат, 哈尔施塔特

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