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Hallstatt: An Austrian Town You Must Not Miss

Hallstatt: An Austrian Town You Must Not Miss

We were fortunate to have St Gilgen and Hallstatt all squeezed into one trip. We hired a driver who took us to see 4 sites we had requested and Hallstatt was our next step after St Gilgen. It was honestly the highlight of our Day Trip Itinerary. The town of Hallstatt dates back to 800-450 BC (Early Iron Age) with culture connected to the Celtics. The town has a very unique feature to it, in that it lines along the river with only one true road that takes you from one end of the town to the other end. There are little side alleys that lead to homes, but the town essentially has just one road. It takes 10 minutes to walk the entire town just to give you an idea of how small this town is. There is about 700 inhabitants in this entire town and they have one tiny little church with a graveyard that makes anyone's standard front lawn look palatial. Being that all the inhabitants had to be buried in this one and only graveyard, they soon ran out of space and had to change the way they stored the deceased. They built a "catacomb" like structure that held all the past deceased inhabitants of Hallstatt but only their skulls, thus taking up less space. In the room you can see stacks upon stacks of all those who once lived in Hallstatt. Their skulls decorated with paint like art with their names and dates of death on it. Interesting right? Aside from these factoids, the town itself has some very quaint architecture. The beauty of the lake and mountains surrounding this town makes it almost magical. The place has captured many people's interests, especially the Chinese. In fact, the Chinese loved Hallstatt so much they replicated their own version by building a Hallstatt of their own in China. How's that for another weird factoid?

So without further do, here are a few photos I snapped during our time in Hallstatt to give you a little idea of how quaint and cute this place is.

Overhead view of Hallstatt

Overhead view of Hallstatt

You get to Hallstatt by entering this tunnel that is carved through the mountain. Park and you get out to see the overhead view of Hallstatt. You then take the steps down towards the town.

As you go down the steps, you get towards one of the town. This end allows you to the see the main town from afar. This view is one of the most famous and iconic shots of Hallstatt. Be sure not to miss the view.

Cute pink house 

Cute pink house 

As you start walking towards the main town, you past by homes like these. Vines and trees growing along the walls of the homes. 

Main town with the church hovering above the buildings.

Main town with the church hovering above the buildings.

This is the main town or square where there are shops, hotels and stores.

How cute is this town center?

How cute is this town center?

Cafes and restaurants with a charm

Cafes and restaurants with a charm

Inside one of these charming restaurants. Stopped in for a light bite!

Inside one of these charming restaurants. Stopped in for a light bite!

View of one end of the town from the main square

View of one end of the town from the main square

Not sure why but there are towns of swans on these lakes here, both at St. Gilgen and Hallstatt. It adds to the magical allure and beauty of this place. Especially amongst the fog and mist

Not sure why but there are towns of swans on these lakes here, both at St. Gilgen and Hallstatt. It adds to the magical allure and beauty of this place. Especially amongst the fog and mist

People like to come here in Spring and Summer but I personally found Winter to be the perfect time. Not only are the views more mystical looking it's also not their prime season, meaning far less people.

People like to come here in Spring and Summer but I personally found Winter to be the perfect time. Not only are the views more mystical looking it's also not their prime season, meaning far less people.

How beautiful is this setting?

How beautiful is this setting?

After our visit to Hallstatt we drove off to see some glaciers from this area near the alps. Pretty stunning area even though we ended up not seeing glaciers bc of low visibility.

After our visit to Hallstatt we drove off to see some glaciers from this area near the alps. Pretty stunning area even though we ended up not seeing glaciers bc of low visibility.

We couldn't quite see the mountainous glaciers due to low visibility but we tried.

We couldn't quite see the mountainous glaciers due to low visibility but we tried.

When the clouds come through and the rain as well, you get some rather eerie but beautiful shots. Our drive back:)

When the clouds come through and the rain as well, you get some rather eerie but beautiful shots. Our drive back:)

Hope you enjoyed these photos enough to get you out there at some point. I had an incredible time visiting the small towns and couldn't have imagined a better way to begin my Christmas Holiday in Europe.

 

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