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.
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.
As you start walking towards the main town, you past by homes like these. Vines and trees growing along the walls of the homes.
This is the main town or square where there are shops, hotels and stores.
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.