Just take a look at this! OMG seriously – this was a unique and beautiful place!
A cute little village with 770 inhabitants, it sits on the edge of Hallstatter See with a gorgeous view of Dachstein massif across the lake
its REALLLLY touristy! this was the first place where we saw bus loads of Japanese tourists roll on in… this town does run mainly on tourism
Its a quiet and peaceful area with breathtaking views of the mountains, with brids flying around and ducks and swans swimming around in bliss
Hallstatt is a UNESCO site and is located in the district of Gmunden in Upper Austria between the southwestern shore of Hallstatter See and the steep slopes of the Dachstein Massif
Hallstatt is known for its production of salt dating back to prehistoric times
Tourism had its opportunities as well as problems, the tourism here began in 19th c. and kept increasing after it made it to the UNESCO list. It was featured on a Korean television show and since then its brought the buses of east Asians here.
Thr drive wasnt too far from Gmunden and was a beautiful drive through the mountains
The town itself is very tiny with not even 1000 inhabitants
As you can see, the whole area is just roads made through mountains and is a dream to drive along!
Until late 19th c. it was only possible to reach Halstatt by boar or narrow trails. The land between the lake and mountains was sparse and the town had taken over any of the free patches available to build on
The first road to Halstatt was only built in 1890 and they had to blast rocks to create access
Access between houses on the river bank was by boar or over the upper path (a small corridor passing through attics)
We drove along the roads excited to get to Halstatt which has been on my bucket list forever!
In awe of the awesome tunnels made along the mountain roads
Such beautiful scenery along the way, I wanted to stop everywhere and explore!
This is a section of the Iron Age Halstatt salt mines
Its the worlds oldest working salt mine and has 21 levels and small shafts from 514m above sea level (Erbstollen leve) to an elevation of around 1267m (Erzherzog Matthias Schurf level)
Since 1595 the production of salt has transported 40km from Halstatt to Ebensee via a brine pipeline where the salt is taken to salt evaporatation areas
Beautiful Halstatt! looking over from the shore when we got to our camp site
Halstatt is one of the most popular places – and a replica was planned and built in Huizhou, Guangdong province – check it out here:
There is so much to explore around here, if you have the time stay a few days and go up the mountains, the view is beautiful from up there!!
DUcks enjoying the view
A few of the houses and mainly hotels and accommodations around Halstatt
View of the Evangelisches Pfarramt, their local parish church
Walking amongst the locals houses and b&bs – they are all so cute and unique in their own ways with wooden decorations and balconies with perfect views of the lake and surrounding mountains
The sun shining off the mountains… I loved how every time you looked out towards the view it had changed somehow in some way so it was always different
The restaurants and shops were mainly found on the lower pathway along the water and the locals homes were higher up via steep path ways
Fun swan paddle boats, too cold that day for them to be in use
The cafe and restaurants along the way had beautoful lanterns and sitting areas with million $ views!
Started wandering around and found the marketplace, Oberer Marktplatz
Looking up from the market place towards more homes and accommodations
I loved how the buildings were so colourful and neatly tucked in together – all so different yet working so beautifully together
Wasserfall Hallstatt, crashing down behind the main part of the town and behind the road into Halstatt
p.s. We didnt do this but there are stairs going up towards the waterfall and the views from there are amazing! go if you can, ive seen some photos and wish I had gone if id known about it
Hallstatt Lutheran Church – walking up through the narrow alleyways
The beautiful Marketplatz with all these cute little B&Bs surrounding it and cafes and shops
This square dates back to 14th c. and in the middle is the Trinity column which was donated by a couple from Halstatt (in mid 18th c. Plague columns were also called Trinity columns are monuments that commemorate the time of the plague or given as a thank you for the fact that the plague was over
There are always some sort of events held here through out the year
Beauitful stone steps lead up to someones home
Beautiful houses along the Seeufer Promenade, made from wood and with intricate detailing, each house has its own design and flair!
An old school fountain, still in use today with some adjustments
Katholische Pfarrkirche Hallstatt (The Catholic Church) – such a peaceful location, a beautiful building with fabulous artwork both outside and inside
The tower of this church has been here since 12th c. the existing church was finished in 1505 and was compoletely rennovated in 2002
The Catholic Church graveyard… with the most beautiful view over the lake
As night time set in, and as the flocks of tourists left, the beauty of this little town showed through in another way, the streets were really quiet and it was so nice and serene walking along and admiring the shimmering lights in the water of the lake
If you have the time, there is an amazing viewpoint – World Heritage Viewpoint and you can see Halstatt from above
I forever loved my experience in Halstatt witht he campervan! It would be nice to visit here again and actually stay in a hotel or B&B in the town centre of Halstatt for a few days and really get to experience and explore the town deeper and the surrounding areas
FOR NEXT TIME:
There are the Salt mines i want to explore / go up to the “Skywalk”above Halstatt to view the village from above / The Hallstatt ossuary which is a small room full of 1200 skulls painted (right next to the Catholic Church) / Panorama lake trip on a boat / Viewing platform on Krippenstein