Big, bustling cities teeming with life and bright lights are fantastic places to visit, but small less-known villages often are even better ones. That said, here is one of the most beautiful villages on the world: the Austrian Hallstatt.
Situated between “Hallstätter” and the “Dachstein mountains”, Hallstatt is Austria’s oldest and its most photographed village. This stunning town includes beautiful old churches, a subterranean salt lake, a museum with 7,000-year-old artefacts and a breath-taking landscape featuring a glass-like lake and massive mountains. All of these contribute to make the village a UNESCO world heritage site. Despite its beauty, the village it’s scarcely populated with only 860 people living there, definitively not a crowded place!
It is also known for its World’s First Salt Mine and the stunning salt caves which can be visited by tourists. The ice caves are also fascinating. When you get to Hallstatt, be sure not miss out on visiting the Cultural Heritage Museum and the Beinhaus (“Bone House”), in order to get familiarized with the history of the place.
Getting there is possible by train. (From the main line between Salzburg and Vienna, get off at Attnang-Puchheim. Take a train from here towards Bad Ischl and Obertraun. The Hallstatt station is south of Bad Ischl and one stop north of Obertraun; it is on the east bank of the Hallstättersee (Hallstatt Lake) and consist of just a boat dock next to the tracks.
Regular ferry service will meet each arriving train and take you to the town across the lake. One of the best views of Hallstatt is from this ferry ride across the lake, especially in the morning when the sun is shining on the town.
Final tip – Every season looks very different here so chose wisely when to go!
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