Hallstatt, Austria // A Journey to an Old Lake Village

Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the whole world, due to its picturesque charm and surrounding gloriously mountain range. Hallstatt is a calm, lesser-visited village residing on the western shore of Hallstätter See. The Hallstätter See is the most significant lake in the Alps concerning history, and thanks to its many easily accessible beaches and stunning mountain scenery it has long been a draw for artists and outdoor enthusiasts, as well as those simply wanting some peace and quiet. Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times, and gave its name to the Hallstatt culture, a culture often linked to Celtic, Proto-Celtic, and pre-Illyrian peoples in Early Iron Age Europe, c.800–450 BC. Some of the earliest archaeological evidence for the Celts was found in Hallstatt. Until the late 19th century, it was only possible to reach Hallstatt by boat or via narrow trails. Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and you may even find your own peace of heart while trekking the tiny streets and trees attached to houses clinging to the mountain like Carl and I did.

Below are the first images taken as Carl and I arrived into Hallstatt just in time for the sunset.

Austria's Best Kept Secret: The Lake Town

Hallstatt started our day before sunrise to get as much time in this lake town as we could. During our exploration, an adorable cat followed us around most likely since we were literally the only people walking around the village. We climbed to the Parish Church, which had a tranquil cemetery atop the cliff overlooking the lake and village. After a quick nap, Carl and I hiked through the Dachstein Mountains. When Carl and I returned, we rented an electric boat and garnered intimate views of Hallstatt by taking the boat around Hallstätter See. Afterward, we spent our last night in Hallstatt with some wine on our balcony and watched the sunset behind the mountains across Hallstätter See.

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- B