Hallstatt (Upper Austria) – this visit was part of a 2-week trip in Europe (July 2015) and a 2-week trip in Europe (August 2016).
Hallstatt is a small city (~800 residents) located near the Dachstein massif and famous worldwide for its picturesque landscape. A million tourists a year visit the village.
- Hallstatt-Dachstein (Salzkammergut) was declared a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997;
- the Chinese have build a replica of the village in Luoyang (Boluo County, China) in 2012;
- the village is known for its production of salt (the salt deposits have started to be exploited since the 2nd millennium BC) which determined the area’s prosperity (reflected in the fine architecture);
- home to the oldest salt mine in the world;
- you can reach the village by car or by train; the train station is located across the lake, so you can take the Stefanie Ferry to arrive to the city center;
Top things to do in Hallstatt:
- strolling through the village and the Hallstättersee lakeside promenade (Treffpunkt Marktplatz/Market Square, Evangelical Church of Christ);
- visiting the Salt Mine (Salzwelten);
- boating on Hallstättersee (wooden salt boat (Fuhre) tour, renting slow speed electric boats, row boats, paddle boats including giant swan boats);
- dining experience at a lakeside restaurant;
- going on the Skywalk (Welterbeblick) viewing platform;
Top things to do near Hallstatt:
- visiting the Dachstein Ice Cave (Dachsteinhöhlen);
- going on 5 Fingers Lookout Point (viewing platform);
- hiking/via ferrata (trails start on top of Dachstein Mountain);
- biking (MTB trails);
- in winter: skiing and snowboarding on the hilltop of Dachstein Mountain;
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