When I was planning my trip to Germany and Austria, Hallstatt was a must on my itinerary. After seeing countless gorgeous pictures and reading numerous amazing blogs about this picturesque town, I knew I couldn’t pass it up.
One morning, I made the 1.5 hour drive from Salzburg to Hallstatt. I am not sure which way the GPS took me, but the drive was one of the most beautiful drives I have ever been on. You drive through small villages and one-way roads where you had to wait next to cows to let the other cars pass through. There was a river constantly to the side and mountains looking over me. Amazing. I tried to relive that drive on the way back to Salzburg, but unfortunately the GPS picked a different route back, oh well. I was giddy the whole drive there cause I knew Hallstatt would live up to its hype (and it did). While I will blog about the actual town later this week, this post is about a must-do while there… boating on Hallstatter See in Hallstatt, Austria.
After reading Margo’s post over at The Overseas Escape about her boating adventure in Hallstatt, I quickly knew what I wanted to do during our day trip. Plus, I’m a huge fan of any activity that involves me hanging out with nature. Once you make your way towards the town, you will find boat rentals along the water. You pay by the hour and they only take cash/euros so make sure to have some handy. The guy at the rental asked me if I wanted a fast boat or a slow boat and I opted for the “fast” one. If my boat was fast, I’m pretty sure the other boat was a paddle boat.
The boat ride was extremely peaceful. The first thing I noticed when I drove up to Hallstatt was how calm and still the lake was. It was like looking at a piece of glass. Since you pay afterwards, you can enjoy the lake for as long as you want and venture as far as you want (you’ll just have to pay for it). If it weren’t for my growling tummy, I could have stayed out there forever. Like all good things, this too must end and I started heading back to town.
It was nice to see Hallstatt from a different prospective and just relax for an hour. After I returned the boat, I checked off an item off my bucket list and I headed into town to grab some lunch.
Some panoramic fun! If this wasn’t a picture of me, I would think it was photoshopped.
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