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The Charming Town of Hallstatt, Austria

Last week, I posted about things to do while in Hallstatt (here and here) but today I want to show you around the town itself. Hallstatt is a super charming town located about 1.5 hours from Salzburg. It has a population of under 1,000 and sits on the southern shore of Hallstatter See. It is known for its picturesque settings (a photographer’s dream) and salt mines.
Since I went in mid-April and also mid-week, I could walk around the town at my leisure and not be surrounded by other tourists. I’m sure by the summertime, it can get pretty crowded pretty quick so if you are wanting to stay overnight in town, I would book early! Another option is to stay in Obertraun across the lake. I just drove in from Salzburg for the day and it was the perfect day trip. 
After a morning of boating, I grabbed lunch at a cute restaurant and sat right on the water. The food was good, not great, but it was mostly about just sitting by the lake and enjoying my amazing view. I spent the rest of the afternoon walking around town, eating gelato and thinking to myself, I can’t believe towns like this still exist in the world.         
Once you get away from the shoreline, the town is like a mini-maze with stairs and walkways that lead you to different parts of the mountainside. If you get a chance, make your way towards the top to get a rooftop view of the town. There is also a cemetery and church up there as well.

What is your favorite thing about Hallstatt, Austria?

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  1. Ah Hallstatt looks so quaint and perfect. I love the fact that you can take the walkways and staircases up the mountainside. I can imagine it does get pretty crazy in the summer — you guys chose a great time for a visit! Super pretty photos!

  2. I still can't get over this place, I've loved reading about it from your posts. And that's great that you got to avoid the crowds as I can imagine how crazy busy it must get! Being by that lake must have felt so serene ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Ahh it's such a cute little place! I've been really enjoying all your posts on Hallstratt. I imagine the views just get better and better as you make your way to the top!

  4. How beautiful – my whole family have been but me because I couldn't get out of work the weekend I was meant to go ๐Ÿ™ it looks so gorgeous. My family have said it is the best place they have ever been to and my brother is going again this summer!

  5. Isn't Hallstatt just the best? It was cold when we went in October but still gorgeous. My parents want to go when they visit so hopefully it will be warm then, haha! Also awesome waterfall find!!

  6. I couldn't believe the weather we had while in Hallstatt… sunny and warm! I didn't pack anything for warm weather so I had to stop at HM in Salzburg to pick up some shorts lol I would love to see Hallstatt in the winter with snow everywhere. I'm jealous you get to go back there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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