Of all the places we’ve been to for this trip, I would say I enjoyed myself the most in Hallstatt.
Hallstatt is a village on Lake Hallstatt’s western shore in Austria’s mountainous Salzkammergut region. Its 16th-century Alpine houses and alleyways are home to cafes and shops. A funicular railway connects to Salzwelten, an ancient salt mine with a subterranean salt lake, and to Skywalk Hallstatt viewing platform.
Considered as the oldest inhabited village in Europe, Hallstatt is known for its production of salt, dating back to prehistoric times. Located at the foot of the salt mountain with a view of Hallstätter See (the iconic lake), you’ll understand why Hallstatt is a tourist attraction.
We started our trip from the town of Salzburg to Hallstatt really early. Even then, when we reached the village, it was already bustling with tourists.
What caught my eye is that there are many signs to remind tourists to keep their voices down. However, as I walked down the streets, it was obvious the nobody was heeding the signs as a few tourists could be seen communicating to one another by shouting across the roads.
As tourists, I feel that it is important we respect the place we’re visiting, as well as the locals who live there. They are so kind and gracious for letting tourists visit their village and we shouldn’t take that granted.