While planning a week-long road trip around Europe, I stumbled upon a photo of this beautiful lake village and immediately added it to my itinerary. Hallstatt is a quaint town hidden between Hallstätter See and the Dachstein mountains. It is the oldest village in Austria, and the long winding mountain road leading to Hallstatt is beautiful and gives you the feeling of being free in nature.
I arrived in Hallstatt late September, just in time for fall. I booked a spacious apartment for the night which was a five-minute walk from the lake. I woke up at 5 am to photograph the sunrise over the sleeping village. The snowy mountaintops are very picturesque and transmit a brisk chill in the air. I loved watching the sun break through the clouds, brightening the town and adding a pinkish glow to the sky.
Later in the day, the tiny streets become crowded with tour buses, lively restaurants, shops, and many tourists. Nevertheless, Even during the busiest hours of the day the village is still peaceful and retains it charming and quiet feel.
There are many things to do while visiting. A waterfall runs through the middle of the village, and it is just a two minutes trek up the stairs to the viewpoint to see it up close. You can rent a boat and coast around the lake while admiring the swans floating in the water. Hallstatt even has a salt mine slide that is the longest slide in Europe, as well as cable cars to get a bird's-eye view of the village.
I spent my last hour walking around the surrounding neighborhoods where i saw beautiful flowers and artistically decorated houses. The locals are very welcoming and have small farms filled with sheep where they also grow different fruits and veggies. Overall I love this cozy village and would recommend visiting if you're ever in the area.