Over the Roof Tops

“The place gives the impression of being vigorously shaken by a giant hand and thrown and stuck onto the perpendicular cliffs rising from the black lake. Where the roofs finish, the roads begin; in no other town on earth must it be so dangerous as here to get drunk.”

(The poet Willhelm Raabe 1884)

Finding a little sun in an incredible town

Finding a little sun in an incredible town

We searched the weather radar and decided the Salzkammergutt Region was the place to be.   As the travel books says, the hills really are alive here and Hallstatt is one of the most breathtaking and quaint.  It also seemed to have the least haze and most sun peeking through.  The town has a rich history (unlike the rest of my posts, of course!?!), but we are talking PREHISTORIC. 7,000 yrs ago prehistoric humans were found to have taken salt from the mine.  There are Roman ruins in the basement of one of the shops.

Hallstatt was built on a cliff near this gorgeous lake, so many of the houses sit on the lake, and the road is behind them, about the level of their roof. So, at some point, you can literally ‘walk over the rooftops’ and feel like you are in the 17th or 18th century!

The whole town is a short walk from end to end (supposedly 15 min w/o a toddler)

The whole town is a short walk from end to end (supposedly 15 min w/o a toddler)

Although he started off strong. (couldn't help but add this mid-stride pic!)

Although he started off strong (couldn’t help but add this mid-stride pic! both feet OFF the ground, thatta boy!)

It kills me to have traveled all the way to Europe to do things we can do at home, like visit a playground…such is life with a toddler.

You could try to find a nicer back-drop for a playground....

You could try to find a nicer back-drop for a playground….

Reed admiring the view from the playground as the Italien tourists were behind us with thier kiddos.

Reed admiring the view from the playground.

You can see the back-street view of the town a bit here.

You can see the back-street view of the town a bit here. Parts of the house on the right date back to medevial times. Then, up the stairs…

We walked along the old street that was the main drag until 1890.  The water would lap at the front doors of the houses you see here, so the entrance to the houses were through the attic!

The historic Dr. F Morton Weg 'street'

The historic Dr. F Morton Weg ‘street’was the main drag up until 1890…this little mountain pokes through

Touring through the quaint roads, this time with a stroller

Above Reed you can make out the town’s waterfall and the big white houses next to it used to be the town’s mill that ground all the town’s grain.

Note the cool tree to the right, it hugs the warmth of the building.

Kim posing in front of another cool Pear tree, we were pretty enthralled with the way they grow...only to find they do it here in Salzburg too....

Kim posing in front of another cool (Pear) tree, we were pretty enthralled with the way they grow…only to find they do it here in Salzburg too….

And because Europe is filled with churches, I feel obligated to add the 2 in town…

So many churches, so little time

So many churches, so little time- this Catholic Church we didn’t have time to enter. We missed the Bone Chapel! 600 painted human skulls!!!    No lie.

In 1860, the Emperor allowed Lutherans to build churches- so the working class Protestants were able to build this...

In 1860, the Emperor allowed Lutherans to build churches- so the working class Protestants were able to build this…

It was quite simple inside, but let’s move on because I have more church posts coming up!

While doing renovations, the owners of this shop discovered an ancient Celtic and Roman settlement!   They made it into a little (and FREE) museum.

While doing rennovations, the owners of this shop discovered

Eliot looking ghostly in the poorly lit roman bath house.

I told him it was a dungeon. Whatever works.

I told him it was a dungeon. Whatever works.

Turns out, Schmuck translate to 'jewerly' in English.

Turns out, Schmuck translate to ‘jewelry’ in English.

This isn't cheap souvenir stuff.  It is often inspired by the jewelry found in the Bronze Age Tombs. Sadly, Kim walked away without adding to her collection.

This isn’t cheap souvenir stuff. It is often inspired by the jewelry found in the Bronze Age Tombs. Sadly, Kim walked away without adding to her collection.

Finally, LUNCH!

Finally, LUNCH!

Rick Steves lied. He said this town is dead in the off season.  We counted at least 2 tour buses.

Could someone please teach me to photoshop the ipad out of this pic, so we can achieve Parent-of-the -year awards

Could someone please teach me to photoshop the Ipad out of this pic, so we can achieve Parent-of-the -year awards

Locally caught fish from the lake- fisherman are allowed to take a limited amount and then sell to restaurants and locals.

Locally caught fish from the lake- fisherman are allowed to take a limited amount and then sell to restaurants and locals.

Frequent reminders from E-man, "Do Not Eat the bones, Mommy!"

Frequent reminders from E-man, “Do Not Eat the bones, Mommy!”

The only way in and out of town by car is through this crazy long tunnel above town.

The only way in and out of town by car is through this crazy long tunnel above town.  So, I’ll end here….

other end of town. K&E

Bis Später!  (Until later)

Kim

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5 thoughts on “Over the Roof Tops

  1. Kim, Reed & E Man,
    We are enjoying your blog and thanks for keeping us updated. The experiences you are having look wonderful. So much to see!
    Enjoy,
    Steve & Heidi

  2. Haa! Don’t worry about photo shopping out the iPad…Parent of the Year Awards are overrated, and wouldn’t you rather enjoy it for yourself while you can? Eliot won’t remember, much less care! (I can’t believe how many things Ana has forgotten that I was SURE would form her earliest memories.)
    And yes, a real tragedy that you didn’t leave the schmuck shop with any additions to your collection. I’m such an earring addict–love to get them from every new place I’ve been. Keep up the lovely posts, photos, and fun writing. Enjoying it immensely!

  3. So amazing! You do have the pictures to remind E that he was there and you let him have fun, but not drink beer! Brenda

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