“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)
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!
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.
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!
Note the cool tree to the right, it hugs the warmth of the building.
And because Europe is filled with churches, I feel obligated to add the 2 in town…
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.
Rick Steves lied. He said this town is dead in the off season. We counted at least 2 tour buses.
Bis Später! (Until later)