There are places so beautiful in the world you can’t help but share them with others.
But then there are places so magical that you never want to tell people about it, because
you risk losing what was so precious to you. Though by telling you about Hallstatt it may
seem like it falls into the former category, one look at the place will certainly convince you
that if I could I would keep this place under lock and key to myself.
Like other alpine towns, Hallstatt gained its wealth through salt production. Its
various salt mining tourism activities can give visitors a chance to slide through the salt
mines or take train tours. Hallstatt during peak tourism seasons, offers a variety of outdoor
activities, including hiking and rock climbing.
Down at the lake, the pastel-colored houses line along the border of the lake. The
swans in the area flock towards masses of tourists. They know that they’ll get free food and
they aren’t too bothered by all of the cameras. The lake, houses, and swans looked like the
perfect formula for an Austrian tourism ad. Kayaking, rafting, and ferry rides are also
offered in the lake and surrounding waters.
The town itself is definitely an upgrade from a typical boardwalk. Small shops and
ice cream parlors nestle together as if they’re all taking a picture. Flowers in windows give
the subdued colored houses a spot of blush. And just like a supermodel this town has no
bad angles, just better ones.
For me, it’s places like Hallstatt that I end up missing the most. The major cities have
their museums and bustling culture, but there is a timeless charm that Hallstatt exudes
without coming off as tacky. As I throw the last bits of the ice cream cone I may or may not
have bought just to feed the swans, I look back knowing I won’t miss this place. Because I
know I’ll be back one day.