"Hallstatt . . . my inspiration" Top 5 Page for this destination Hallstatt by acemj
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Hallstatt was really the impetus for my trip to Austria's Salzkammergut region (lake district). After seeing fairy tale photos of this striking town, I just had to see it with my own eyes. I had already seen many photographs and with each viewing, my anticipation grew. In many photos, the slender steeple of the town's Protestant church is the focal point. In all of them, Hallstatt's smiling face has no bad side. As seen from the side, a photo image reveals a narrow town that sits like a shelf dangling off a mighty mountain at its rear, with a glass-like lake lapping against its curving shoreline. In the distance snow-capped peaks frame the photo and in the foreground flowerboxes, greenery, or perhaps a . . .
swan. Yes, a swan. Aren't they the ethereal creatures we read about in fairy tales? I thought so.
While it was physical beauty that beckoned me (typical guy, I know!) it was the area's rich resources that attracted Hallstatt's original inhabitans in around 5000 BC. Yes, I said 5000 BC. In fact, Hallstatt is the oldest town in Austria and one of the oldest in all of Europe. Today, you can visit two museums (Heimatmuseum and Prahistorisches Museum) which will give you a glimpse into Hallstatt's long and interesting history.
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