Hallstatt

Hallstatt

Before all the moving-related stress began last week, I spent a day in Hallstatt. Together with my sister I explored the little village, that is glued onto the mountainside and bordered by the Hallstättersee. Of course we went into the ‘Beinhaus’: Due to limited space, graves are opened after 15-20 years and the bones are stored in a little room beneath the church. The beauty of it are the painted skulls – either with ivy, laurel or roses. Nowadays, most peolpe are cremated after death, the newest skull is from 1985.

The name ‘Hall-statt’ already suggests the village’s history – There is a long tradition of salt mining – over 4000 years. One can still visit the mine, but we decided to just drive up the mountain with a little train and hike down. The path was next to the waterfall, very steep, very beautiful and we didn’t meet a soul. And then it was already time to take the ship back to the train station and drive back to Salzburg.

Enjoy the pictures of the ‘real’ Hallstatt, not the imitation of a certain country…

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