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Review of Rick Steves on Hallstatt

If you are looking for a travel guide to Hallstatt, you’ll find none better than the one in Rick Steves “Best of Europe 2015”.
All of the other guides to Europe of Austria I have seen, like Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Eyewitness Guides, etc. have at most an entry of two columns on Hallstatt. Rick Steves gives it a full 20 page treatment.

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A Winter Visit to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut

A Winter Visit to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut

Winter at the beginning of January is a time for one of a kind festivals in Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut.

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Hallstatt Water – In Bottles

Hallstatt Water – In Bottles

Soon you’ll be able to buy Hallstatt water – bottled mineral water called Hallstatt Wasser, reports the Salzkammergut-Rundblick. Actually, the water will not be bottled in Hallstatt, instead it will be tapped and bottled in Obertraun, the small town across the lake. From there it will also be readied for shipping and put on a […]

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Summer Vacation in the Salzkammergut – Sommerfrische

Summer Vacation in the Salzkammergut – Sommerfrische

Literally, Sommerfrische means summer-freshness; figuratively it might be translated as summer vacation. But any way you interpret it, it’s an excellent activity. There is no better place for it than the Salzkammergut.

Once Sommerfrische – summer vacation – was the privilege of emperors and kings, until it made its way to the merely rich and from there to anyone who could afford a vacation. The practice probably originated in the Salzkammergut, and now talk of Sommerfrische has become almost a cliché.

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Hallstatt’s 700th Birthday

Hallstatt’s 700th Birthday

Hallstatt turned 700 years old this year. On the 21st of january of 1311, Elisabeth of Kärnten, Görz und Tirol, Duchess of Austria and Queen of Germany, granted Market Rights to this small town in the Salzkammergut of Austria. With this grant, Hallstatt came officially into existence, that is to say, it received its present name.

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Treasure of Gold Found Near Hallstatt

Treasure of Gold Found Near Hallstatt

The gold treasure consists of only a few ornaments, their total weight comes to 560 grams – a little more than 18 troy ounzes, but the gold pieces are both beautiful and significant. There are two pair of wonderfully wrought spiral arm bands, in addition to five pair of relatively simple spiral rings made of gold wire.

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How to get to Hallstatt: by Bus, Train and Ferry

How to get to Hallstatt: by Bus, Train and Ferry

Traveling to Hallstatt using public transportation is easy and enjoyable. I’ll start with two points of departure: Salzburg and Vienna. There are others of course, but unless you really try to avoid the ferry, called Stefanie, you’ll end up making the trip across the lake. That in my opinion is the best part of the journey.

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How to get to Hallstatt by Car

How to get to Hallstatt by Car

For driving directions to Hallstatt, I’ll choose Salzburg as the point of departure. There are all sorts of ways to get to Hallstatt from all over Austria, but most lead through Salzburg, and almost all of them take you through Bad Ischl. I’m  assuming you know how to get to Salzburg. There are 2 main […]

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A Salzkammergut Scene – the Gosau Lakes

A Salzkammergut Scene – the Gosau Lakes

Hallstatt is known for its scenic beauty, for its fjord like setting in an idyllic landscape. The Gosau Lakes rival it for landscape grandeur. Lower Gosau Lake is narrow and its waters are crystal clear. At the far end of the lake, the Dachstein with its glacier seemingly rises out of the water and wraps around to the south-east.  Toward the south-west, the Gosau Kamm shoots nearly vertically up to the sky. The Gosau Kamm is a rugged mountain range of crags and pinnacles – Kamm means “comb” in German – and the range has been called the Dolomites of (the state of) Salzburg for a good reason.

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The Lammerklamm – a Gorge Near Salzburg

The Lammerklamm – a Gorge Near Salzburg

At a place called the Lammerklamm, the Lammer River breaks through the northernmost range of the Alps in a narrow gorge. The gorge widens downstream from the Oefen into a canyon, and the canyon soon widens into a narrow river valley. The entire Klamm is about 1.5 – 2km long. The Lammer River then continues on down the valley where it flows into the Salzach near Golling.

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