Salzkammergut

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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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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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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