Hallstatt

Lost my heart to Hallstatt

~To start with and at the risk of going all cliched, I would have liked to talk about Hallstatt being Austria’s best-kept secret but as you all know it is not. It is because this place is so famous that it is on every traveler’s bucket list. Secret or not, a trip to Austria would be actually incomplete without a visit to this tiny strip of heaven. Again, having said that, I don’t mean it should be included only because everyone is going there. I am saying this only because this 7000-year-old village in itself is a complete world, free of all the worries; something you could call Utopian!~

 

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A couple of months ago a friend of mine tagged me in an article on Facebook that discussed how nobody writes any real travelogues anymore. The article made me nostalgic about those days in the past when I worked as a travel writer. It reminded me how each and every piece of article I wrote about a destination was more like a story and not just a collection of mere information.

But over the time, I have lost that art. I had moved over to more precise and crisp form of writing that gets one directly to the point. Well, of course, in a world of SEO and clicks, I was made to believe that no one has time and patience to read travelogues. That article made me want to go back to that form of writing again. There are and will be a certain percentage of people who like to see the world through someone else’s perspectives.

This makes me very happy that now I can again go back to what I love doing the most. SEO hacks may go to hell for a change.

However, the transition is not going to be easy and happen overnight. Pouring your emotions over the keyboard is no longer a familiar territory. For this once, let’s just stick to some random thoughts I have on Hallstatt, a place worth traveling to. This is not going to be a real travelogue for sure but at least I am talking about the things I feel and not stuff the article with random information.

 

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Hallstatt had always been on top of my bucket list but I had not given too much thought about making it happen. But when we grew tired of the gloomy Finnish Spring we desperately needed to get away to someplace sunny. This is when the idea popped up and since it wasn’t the beach season yet we decided to do a road trip across the Alpine roads.

Austria was the best choice as the country has one of the most impressing motor road systems in europe and that too with stunning views of course. We did a road trip starting from Vienna and to Hallstatt, Zell Am See, and Salzburg. One glimpse of the road and once again I was convinced that we all need occasional road trips to escape all things mundane.

So while chasing Spring up to the Alps, we decided to stay at a little town called Bad Goisern which was just a few kilometers away from Hallstatt. Since we were looking for a quiet vacation, skipping an overnight stay at Hallstatt was a good decision as this place is full of tourists throughout the year.

You can go all touristy in Hallstatt as there are many sightseeing points like the Funicular, the Salt Mine and the viewing platform on the top of the mountain but, to me, sitting by the lake or at a coffee shop and feeling those precious moments slip away was the idea thing to do in Hallstatt.

 

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I mean, every fleeting moment makes you wonder how your time in this place is limited; how a simple visit is not enough to know what it is like to live here or to spend a lifetime cocooned in this paradise. But you would agree that the real romance and thrill of travel lie in those fleeting moments filled with the realization of impermanence and everything unfamiliar.

For me, Hallstatt stirred up some mixed emotions. You feel happy for seeing it with your own eyes and finally your soul is satiated. Yet, at the same time you want that place to remain untouched and hidden from the world. You fear that someday this place is going to lose everything you love about it.

 

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On the other hand, once you have traveled to a place, it is no longer a mere picture in a magazine for you, it becomes a part of your life. I am so happy that I got to do this with someone I love and good friends who make the travel more fun. It makes you humble and appreciates life better. If Alzheimer doesn’t hit me, I am going to remember Hallstatt as one the places where I have known real happiness.

And I am not exaggerating by calling this my ‘happy place’.

Since I just can’t wrap up this post with only 4 pictures, here are a few more from my favourites folder. Also, I don’t think the pictures need captions.

Photo Gallery:

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Details:

  • The best way to reach Hallstatt is by a car (you can rent one from all the major cities in Austria). Also, it can be reached by train from Vienna and Salzburg. We hired a car from Vienna airport. But before booking ask your car rental company if your driving license is valid in Austria. Getting  an International Driving License is always a good idea. 
  • The train station is located just across the lake and one can use the ferry service to cross the lake to reach the village. ferry timings are usually displayed at the starting point. 
  • There is a bus stop located in Lahn, a place just about 10 minutes away on foot. 
  • If you are visiting on weekends and staying in one of the nearby villages or towns, make sure to buy your food beforehand as most of the places shut down by 4 PM. 
  • The funicular and the salt mines are open only from May to mid-September The funicular starts from Lahn.
  • There is a tourist information center at 169 Seestrasse for more information.
  • If Zell Am See is also on your itinerary then we recommend to cover it first as Hallstatt is far more inviting.
 

2 Comments

  • kaushik55 June 9, 2017 at 11:38 am

    Outstanding pictures! What a beautiful place! Last year I spent 2 days in Vienna (that’s all the time we could afford for Austria). Vienna is beautiful too, but I wish we could have added this in our itinerary. Another time may be…..
    SEOs will never replace a good travelogue with feeling. Keep writing. Here’s the story I wrote about Vienna
    https://kowieskorner.wordpress.com/2017/04/21/in-vienna-in-search-of-strauss/

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    • Jutismita June 9, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you very much. Yes, Vienna is beautiful too. We spent one day in Vienna sightseeing the main tourist attraction but it is definitely the country side of Austria that stole our hearts.

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