Hallstatt is an incredibly picturesque town that sits out over a lake in Austria.
It is so beautiful and people from all over fall in love with how gorgeous it looks – a man even had a replica of the whole place built in China!!
The different coloured houses rise up from the lake towards the mountains and are decorated with amazing flowers and all sorts of cute balconies. They were all different but seemed to fit together so well!
We went to the Bone Church which is exactly as it sounds, a church full of bones! In the past, there wasn’t enough space in the graveyard, after 15 years or so they would dig up the bones to make more room. These were then cleaned, bleached and painted with the name of the person, their date of death and decorated. The last bones were added in 1995!! It was pretty creepy…and very weird!
On our second day in Hallstatt we rented bikes to ride around the lake. It’s about 24km all around and was a beautiful ride looking back across the lake to Hallstatt and up to the huge mountains that surround the lake.
The first bit of the ride was a little hectic as we were on the main road, with the big tour buses and trucks, no footpath and they hadn’t given us helmets!! A little scary but thankfully it was only a couple of kilometres and we just rode super quick! The rest of the ride along the lake was really lovely though, past fields with cows and through a forest!
If you are planning to visit Hallstatt there were so many more tour groups and people doing it as a day trip from Salzburg than I expected. They took away from the serenity of the place a bit but it is still a pretty cute place to visit!
Overall, we really enjoyed Hallstatt, it is just so picturesque. I could have walked around looking at the houses and admiring their balconies and flowers all day!
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