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Hallstatt Beauty - could have stayed all day

Left at 9am and took 30 minutes to walk to walk to where the funicular goes up to the top of the castle. Perfect sunny day up to 26 degrees, blue skies that were a perfect backdrop to the incredibly beautiful town , birds cheeping and because Salzburg is in this gorge either side of the river and between 2 big rocky outcrops you can always see greenery and rock.

Walked a different way down Linzer Grasser and popped into a beautiful overgrown cemetery courtyard just off the street through an archway. It had the gilded signs the same as over the in the lanes over the river. Church bells were pealing all morning – just the most marvellous sound. The city was quiet at this time without all the tour groups which must start a bit later.

We bought a ticket to for the funicular and castle tour of the 11th century Burg Hohenwerfen Fortress for 15.70 E. It was a quick ride up the vertical rocky wall and the view over the city below and river was stunning. The castle covers 10 acres. We wandered around the massive castle grounds ourselves with incredible view of the snow capped Bavarian alps. We joined a 30 minute English tour through some interior rooms and dungeons. The castle was built by the archbishops and started in the 1100’s.

Photos of the view in all directions.

All the buildings in the old town are joined but are all different styles and colours with hidden squares, courtyards, some massive and others small

We then did a km walk along the top of this rocky outcrop to the other end where there is the museum of modern history. It was through shaded forests with lost of birds chirping and stunning view on either side.

Took a different way back down that bought us past private homes built in the 1400’s and ended near the Festival Halls. We grabbed a bratwurst roll in a toasted roll with mustard and ketchup and ginger drink for 5.50 E – delicious !!

In front of Mirabell Schloss ( Palace) we caught the 12.15pm bus to Bad Ischl and then a train on to Halstatt station – cost 15E. The bus was 2 hours long through the Lake District ( the Salzerkammut) Stunning alpine scenery and cute little villages. Love how lots of locals dress in traditional clothes. When we arrived at Bad Ischl we had about 30 minutes until the train left. This was a beautiful 30 minute ride alongside rushing mountain streams where people were swimming and sunbathing – it was a beautiful warm day.

At Hallstat station we had to walk down to the lakes edge where we paid 5 E for return ferry ride over to Hallstatt town.

Oh my goodness was the scenery here out fo this world.......stunning with snow topped mountains with vertical cliffs dropping down into this beautiful lake ( 8km long and 2 km wide)

Hallstatt is nestled into the rock and cliffs of one of the mountains and up high in the mountains above is a salt mine that has kept the kings of this area rich for centuries. The houses are colorful and stacked on top of each other going up the hill and the town is probably only a couple of hundred of metres at it’s widest point. Along the waters edge are boathouses. It is so incredibly beautiful - both the scenery and the style of the homes. I could have wandered for hours along the pathways between the homes some that were stone tunnels with little entrance doors off to the sides.

High above the town is a viewing platform that can be reached by a funicular train - cost 16 E to go both ways. If I had the time I would have loved to do the walk up there. At this platform were alpine meadows as the mountains still stretched hundreds of metres above. The meadows were full of bright yellow buttercups and blue forget- me -nots. Up here were the salt mines that you can go into.

We only had 1 ½ hours here and I wish I could have spent the day, but we had to catch the 4.45pm ferry over the lake to get the 5.07 pm train to Bad Ischl and then the 6.24 bus back to Salzburg arriving in Salzburg at 8.30pm. Big travel day but worth it - just needed way more hours here.

Just need to say that Austria is sooooooo beautiful – stunning jagged mountains, rolling hills and meadows full of wildflowers cutest little towns

Expenses

15.20E Fortress 15.20

30 E Bus and train return to Hallstat

5 E ferry too Hallstatt

16 E funicular

1 E coke

2.50 E Spritzer

3.80 E Goulash soup and bread

Hallstatt houses

Hallstatt houses


View from the Fortress to the alps

View from the Fortress to the alps


Any step back to street level

Any step back to street level


Alpine wildflowers and beauty

Alpine wildflowers and beauty


Salzburg old town

Salzburg old town


View from the fortress

View from the fortress


Hallstatt arriving by ferry

Hallstatt arriving by ferry


Train station at Hallstatt

Train station at Hallstatt


Fortress

Fortress


View from fortress of cathedral

View from fortress of cathedral


Hallstatt homes

Hallstatt homes


Yoho Hostel

Yoho Hostel


View from fortress

View from fortress


On the walk from the fortress

On the walk from the fortress


Cistern in the fortress keep

Cistern in the fortress keep


Stunning views

Stunning views


Hallstatt homes

Hallstatt homes


City walls

City walls


Mum

Mum


Stunning views

Stunning views


Fortress towers and keep

Fortress towers and keep


The fortress is over 10 acres

The fortress is over 10 acres


The walk out of the fortress  along the top

The walk out of the fortress along the top


City walls

City walls


Now a private home

Now a private home


View from another part of this rocky  outcrop

View from another part of this rocky outcrop


Salzach River

Salzach River


Looking over to the Monastery on the other hill

Looking over to the Monastery on the other hill


Walking paths from the Fortress the hill

Walking paths from the Fortress the hill


City views

City views


Someones delightful garden & back yard

Someones delightful garden & back yard


Dominating the skyline

Dominating the skyline


Some of the spires of Salzburg

Some of the spires of Salzburg


Funicular up to Halstatts viewing platform

Funicular up to Halstatts viewing platform


Mirabell Gardens

Mirabell Gardens


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


View from fortress to pathways

View from fortress to pathways


Fortress walls

Fortress walls


Train scenery

Train scenery


Hallstatt Lake views

Hallstatt Lake views


Hallstatt square

Hallstatt square


Yoho Hostel

Yoho Hostel


Lake beauty from train window

Lake beauty from train window


Hallstatt square

Hallstatt square


Spires of Salzburg

Spires of Salzburg


From the funicular

From the funicular


Ferry stop from the  station

Ferry stop from the station


From the viewing platform

From the viewing platform


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Looking down to Hallstatt

Looking down to Hallstatt


Train scenery

Train scenery


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Viewing platform

Viewing platform


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Flowered plots in Hallstatt cemetery

Flowered plots in Hallstatt cemetery


Looking down on Halllstatt church

Looking down on Halllstatt church


Mum and I at the fortress

Mum and I at the fortress


Hallstatt

Hallstatt


Train station

Train station


Stunning view

Stunning view


Dug out staircase street with door opening in.

Dug out staircase street with door opening in.


Salzburg

Salzburg


Where the covered staircase road came out

Where the covered staircase road came out


Fortress views

Fortress views


Downhill walk from the fortress

Downhill walk from the fortress

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Austria

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