Since the COVID-Crisis in 2020 we all had the unique chance to discover our little countries anew. Personally I travelled a lot before but mostly abroad, so I didn’t have many opportunities to travel around Austria. This change substantially in the past year and a half and so I discovered many architectural and natural places in Austria I didn’t know before.
When travelling Austria there is a surprisingly large variety of landscapes and places to see and enjoy. The country is best known for being an Alpine country with mountainous terrain and high peaks, perfectly suited for hiking and enjoying nature. In between you will find many cute little towns and churches to explore.
Internationally Hallstatt is well known for its beautiful location situated in the midst of the mountains at an Alpine lake. Less known perhaps is the fact that Hallstatt is one of the oldest known settlements in the Alps still in existence. From the 8th century BC onwards humans lived here and engaged in the production of salt; the culture they represented is called “Hallstatt Culture”.
Coming back to modern times, in the last years Hallstatt became immensely popular among tourists from Asia and the US, leading to fears of overtourism. Since COVID hit, the situations eased somewhat and the inhabitants start to breath again. On the other hand, one would wish that everyone could see this gem in the Alps. Hence, a sustainable way has to be found to navigate tourism in this rather little town. For now, I hope you enjoy some impressions from Hallstatt and surroundings.
Situated in the midst of Europe, Austria offers a wealth of experiences in nature. Large parts of the country are located in the Alps, a region seemingly devoid of humans and their intrusions. Of course, this is not entirely true and there are human settlements even at high plateaus. Sill, nature in the Alps it seems has enough place to roam and flourish freely.
The surroundings of Zell am See are characterized by diverse natural habitats, reaching from the lake itself, to a wide array of swamps and grasslands. The higher you go the more nature is changing as well. At around 3.000 meters eternal ice is covering the moutaintops, like white rooftops they stand protective over this magnificent land.
Photographies in square format from 2016.