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Discovering Bad Gastein

During the 19th century Bad Gastein in Austria became a fashionable resort in the Alps, visited by European monarchs and the rich and wealthy. In this period many impressive hotels were built in the principal styles of the era – classicism and art deco. In the decades after WWII Bad Gastein lost its appeal to other places and the remote town became forgotten more and more. Lately efforts were made to preserve and maintain the cultural heritage in Bad Gastein. The shine of the days gone by is coming back again slowly but surely.

Pictures of Austria

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.

Summer in the Alps

Depending on the season travelling the alps can be a very different experience. In summer the hills seem more green and alive than in any other other time of the year. The temperatures up in the hills tend to be more temperate than in the city and it is a joy to wander around and discover nature high in the skies.

Travelling Austria

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.

Hallstatt: The Old Town at the Lake

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.

Exploring Austrian Nature

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.

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