This Quaint Austrian Town Gives Us Serious Wanderlust


Hallstatt the country’s oldest — and prettiest — village.

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Take out your passports — if you haven’t ventured over to the Continent recently, you’ll want to visit the most picturesque town in Europe. The village of Hallstatt, nestled between between towering mountains and a peaceful lake, is Austria’s oldest and possibly most photographed destination. And with views like this, it’s easy to see why:

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The alpine town is home to the world’s first salt mine, dating back to the Iron Age in 800 B.C., and it’s now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Since the village is tightly packed on a steep slope, the first road to Halsett wasn’t built until 1890. Travelers came and went on narrow trails or via boat.

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The secluded spot is now home to less than a thousand residents, although it welcomes hundreds of visitors every year.

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The historic Old Town is perfect for a casual stroll, with stairs crisscrossing the mountainside.

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Located on Hallstätter See, boat tours and ferry rides offer a better vantage point of the breathtaking vistas.


The Central Square Marktplatz, complete with an elaborate fountain, looks straight out of Beauty and the Beast.

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If the scenery doesn’t pique your interest, the unusual graveyard certainly will. Since the town is so tight on space, the local cemetery is exhumed every 10 years.

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And the bones are moved to the ossuary, where the colorfully-decorated skulls are on display.

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But judging by the photos, Hallstatt is certainly more serene than s.p.o.o.k.y.


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