Deep in the Alpine mountains, living his life, fairytale village Hallstatt.
Hallstatt is a small village, situated in Upper Austria. Its area is only 60 square meters, the population is less than 1,000 people. The historic center of Hallstatt, is on the list of UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Hallstatt is known for salt miners and its production of salt, one of the oldest in Europe. Salt mining is carried out for 3000 years. For everyone, who would like to visit one of these mines, in village organized excursions.
Apart the salt mines, Hallstatt is also famous for its original tradition of the burial of people.
Due to the fact, that the village have just 60 square meters of land, Hallstatt have a shortage of land. This shortage of land is distributed including cemeteries. Therefore, in the Hallstatt has a tradition every 10 years digging up the skeletons of the buried people, bleach their bones, painting a skull and put them in the local chapel.
The spectacle, to be honest, creepy, I did not even take pictures. As a rule, on the skull indicated the date of birth and the date of death, name and profession of the deceased, and then paint the different pictures. Each of the figures had its ritual significance, usually on the skull they paint sheets of various plants or flowers.
Let’s go back to the beautiful, let’s talk about nature. Imagine a small lake, surrounded on all sides by mountains. Mountains mirrored in water. All around the green. And at the foot of one of the slopes located the small village Hallstatt.
You can walk through the narrow streets, reach the main square, take pictures. After, enjoy lunch or dinner in one of the local restaurants, located on the shores of Hallstätter See (a lake). By the way, in restaurants I recommend to try fish from this lake.
And then you can climb to the observation deck which offers a beautiful view of the village, mountains and Hallstätter See (a lake).
On the day of my visit, in Hallstatt it was cloudy. And in the part of Austria, from which I came was rain. But that does not prevent me to enjoy the beauty and grandeur of what I saw. Hallstatt is really very beautiful and fantastic village.
P.S.: Walking on Hallstatt, do not be surprised when you will see indices written in Chinese, banners in the streets with pictures of the Chinese model and the Chinese people around. No, you are not in China, you are still in Austria. But Chinese, so much love this village, that they was built in China a full-scale replica of the entire town in Huizhou, Guangdong province. And every year come to admire the original.