Hallstatt – A Day in the Life of the Postcard Town

The morning view from out hotel window

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Rise and Shine. The view from our hotel window and the morning sun glinting on the Hallstatter See.

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The Protestant Church in the morning sun.

Despite our best efforts we never could find the town schmuck...

Despite our best efforts we never could find the town schmuck...

 

This picture wasn't lifted off the internet. I took it!

 This picture wasn’t lifted off the internet. I took it!

Taking the lift up to the salt mine where we would each lunch, explore, then hike back down the mountain.

After a bit of shopping and walking the streets, we took the rail up to the top of the mountain next to Hallstatt.

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It’s just too bad it wasn’t pretty.  This was the view from our lunch table.  I KNOW, right?!

Too bad it wasn't pretty. This was the view from our lunch table. I KNOW, right?!

After lunch we hiked down the mountain.  Yes…after ten years of marriage we’ve learned a thing or two – one of them being, always hike down, never hike up! 
We were greeted by this swan at the bottom.

After our hour long hike back down the mountain we were greeted by this swan.

Despite the fact that we were exhausted and our legs were burning, we decided to take the cable car up the mountain on the other side of the lake. GREAT decision.

Despite the fact that we were exhausted and our legs were burning, we decided to take the cable car up the other side of the lake. GREAT decision.

We ended up at the very highest peak and could see for miles.

We ended up at the very highest peak and could see for miles.

We spent a good deal of time watching local paragliders take off. And I wished desperately one of them would take me along.

We spent a good deal of time watching local paragliders take off. And I wished desperately one of them would take me along.

Utter peace.

Utter peace.

We added rocks to a stack that had been started on the edge of the cliff. It was slightly precarious, but ‘sall good now so…

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We then headed out to the Five Fingers platform which held you directly over the 2,000 km cliff wall.  It was exhilerating and terrifying all at once.

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I don’t know how this view could ever get old.

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Everyone should kiss on an Austrian mountaintop at least once in life. Just sayin’…

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We ended the day watching the moon rise over the mountaintop.  Perfection.

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Tomorrow – Tuscany!

Ciao!

Comments

  1. Stephanie B. says:

    Looks so awesome, Kelli! What a great anniversary trip! Gorgeous pics!

  2. Wow! Amazing pictures – you guys are goose bumps cute 🙂 Enjoy!

  3. Those pictures are AMAZING!! Looks like you found the view of the houses with the moutains in the background that you wanted to. Looking forward to more pics to come.

  4. The pictures are so very gorgeous. They really show the utter peace. Unforgettable memories… Especially a kiss on an Austrian mountaintop 🙂

  5. jealous =) beautiful pics! glad you guys are having a great time!

  6. candy martin says:

    Beautiful pictures. I can’t wait for you to come home with all your hundreds of pictures. Kissing your favorite man on a mountain top in Austria, well, I am not sure that can be topped!! Have a great time in Tuscany. I miss you and love you

  7. Kelli, it’s looks like honeymoon! Enjoy!!!!

  8. Lee and Kelli,

    As a family member I want you to know that these types of trips alienate you from family because you did not take us along – so pooh on you!!!

    All kidding aside, I hope you guys have a blast. Relax, laugh, and enjoy seeing the world from a different perspective!!!

    Love you guys,

    Eric and Beck

  9. Austria is as beautiful as it gets! Just one question: is Lee shooting a bird at the camera with the hand he has on you butt?

  10. Eric and Becke I cant tell you how many times we have said we wished you were with us. Next time we do this together! Uncle Dusty, he very well could be. Hard to say really… 🙂

  11. WOW!! what else is there to say?! Do you think the ppl that live at the foot of those mountains live in awe of them everyday, or do they just take them for granted, just wondering. Yes, like Eric said, DEFINATELY seein the world from a different perspective… ahhhhhhh.