Early Spring in Hallstatt

A UNESCO World Heritage Site on a stunning lake…

Hallstatt may be beautiful and charming in the winter when it’s covered in pillows and blankets of fresh fallen snow. Or in spring with bursts of colorful flowers trimming every window.

Early Spring Hallstatt

Hallstatt may be beautiful and charming in the winter when it’s covered in pillows and blankets of fresh fallen snow. Or in spring with bursts of colorful flowers trimming every window. But in those few weeks between winter and spring? Well, it’s still a pretty, little lakeside village tucked in among towering alpine massifs. But there is a boarded up feeling at this time of year. Many business are not open yet. The plants haven’t begun to wake from their winter slumber, and those cozy, sun-drenched outdoor cafes just aren’t as warm and inviting when you need to wrap up in your down-filled jacket.

We had some trouble finding anything open. The restaurants we wanted to try were all closed, not open for the season yet. This would be a recurring theme on this trip. Hallstatt is famous, of course, for its salt. Salt has been mined from the mountain for millenia. But, alas, the salt mines don’t open for tours until April 12th this year.

We did enjoy wandering around the village, reading the various signs describing town life in the 19th century. We read about how the town became famous for it’s serenity and beauty and found itself on the tourist destination lists of the time. The baroque architecture is ornate and uniquely fits in perfectly with the surrounding scenery. And you can’t stop mother nature. The swans were out gliding around the lake shore, and there were some tiny apple blossoms just starting to open their eyes. There was an anticipation of things coming soon…

Are you heading to Hallstatt? What’s your favorite time of year to visit the Austrian Alps?

8 Comments

    1. Amy, Oh we will go back. We hadn’t gone, because for some reason we thought it was too long of a drive, but it wasn’t as far as we’d thought. I can’t wait.

    1. Daidri, I would have loved a little more color, but it was still a cute town and a beautiful day just for walking around. I did love it, and so would you.

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