O.k., so maybe right now I can just call it infatuation. But the flirtation has begun and I’m definitely interested.
I just finished watching a PBS show – Rick Steve’s Europe entitled “Austria – Salzburg and Surroundings”.
The well-known city of Salzburg (home of Mozart) looks quite interesting, with it’s hilltop fortress and rich architecture. I even loved the beautiful iron scrollwork crosses in their cemeteries.
But what really motivated me to add Austria to my list of future travel destinations was the images of the storybook village of Hallstatt.
To give you an idea of where Hallstatt compares to the rest of the world, it has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The World Heritage List (here) includes only 911 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.
I’d say being one of only 911 locations in the world gives it quite an endorsement!
Every inch that I saw of this small town (of under 1000 people) was so picturesque that I’m sure I could fill volumes with photos from there. It’s nestled between the glassy smooth Lake Hallstatt on one side and spectacular mountains on the other.
The abundant and essential salt resources that are still mined from the surrounding area have supported the livelihoods of inhabitants there for over 7000 years. As Rick Steve’s says, “There was a Hallstatt before there was a Rome.” Now that’s what I call historical.
I was so taken by Rick’s introduction of this lovely little town, that I had to post about it just to keep it fresh in my mind. If you’ve visited there, I’d love to hear about it…or link me to your photos. I love pictures!
If you haven’t visited and want to know more about this treasure, then check out Rick’s video about it. You can buy it on his website or rent it through Netflix. I wouldn’t be surprised if your local library might carry Rick’s videos as well.
So, I guess that’s another item to add to my Bucket List! I can’t wait to get there.