Fewer than 1,000 people call the misty mountainside village of Hallstatt home. Tucked along the Hallstatter See lake in the Salzkammergut region of Austria, Hallstatt enjoys near-fairy tale Bavarian architecture from the Gothic, baroque and historicist periods, and has achieved international recognition from UNESCO, which has designated the Hallstatt-Dachstein region a World Cultural Natural Heritage site.
The latter is due largely to Hallstatt's fabled salt mine. It is the oldest still-functional salt mine in the world, with production history dating back over 7,000 years. Mine tours allow visitors both to see the inner workings of the industry and the mineral as it moves through phases of production.
Perhaps even more appealing, Hallstett's handful of restaurants delight diners with more intimate interactions with the seasoning, dishing up the likes of salt-kissed char and trout fresh from the Hallstatter See.
Another interesting tidbit: In June 2012, China's Huizhou, Guangdong province built a full-scale replica of Hallstatt, presumably so that the world can now remark that even idyllic European cities are now made in China. Check out the BBC news report here.
- Hallstatt Salt Mine: http://www.salzwelten.at/en/hallstatt/saltmine/
- Hotel Gasthof Zauner: http://zauner.hallstatt.net/index.php?lang=en
- Heritage Hotel Hallstatt: http://www.hotel-hallstatt.com/
- Gasthof Simony Guest House: http://www.gasthof-simony.at/
- Im Kainz Restaurant: http://www.hotel-hallstatt.com/en/the-hotel/restaurant.html
- Restaurant at the Lake: http://www.gasthof-simony.at/en/restaurant-at-the-lake.html
- Hallstatt Restaurant Listing: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g190427-Hallstatt_Upper_Austria.html