Hallstatt, The Land of Fairytales

This is a beautiful day for me to write this hub. I’ll take you in a special tour. This is a amazing place for me, it’s just another fairyland. If you had read my hub about “Fairyland in the Real World”, I think this place will complete my previous hub. Have you ever known about Hallstatt? Hallstatt is a village or we can call this tiny town in the Salzkammergut, tucked away in the mountains of Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See, it’s a lake in Hallstat. With the populations of less than 1000 residents rest on the southwestern shore of the Hallstätter See. From the pictures below we can see how this place looks like a fairyland. That’s why allstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut region has been listed as part of the UNESCO World Heritage since 1997. There are many attractions we see at this village, beside the beautiful panoramic view of the town on the lake, skiing, we can also see the world’s first salt mine, even take a trip to the World Heritage Museum, Charnel house, archeological excavations, and visit the Dachstein ice cave as well. There are a few hotels and restaurant around this small village. I’ll explain more below.

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7000 years of history

I just inform to all of you about the tourist possible to tour the world’s first salt mine, 22 km from Bad Ischl. It was built into the steep slope that drops off to the Hallstatter. Salt was a valuable resource here, so this region was historically very wealthy. Based on the history of Hallstatt village, salt has been mined for 7,000 years and it’s also become a cultural history written in Hallstatt. After 7000 years buried (Iron Age) the archeologists found the prehistoric mine shafts in the mountain. The historical invention is located at the graves in the valley above the town. That’s why we can find many oldest things at Hatstatt, like: the oldest stairs, the oldest rope, the oldest backpack, the oldest glove, even also the oldest business in the world (the Salinen Austria AG).

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The Hallstatt people

The Hallstatt alpine region in Austria is an amazing example of a natural landscape of great beauty which also contains evidence of early and cultural activity. Beautiful combination between nature and culture in a way that it both harmonies and complementary. The life will be more colorful and unique between the emerald-green lake and the imposing mountains. We can see how the houses built into the slopes and surrounded by the lake. There’s something good we can learn from the people of Hallstatt. They love to preserve Austria's cultural history, though their town has also experienced much misery. Based on the history, the entire village of Hallstatt was destroyed by fire in 1750. Another disaster is a terrible storm destroyed houses and took the lives of many people on the lake, this incident happened March 18, 1822. After this incident the people of Hallstatt want to share their special way of life, especially deep sense of tradition. Hopefully if we have a chance to visit this place we can discover how the special way of life there forms their character.

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The street so clean and tidy

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Lake Hallstatt

There’s something eye attraction we can see here. It’s Lake Hallstatt as one of the most spectacular lakes in the Salzkammergut. From outer appearance it looks like an emerald green and mysterious. During your vacation on Hallstatt, you can explore the secret of this lake on boat trips, view it from above, dive deep and even delve into underwater biology and archeology with the famous treasure hunter Gerhard Zauner. You may discover the secret about Lake Hallstatt.

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World Heritage Museum

As one of the most educated place in Hallstatt, The World Heritage Museum Hallstatt displays many of cultural treasures of Hallstats from 7000 years of culture and history of this village. All the things as the history of this village that have been found in and around Hallstatt saved well in the museum. We can see about 26 main themes showing developments in the history of Hallstatt from the late Stone Age. The history based on the prehistoric salt-mining to the Celts and Romans. All the historical things include ethnography, the excavation of the ancient burial grounds, the development of the Protestant community, work and crafts also have space devoted to them in Hallstatt's World Heritage Museum.

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Charnel house

It’s a place where we can find a piece of Hallstatt’s history. The history of Hallstatt can be found in the charnel house at the Maria Himmelfahrt (Assumption of Mary) buried with the artfully painted skulls of deceased residents. This idea came up due to lack of space in Hallstatt's cemetery. Because of no space was left, the people of of Hallstatt decided to dig the bones of the dead and then paint them with their names and dates of birth and death. They put the skulls in the vaulted crypt of St. Michael's church.

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Beautiful souvenir

Hallstatt is a popular tourist attraction for a small-town appeal and can be toured on foot in ten minutes. We can buy beautiful traditional craftsmanship of the people in the Dachstein-Salzkammergut region. The craftspeople at the Hallstatt use traditional techniques to produce special products, like: rugged shoes, typical regional hats, real Lederhosen, and traditional jewelry. All of these products were shown in the display cabinet. There’s an exclusive selection of regional products that we can also take home with us. Especially popular souvenir which is the greatest natural treasure of Hallstatt region. Please enjoy the video below. Cheers...

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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Hallstatt is a beautiful hidden delight. 7000 years of culture,wow. The Austrian Alps are just gorgeous and so are the pics here. What a unique way of remembering with the departed at the church. Thanks prasetio for another gem probably never would have known about.


marellen 4 years ago

This is an absolutely beautiful place and it does remind me of a fairytale city. Pras, you did a fantastic job on this hub. Thank you for sharing this with us. Cheers!!!

Mary


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

This is a very beautiful area of Austria, pras, that you have described. I have visited Salzburg but never got as far as Hallstatt. When you look at the mountain tops covered with ice and the quaint villages, it is easy to visualize them as fairy tale settings.

Thanks for your descriptions and the beautiful photos.


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attemptedhumour 4 years ago from Australia

It certainly looks a picturesque place to visit. They have made the most of the terrain, as they would have to. I just need to win ten million to visit all the wonderful places you keep unearthing.Cheers


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Alastar Packer. Thank you so much for coming and always leave nice comment. I agree with you that this place is like a beautiful gem and totally awesome. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care, brother!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Mary (Marrelen). Thanks for your appreciation about this Hallstat. You have the same view with me about this village. I am glad to share this information with you. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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dahoglund 4 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I love these mountain areas.Voted interesting,beautiful and awesome. Up of coarse.


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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

I have been to Austria, but have not visited Hallstatt. I want to pack my bags right now! Rated up and beautiful. Nice work!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, drbj. I am so happy to see you again. I thought you had traveled in many places around the world. I love your comment about how this place looks like the real fairyland. That's why I put nice words to describe this place above Hallstatt picture during winter. Thank you very much!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, attemptedhumour. I am glad to know that you love this information. I hope you win big lottery to visit all my travel hub....amen. Thank you so much. Take care!

Your little brother, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, dahoglund. Thank you so much for coming and share your vote to this hub. I believe God will repay your kindness....amen. Peace, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Steph. Nice to see you again. I hope you entertained with this information and you have a chance to visit Hallstatt soon. You can add this village on your travel list. Take care!

Prasetio


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

WOW! You always find some of the best pictures that can be viewed Prasetio. Another great hub. It is nice to take the little journey, even if it is in front of the computer. It looks so peaceful there.


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rsusan 4 years ago from South Africa

I could have known that this would be a special one, Prasetio! Oh, wow, it takes my breath away! Hallstatt is truly like a fairytale. Thank you for introducing us once again to a gem. What a privilege it must be to visit this place.


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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

Hi, pras, this was such a beautiful place, and the history was amazing, hidden away you have found another lovely little gem, nice one! rated up all the way! cheers nell


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Russell-D 4 years ago from Southern Ca.

Prasetio-years back my wife and I drove the Danube valley into up into the mountains to a place where a friend was born. After a snow filled afternoon and night, we skidded down the mountain to the main highway which brought us to a brilliant sunny afternoon at Hallstat. Peeling off our snow jackets, we lunched along the river in the bright sun, while boats did a banner business with 4-hour back ups. Our stay was only hours, but it was a wonderful memory. Thanks for bringing it back. David


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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

What an amazing and beautiful hub. This one has to be voted up up and awayy.

Thank you so much for sharing this gem and here's to many more to share on here.

Take care

Eiddwen.


Susieq42 4 years ago

This is a truly beautiful hub about a gorgeous place. I would love to visit Hallstatt! Voted up and awesome. (and bookmarked)


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anglnwu 4 years ago

Lake Hallstatt is truly beautiful. I hope to go there one day--it will be really nice to explore this historical and culturally rich place. Again, thanks for bringing the world to us. Rated up.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is amazing, very unigue and beautiful. The Charnel House is extraordinary..... Thank you Prasetio......


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, thelyricwriter. Thank you so much for your attention to this hub. At least you still enjoy this tour in front of your computer. Cheers... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, rsusan. I hope you enjoy this information and put this place on your travel list. I am proud to share this with you. I hope this could be a special place for you. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Nell. Nice to see you here. I hope you enjoy all the review about this little gem. Everything is possible for us if we want to looking for. God bless you!

Peace, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My lovely friend, Russel-D (David). Thank you so much for share your beautiful experience during your vacation at Hallstatt. Wow....you have a great memory and this must be an amazing tour for you and your wife. I can felt about this from here. You have grateful because of this gift and not all of us have a chance to visit this place. But I hope by the existence of this hub, we can see this place in person.....amen.

Blessing and hugs, prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Eiddwen. Thanks for your compliment to this hub and your vote really appreciated here. I hope you enjoy this hub and you can put this place on your travel list. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Susied42. Thank you so much for coming, leave nice comment and share your vote. I hope you have a chance to visit Hallstatt in person. Cheers.....~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Anglnwu. Good to see you again. I wish your dream will come true...amen. I have the same idea with you about this place. We can learn about historical culture from the beautiful place. I love your vote. Peace,

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Ruby. I hope you enjoy this information. I am so happy to share the beauty of Hallstatt with you. Take care! ~prasetio


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

I enjoyed this Hub very much and now want to visit this place.


"Quill Again" 4 years ago

Exceptionally put together prasetio30 as always assembled with every detail so well displayed... Bravo to you...

Blessings and Hugs


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Patty Inglish for your attention to this hub. I am impressed with this. ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Quill. Nice to see you here. Thanks for your compliment to this hub. I am so happy to know how you love this information. God bless you!

Prasetio


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This is the most beautiful place I have ever seen. It's like a dream. How I would love to go there one day. You have given me more lovely thoughts to carry in my mind.

I voted up and useful, awesome, beautiful and interesting!


Textured Ideas 4 years ago

WOW! Hallstatt looks like my sort of perfect holiday destination. It looks so picturesque and magical. Oh my, I'm going to start saving right now! Very interesting town and history. Thanks for sharing this amazing place!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Hallstatt is so pristine and beautiful it does look like a dream. Austria has had a terrible history of destruction it's heartening to see how a city can be reborn and/or preserved for its natural and historic beauty.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, vocalcoach. Thank you so much for coming and share your thought about this place. Of course, I'll pray for you and you have a chance to visit Hallstatt one day. Have a nice weekend!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Textured Ideas. Nice to see you here. I am so happy to know that you love this information. You can add Hallstatt on your travel list. Of course, you can start to saving from now. Cheers..... ~prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Green Lotus. Good to see you again. Thank you so much for your attention to this hub. We can learn about Hallstatt people about the spirit of life after big disaster for their city. Have a nice weekend! ~prasetio


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

Between your photos, video and wonderful description, I am certain that Hallstatt will be seeing more visitors. Great hub Prasetio! All the usual votes up!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Peggy. Thanks for share your attention to this hub. Hopefully by the existence of this hub, many people will go to Hallstatt and see the beauty of this place...amen. I really love your VOTE. Cheers....

Peace, prasetio


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

Hallstatt is indeed a beautiful fairy-land town, Prasetio. If it was not for you, I would have never 'seen' it. One day I'm going to take a tour through all your hubs - that will be the nearest I will ever come to visit the most beautiful places on earth. Please know your hubs are extra-ordinary special not only in HubPages, but on the entire Internet. Take care!


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htodd 4 years ago from United States

Great post...nice


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, MartieCoetser for coming to this hub. I am glad you love this information and I hope you have a chance to visit Hallstatt and other beautiful place in my hubs. Thank you very much for your compliment to this hub. Take care!

Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, htodd for coming and leave nice comment. Cheers.... ~prasetio


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi prasetio

Hallstatt looks like a magical and enchanting place just like we would see in a fairy tale.

Loved the pictures and video. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking.

Voted up,up and away!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Sueswan. I am so happy to know that you love this information. I really appreciate your vote and your nice comment. Good to see you again. Cheers.....

Blessing and hugs,


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Sueswan for coming and share your thought about this hub. I really appreciate your vote. Take care!

Prasetio


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Ingenira 4 years ago

The photo of Hallstatt taken in winter is truely breathtakingly beautiful ! I think I can just sit beside the lake and appreciate the scenery for hours. It'd be perfect to have coffee and cake while I do that. :)


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My friend, Ingenira. Thank you very much for coming and share your thought about Hallstatt. We can do anything during our vacation in the beautiful place like Hallstatt. Nice to see you again. Cheers.... ~prasetio


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

The imagination of someone to make a fairytale stuck on the side of a mountain is something else pras. This really is so breathtaking. A wonderful hub as always. Voted up and across as always. Thanks so much for always giving us something to look forward to.


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habee 4 years ago from Georgia

OMG - what a breathtakingly beautiful place! You always have such interesting hubs. Voted up!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Polly. Nice to see you here and leave nice comment about Hallsttat. I tried to give something beautiful about another place in the world. Personally, I am not bored to see the pictures again and again. Take care!

Blessing and hugs, Prasetio


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Your welcome, Habee. Thanks for coming and your compliment about me. I am glad you enjoy this information. Cheers...


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James A Watkins 4 years ago from Chicago

My, oh my, Prasetio. This might be the most beautiful town on earth. I cannot tell you how much I loved this Hub. As always, your photographs are exquisite. Thank you for this pleasure. I enjoyed the journey very much.

James


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

My brother, James. I have the same idea with you. I cannot tell you how I love your coming to this hub as your biggest appreciation to this place. I hope you can visit this town one day...amen.

Blessing and hugs, prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi prasetio, thank you for this wonderful trip to the beautiful village of Hallstatt.

I have been fortunate to visit Austria several times, it's one of my favourite places, but I had never visited Hallstatt.

I have enjoyed reading the history and the pictures of this lovely town, thank you for sharing, voting up. Best wishes MM


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Dear friend, Movie Master. Thank you so much for coming and share your interest to this place. I am glad to know that you have been travel to Austria though you didn't visit Hallstatt. But I hope you enjoy this virtual tour. Your vote really appreciated. God bless you!

Love and peace, prasetio


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

A p;efect and beautiful description and a wonderful piece on earth.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, Hello, hello for your big appreciation to this hub. I am glad to see you here. I hope you enjoy this information. Take care!


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kerlynb 4 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

Wow, it looks quaint and historic. So beautiful, as if the pictures were taken off a postcard. And the mountains - gorgeous! Very scenic.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Welcome to this hub, kerlnb. I am glad you enjoy this information. Personally, I can't blink my eyes to see how amazing the scenery behind the Hallstatt. Thank you very much.

Prasetio


Pandaheart 4 years ago

My family and I just visited Hallstatt in April of 2011. We drove through the mountains from our timeshare in Maria Alms. The drive was full of quaint little villages and windy roads. It was Easter week and the tour buses were not running, the salt mines and ice caves were not yet opened. We knew this but having heard what a wonderful place we just had to go see it. As you said it was like walking through a fair tale. We felt as though wad had the place to ourselves as there were few other tourists. The paths and stairs through the town seemed like secret passages that had to be explored. At each landing we paused to take in another breathtaking view... and to catch our breath from so many stairs. Even the stairs leading up to the cemetery and charnel house had tiny treasures, as if on display, that you couldn't help stare at and wonder how old it was. Visting the churches was a chance to thank God for giving humans the ability to create such beauty and wonder how they could build in such a beautiful but STEEP place. Thank you for bringing me back, mentally, to one of the most beautiful places I been privileged enough to visit.


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Hi, Pandaheart. Thanks for coming and share your self experience in visiting Hallstatt. I am so happy to know this from you. Wow....I thought you have wonderful vacation here and I am so happy to bringing this back to you. Personally, I can't blink my eyes to see all the miracle of this place. It's so calm, relaxing and beautiful as well. Like in the real fairytale. You are as the witness of this place and enjoy all the hidden secret of Hallstatt. I hope you enjoy this hub and this memories will never be forgotten for you. I am glad reading your comment. Take care!

Prasetio


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andreaknightly 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

This place looks so peaceful and relaxing. Such a great place for escapade when you want a moment away from the busy life in the urban!


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia Author

Thanks, andreaknightly. I agree with you. Thanks for reading and I am glad you enjoy it. Take care and have a nice day!

Prasetio

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