Europe 2009

Hallstatt, 11-12 August


Driving from Bolzano to Hallstatt, we stopped for lunch near Lienz, at a roadside restaurant with great views over the Dolomites. †





Our route then took us along the Großglockner-Hochaplenstraße, a toll road through the eastern Alps passing Austria's highest mountain, the Grossglockner. *


The visitor centre at Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe. *


From the visitor centre, there is a funicular down to glacier level. *


And this is the glacier. †


The weather started to close in. †


But then improved again a bit further along the road. †


We went past this alpine meadow. *


The pass at the top of this road. *

Hallstatt is really not more than a large village, in a beautiful setting by a small lake.


The lake at dusk on the day we arrived. †


The village seen from near our hotel. *


The fountain in the main square. †


Closeup of the top of the fountain, which appears to show a Pope blessing Jesus. †


The best-looking "Ape" (small three-wheel truck) we have ever seen. *


One evening, the local band played in the square. *


Some of the residents watched from their windows. *


Others joined in the spirit of the occasion in the square. *


Above the village are alpine meadows and an ancient salt mine, reached by funicular. *


At the top are reconstructed prehistoric burials, enclosed in a mirrored building which reflects the surroundings. *


A final view of the lake as we were leaving. *

The next stop is Innsbruck.


Copyright © 2009 by *Lynn or †Nick Booth