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. †

 

 

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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