Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt, Austria

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Your Perfect Day in Hallstatt
Walking tour covering all Highlights

  1. Start at Hallstatt Salt Mine Cablecar valley station
  2. Walk straight to the lake. Look left and enjoy the view to the ancient town.
  3. Go north, cross the town and at end of the town enjoy the view from the opposite direction.
  4. Go back to the center of the town and discover the scenory at the centracl marketpalce.
  5. Climb upwards and take great picture from the upper parking place.
  6. Go back to the cablecar valley station and buy a ride to the top.
  7. On the top go to view the Hallstatt Skywalk and enjoy the feeling.
  8. Afterwards visit the salt mine and at the end take the way down to the city or cablecar valley station

Halstatt’s tourism began in the 19th century but greatly increased after it was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. It became popular among Asian tourists in 2006 when it was featured on a South Korean television show. Social media images of it, captioned “the most Instagrammable town in the world,

Special Tip: Enjoy the town before 9:00 am or after 5:00 pm


Austria

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Kölnbreinsperre

This dam, built in the 70ies is the tallest one in Austria with a height of 205 m and a length of 626 m. Not very tall on a global scale, though impressive. There is a skywalk at the top of the dam, from which you can look down 200 m vertically. Nothing for people with fear of heights, but very impressive. There are many hiking trails all around, from which you can see the wonderful turquoise shimmering lake in the valley underneath the dam. Austria covers actually more than 60% of its electricity consumption by hydropower.

Dobratsch

Southern Austria is a hikers paradise. Mid of October we enjoyed still perfectly warm and sunny weather during a hike near the town of Villach in Carinthia. From the mountain top of Dobratsch at an altitude of 2159 m there is a stunning view over Southern Carinthia with its valleys and lakes. Hikers can also visit 2 chapels built in 17th century. And if you are exhausted by the hike you can relax afterwards in the hot springs near Villach.


Riga, Latvia

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In August 2019 I have been to Riga. It was my first visit to the Baltic States and I loved it so much!
The capital of Lativa has an amazing old town with colourful, picturesque and well restored buildings from the 14th century to the Art Noveau and Art Deco buildings of the early 20th century.

Riga is the capital of Latvia and the largest city in the 3 Baltic States. Located close to the Baltic Sea Riga was a member of the Hanseatic League, a confederation of merchant guilds and market towns in North-western and Central Europe in the late Middle Ages.

Although it is high up in the north it was really warm. All over the place there were open air restaurants, cafes, bars with live music, street art and it was such an awesome vibrant and happy atmosphere. At night everything was nicely illuminated.




Ireland / Northern Ireland

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The island of Ireland is of stunning natural beauty and rich in impressive historical buildings. We started our round trip with a rental car in Dublin, headed north first and and followed then the Wild Atlantic Way. Here are some places we liked the most.

The Wild Atlantic Way leading from Derry to Cork along the West coast of Ireland is the longest signed coastal route in the world. These pics were on the first stage in Northern Ireland. This is Dunluce Castle. We’ve been there in May when the gorse bushes were flowering and enjoyed fantastic weather and views on gorgeous landscapes.

Isn’t that an amazing view? This view to the Atlantic Ocean offers from Mussenden Temple at Downhill Demesne in Northern Ireland. Downhill House was a mansion built in the late 18th century surrounded by a spectacular park.

The Cliffs of Mother are usually pretty crowded. But following the trail to the South -away from the crowded viewpoint at the tourist centre- the Cliffs of Moher offer even more stunning views and lonely places to enjoy.
A path runs close to the edge and places along the way are breathtaking.