Saturday morning we woke up to a good 6" of snow! What the what?!
Our hotel included a buffet breakfast so we went down to the restaurant area to eat our fill.
How did they dye these hardboiled eggs so vividly!?! They were beautiful!
We drove down the mountains about a half hour to Hallstatt. If we had done our research a little better we probably would have put off this trip for a month because most of the sights aren't open until April, including this..."What is that thing called again? Why can't I remember the word? (that was me about 17 times throughout the day)"... funicular train.
So, why drive all this way for a tiny little Austrian lake town? This is why! Could it BE any more charming?
Lovable Hallstatt is a tiny town on a ledge between a steep mountain and a placid lake with a waterfall cutting down its middle. Salt veins in the mountain rock drew people here centuries before Christ.
In 1750, Market Square was leveled by a fire. The buildings you see today are all from the late 18th century after the fire and built in stone rather than flammable wood. The statue was still in its winterized condition, but it features the Holy Trinity.
Above the little boat dock is the Catholic church, St. Christopher's.
The view of Hallstatt.
This house dates from 1597 - you can see it inscribed on the right pane of the door. That's quite old!