After our brief but exciting evening in Salzburg we began our driving out of Austria on to Venice. On the way, we drove through the incredibly scenic Hallstatt.
The town of Hallstatt is a pretty popular tourist spot in Austria, based on the large amounts of buses and people snapping photos. And it's easy to see why! The village is full of lovely Bavarian architecture and it's nestled into majestic mountains (which we barely caught a glimpse of because of the clouds.
Sitting on the beautiful Hallstätter See, the calm crystal clear water reflects the majestic mountains. Like most bodies of water I've seen in Austria, this water is absolutely clear. You can see every little fish and rock perfectly. I imagine if not for the depth, you could see straight down to the bottom of the lake!
We spent a couple of hours just walking around and enjoying the beauty, before jumping back in the car and driving to Bad Gastein, where Tommy’s uncle lives.
We weren’t quite sure what to expect of Bad Gastein, so we were pretty shocked to find such an amazing little town here and see the biggest mountains I’ve ever seen!
It was lovely to see so much beauty in this little town and to visit with Uncle Jim, who lives on top of a mountain with some pretty incredible views. Unfortunately, we couldn’t stay long, because we had to drive to Venice that evening! Fortunately, a little ways from Bad Gastein, there is a car train that takes you right through the mountains and saves quiet a bit of time. We made it there right before dark to travel on to Italy.
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Photos shot on:
Pentax 645n, Nikon FE, and Canon 5d markii (and GoPro & iphone pics)