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Lakeside Austrian Village

An April 1998 trip to Hallstatt by David J.

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Quote: Just southeast of Salzburg, Hallstatt is a beautiful Austrian village nestled at the edge of the bluest lake you've ever seen. A constant rushing stream feeds the lake with pure, cool melted snow from Austrian Alps. Charming scenery; friendly people.

Lakeside Austrian Village

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For me ... great beer and great food. The restaurant that was a 5 minute walk from our 400 year old hotel served fish straight from the lake. Unique soups, strong beer, and a tourist-friendly atmosphere complemented the meals. The mountains were unbelieveable. As we drove around, it seemed as though the Austrians would have been completely justified in establishing a 'lookout point' every 50 feet. Don't forget the Dramamine.Quick Tips: Suggestion? Without a doubt ... you must seek the Summer Slides. Although they'd never pass inspection at the most low-budget county fair, they were GREAT fun. Basically you sit on something akin to a skateboard and hold on to the only thing there IS ...Read More

Gasthof Simony

Hotel | "Gastoff Simony"

Gasthof Simony Photo, Hallstatt, Austria
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How can you NOT like a four hundred year old hotel? To get to the rooms, you go up an old, creaky staircase and down a large hallway. Feather beds and breath-taking views of that beautiful lake await you. The room was furnished with an antique armoire that was three times the typical size that you may be used to. You'll smile at how rustic and charming the whole experience is. In the mornings, you can begin your day with various local cheeses and smoked meats (I hope you like your coffee STOUT). IMPORTANT: Make sure to request one of the rooms WITH a private bathroom.

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Gasthof Simony
Wolfengasse 105
Hallstatt, Austria
+43-6134-8231

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14 km To Go Photo, Hallstatt, Austria
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Near the quaint town square and church, there is an LL Bean-type shop. Nothing out of the ordinary except that part of the floor of the shop is clear glass which enables you to see part of some actual Roman ruins. The pre-historic ruins and archeological excavations are available because Hallstatt was actually the center of Celtic culture for centuries. Salt was tremendously important during that time, and the village was located near a salt mine. Miners have been discovered dating back to 1100 B.C. (actually the period of history from 1000 BC to 500 BC is referred to as the 'Hallstatt Period'). The Celts opened the treacherous Alpine trails into trade routes. The routes and villages were event...Read More