The next morning (Sept. 15, 2012) we were packing up to go to the small lake town of Hallstatt. We loved Salzburg so much we were thinking of skipping our stop in Hallstatt and just stay in Salzburg an extra day.
But ultimately we decided to stick with our original plans. We said goodbye to Salzburg with a trip to the Abbey where the real Maria lived for a short time, grabbed some breakfast at the outdoor market and then made our way to the train station.
When we arrived at Hallstatt we realized there was no station - literally just a platform where you hop off - (did I mention it's a small town). And the train "station" is actually across the lake from the town of Hallstatt. So there is a little ferry boat that is timed with the arriving train to take you into the town. Its just a little 5 minute boat ride, and a way for all the locals to see who is arriving in their sleepy little town.
View of the train "station". The yellow spot is the platform and the little boat is what takes you into the town
Hallstatt is as postcard-perfect as you think it is. It's fairly vertical - much of the housing is built up into the hillside, so you get a good view of everything.
Basically our day in Hallstatt was very laid back, just enjoying the small town. Very relaxing indeed!
The town square
Waterfall that sits above the town
We almost skipped this beautiful little town and I'm so glad we didn't!
Next stop - Vienna!