For me, this is one of the most beautiful spots in Europe. The town of Hallstatt sits on Hallstätter See, and if you arrive by train, this is watery journey is your final approach as the rail station is on the opposite side of the lake to the town.
Access to Hallstatt by road was often difficult due to heavy snow and avalanches, so train and ferry were an important lifeline for the town. The only ship postal service in Austria ran here, transferring mail from the station on the east side of the lake, to the town on the west side.
There is now a tunnelled road providing access to the town, but for the views I highly recommend arriving by train and boat.
Hallstätter See, Salzkammergut, Austria, May 2018
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 23 March 2021
Posted as part of Thursday Special: lacustrine