Some people think so. Others have described it as the most beautiful lake-side town in the world. Welcome to Hallstatt, in the Salzkammergut region of Upper Austria, about 300km west of Vienna. Listed as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997, Hallstatt is certainly picture-postcard pretty. In fact it’s so pretty that China has paid it the compliment of building a replica village. During the day, Hallstatt is a little bit busy with tourists; the trick is to stay overnight. When the hordes have departed in their tour buses, the cobblestone lanes go quiet and everything seems to soften. Get a room high on the hill for the best views of Lake Hallstatt.
A Glass Half Full travelled to Halstatt as a guest of the Austrian National Tourist Board.