Our sole mission today was to visit a town Pinterest dreams are made of: Hallstatt, Austria. It rains often here, and we actually changed our entire itinerary around for Germany/Austria/Slovenia so we would be sure to visit Hallstatt on a sunny day. The pictures look so perfect, you're just certain the reality won't measure up. Well, it does!
The best view is from the middle of the lake with the perfect lighting. It's not an easy shot to get, so the Internet comes to the rescue, once again.
We had a relaxing lunch at Bräugasthof, right on the water. Securing all these great tables is not just good luck - we aggressively scout them out and stalk them the way we did in our college dining halls. It's not uncommon for us to move tables once or twice at one restaurant so we can inch closer to the best view and take over tables when other people leave. It was worth the wait for the view!
We wandered around town a bit...
We found and fed the municipal swans. The town of Hallstatt has really outdone itself and procured a gaggle of ten swans!
And we rented an electric boat for an hour to cruise around the lake.
We spent nearly six hours in Hallstatt. It's a tiny town with literally nothing to do other than eat, shop, and maybe take a boat out on the lake (which was truly a highlight for us). The town is so idyllic, we simply didn't want to leave.
We eventually did leave to drive to our next Airbnb outside of Salzburg, with a brief stop in Bad Ischl along the way. Bad Ischl is the spa town where Emperor Franz Josef used to "summer." It's nice, but it's no Baden-Baden.