Of all the well-recognized labels a monument, city or landscape can bear, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site designation is among the most prestigious. When a property is recognized as such, travel and tourism content creators are generally quick to highlight its vaunted status as a landmark that a highly respected international body has deemed to be of outstanding value to humanity and worthy of preservation.
This is the fairy tale village that inspired Disney’s ‘Frozen’; Laura Barry; Better Homes and Gardens
Frozen may be a Disney movie for children, but everyone – even people without children – are familiar with Frozen, or at the very least, Idina Menzel’s infamous song ‘Let It Go’. However, not everyone knows about the very real tiny town that is thought to have inspired Frozen, and the fictional town of Arendelle.
Hallstatt, a picturesque hamlet in the central European country, has been supplying salt from its mines since the Bronze Age.
Nestled between the edge of the mystical shores of Hallstätter See and the dramatic Dachstein mountains lies the small village of Hallstatt, a UNESCO World Heritage site and perhaps the most postcard picture perfect village in all of Austria. Hallstatt deserves its place among the covers of travel guides and as one of the most photographed villages in all of Austria. It is one of the most stunning villages the writer have ever seen.
From exploring caves to a boat trips there’s plenty of fun to be had in Salzkammergut. Here’s Astrid Hofer’s guide for the top things to do during your stay.
Witness Austria’s natural and cultural treasures in Dachstein Salzkammergut. Here’s a travel guide with top attractions, things to do and how to get there.
Roger and Chris left Salzburg by train, after a 7:00AM taxi ride which their hosts graciously arranged for them. The Salzburg train station is easy to find your way around in and they had purchased their tickets for Hallstatt there a few days earlier.