There are only around 1500 permanent residents of Hallstatt and the physical setting of their home forces them to live at least some of their lives on the lake. Hallstatt is not easily accessible by land. Their original inhabitants who were here 7000 years ago, came because of the salt that they were able to mine from the nearby mountains and, although there is a tunnel that allow vehicles access to the town, Hallstatt remains a bit off the beaten path. The lake, however, is the gateway to the opposite shore where the train gives easy access to neighboring towns.
Down by the lake, you'll get a sense of the way that humans have adapted to nature here in Hallstatt. People have, in fact, been doing that for thousands of years in this town, and today it's evidenced by the water garages you'll see, complete with beautiful swans adrift on the smooth water. Is this a fairytale place or what?
Hallstatt's buildings are mainly built in the traditional Alpine style. Though the small hamlet sits is perched at only around 1700 feet, it sits just below the Plassen Mountain which towers at around 6400 feet.
Christmas in Halstatt is made extra special with the Christmas market and nativity scene that is set up in the middle of the town near the tourist information office.