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Hallstatt home...

Posted by
Judy aka L@dybug (Brooksville, FL, United States) on 9 August 2013 in Lifestyle & Culture.

...and the funicular railway tracks to the entrance to the salt mine.
Here is an excerpt on the salt mine from Rick Steves:
"Three thousand years ago this area was the salt-mining capital of Europe. An economic and cultural boom put it on the map back in Flintstone times. In fact, an entire 1,000-year chapter in the story of Europe is called "The Hallstatt Period." A museum next to the tourist office shows off Hallstatt's salty past. For a better look, you can tour the world's first salt mine, located a thrilling funicular ride above downtown Hallstatt. You'll dress up in an old miner's outfit, ride trains into the mountain where the salt was mined, cruise subterranean lakes, scream down long, sliver-free banisters, and read brief and dry English explanations while entertaining guides tell the fascinating story in German. You can return to Hallstatt by funicular, but the scenic 40-minute hike back into town is (with strong knees) a joy."

Read Rick's article on Hallstatt here.

Panoramic view from the salt mine entrance; click here.

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Dementia is so debilitating and Hubby needs more of my time.


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tyan from Singapore, Singapore

Love that railway up, must be a gorgeous view when up there. Lve the way you framed this photo, with the house and the rail at the side. So did you hike back to town? ;)

9 Aug 2013 8:55am

@tyan: It is a lovely view, although when you get to the top and further in, trees blocked some of the close view. After the tour down in the salt mine and the return trip on the funicular (see where the cars meet and get out of each other's way?), we walked into town.

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition and impressiv photo !

9 Aug 2013 10:06am

Lai Chan See from Singapore, Singapore

I like that old cottage.

9 Aug 2013 11:27am

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Very interesting Judy.... that is a long way up! A charming little cottage, I wonder if it's still there with all the beautiful flowers and vines. A delightful view, I enjoyed!

9 Aug 2013 12:27pm

@Carol: I don't know for sure, but I expect it is still there.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

I love the retro feel to the shot Judy! The ride up the funicular must be fantastic and the vistas enticing! ;-)

9 Aug 2013 1:50pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks ... and it's fun to meet an opposing 'car' and use those outer rails. ;D

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Stunning rise-up of the funicular, like a staircase to the blue sky and beyond. How much did you manage to do and see from what Rick Steves says in the excerpt?
(Thank you for the message! I felt relieved!)

9 Aug 2013 1:53pm

@Japanalia: We did all that Rick Steves suggested except the very steep hike back to town. ;D

Don from Spokane, United States

A fascinating history of this place. Fine shot of the ride to the top.

9 Aug 2013 3:06pm

SRM from Rome, Italy

thanks for uploading this interesting shot and info.

9 Aug 2013 3:18pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An impressive PoV that you've captured here!! I was totally surprised that these were railway tracks. I would have thought they were conveyor belts or slides, given how steep it is. Great narrative information!

9 Aug 2013 5:55pm

@Steven: *Smile ... "railway tracks"? Not quite, but they call it a funicular, otherwise tram, so the rails aren't very wide.

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

I love this viewpoint. That railway has an unbelievable incline!

9 Aug 2013 7:18pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

That's impressive! I really like the green all around and the history/info below, it's enlightening!

10 Aug 2013 2:45am

L'angevine from Angers, France

oh on peut être au sommet du toit....

10 Aug 2013 7:09am

franz from Baden, Austria

this looks more dangerous as it is ... and it's an easy and comfortable way of getting to the entrance of the mine ...

20 Aug 2013 11:17am