I dont pay much attention to Trip Advisor lists because they are usually review algorithm based. But sometimes they send lists based on their Destination Experts inputs (like myself) which are more interesting. Last year they came up with a small list of unknown picturesque gems in Europe that no one knows about (that’s why they are unknown). Sintra in Portugal was one of the only towns from the list we visited. But a few weeks ago I received the same list yet again (which I cant find it) from TA and noticed there are two more places I can now check off, Cesky Krumlov, and this beauty located in the Salzkammergut region in Austria. Hallstatt.
Such stunning location very often lacks ample flat cemetery space. Up until 50 years ago, the graves would be recycled every 10 years or so. Bones and skulls would be removed and put inside the Charnel house, or bone house which visitors can visit today. About half of the 1200 skulls are lovingly painted, along with the deceased’s name, and sometimes profession, and date of death. And the cemetery itself offers more stunning views from above. A little tricky to find but well worth it. When walking back from the side of town where you’ll take the top picture, look for steps going up with a bunch of signs pointing up.
20 km west of Hallstatt, there’s yet another stunner, Gosausee. You can walk around the lake (about an hour) or find a spot and just stare. Its so quiet you can hear a lung collapse. The drive from here to A10 toward Salzburg is a fun one, as long as you stay alert (otherwise, you already know where the best burial place is)