Winter wonderland beautiful little town that’s easily ‘prettiest in the world’

A tiny little Alpine village has been named as one of the most beautiful on Earth, with travel experts saying it is perfect for a winter holiday. Hallstatt in Austria has been named as one of the most beautiful cities by Harpers Bazaar despite it not technically being a city.

The lifestyle magazine praised the town for its “picture postcard” views and “bristling” snow-capped mountains. It also mentioned its “pristine” lake of snow-fed water and Alpine beauty.

The town’s history goes back to the prehistoric period, when ancient settlers produced salt on the shores of Hallstatt, with the wealth gained by the town as a result of the industry on display at its prehistoric cemeteries.

The town itself is made up of multicoloured homes and buildings with cobbled streets which surround its Hallstatt Lutheran Church that looms over the area.

Hallstatt is home to the world’s oldest working salt mine which is made up of 21 different levels and several smaller shafts ranging from 514m to around 1,267m above sea level.

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The Sunday Times once described Hallstatt as the “most Instagramable town in the world” and it has even been rumoured to be the model for Frozen’s Arendelle village.

The town became so popular on social media in Asia that China even built a replica in 2011 in Huizhou, Guangdong province.One of Hallstatt’s biggest tourist attractions is its large mountains such as Hoher Dachstein with many different hiking trips on offer to visitors.

Those wishing to see Hallstatt for themselves should book a return flight to Salzburg costing about £45 from Manchester Airport before taking a two-hour train journey to the town.

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The area’s beauty is not a well kept secret to say the least, with holidaymakers raving about it on TripAdvisor. One contributor said: “It’s one of the most beautiful town in Austria.

“We stayed for 2 nights in the town. Post 5pm the town is totally empty, it’s so serene and peaceful. Worth staying for 2-3 days just relaxing and enjoying the nature.”

Another added that the area was in fact packed with tourists, but that it didn’t take away from the overall experience. The review said: “Our tour bus stopped here for 3 hours on Saturday afternoon so we could sightsee.

“The main street was absolutely packed with tourists taking pictures of anything and everything because the town is so photogenic.

“There are many souvenirs shops, restaurants and food stands along the main street, few benches, always full. I noticed-that the sun lights up the town until about 3.30pm, then the water and its houses loose their sparkle.”

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