Lakeside atmosphere, Hallstatt
Hallstatt, Upper Austria is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the Hallstätter See (a lake). At the 2001 census it had 946 inhabitants. Alexander Scheutz has been mayor of Hallstatt since 2009.
Hallstatt is historically known for its production of salt from the local salt mines.
Salt was a valuable resource, so the region was historically very wealthy. It is possible to tour the world's first known salt mine, located above downtown Hallstatt.
The village also gave its name to the early Iron Age Hallstatt culture and is a World Heritage Site for Cultural Heritage. Hallstatt is a popular tourist attraction owing to its small-town appeal and can be toured on foot in ten minutes.
There are to date no recorded notable events that took place in Hallstatt during Roman rule or the early Middle Ages. In 1311, Hallstatt became a market town, a sign that it had not lost its economic value. Today, apart from salt production, which since 1595 is transported for 40 kilometres from Hallstatt to Ebensee via a brine pipeline, tourism plays a major factor in the town's economic life. Tourists are told that Hallstatt is the site of "the world's oldest pipeline", which was constructed 400 years ago from 13,000 hollowed out trees. There is so little place for cemeteries that every ten years bones used to be exhumed and removed into an ossuary, to make room for new burials. A collection of elaborately decorated skulls with the owners' names, professions, death dates inscribed on them is on display at the local chapel.
Until the late 19th century, it was only possible to reach Hallstatt by boat or via narrow trails. The land between the lake and mountains was sparse, and the town itself exhausted every free patch of it. Access between houses on the river bank was by boat or over the upper path, a small corridor passing through attics. The first road to Hallstatt was only built in 1890, along the west shore, partially by rock blasting.
However this secluded and inhospitable landscape nevertheless counts as one of the first places of human settlement because of the rich sources of natural salt, which have been mined for thousands of years, originally in the shape of hearts owing to the use of an antler pick. Some of Hallstatt's oldest archaeological finds, such as a shoe-last celt, date back to around 5500 BC. In 1846 Johann Georg Ramsauer discovered a large prehistoric cemetery close by the current location of Hallstatt. Ramsauer's work at the Hallstatt cemeteries continued until 1863, unearthing more than 1000 burials. It is to his credit and to the enormous benefit of archaeology that he proceeded to excavate each one with the same slow, methodical care as the first. His methods included measuring and drawing each find, in an age before color photography, he produced very detailed watercolors of each assemblage before it was removed from the ground. In the history of archaeology Ramsauer's work at Hallstatt helped usher in a new, more systematic way of doing archaeology. In addition, one of the first blacksmith sites was excavated there. Active trade and thus wealth allowed for the development of a highly developed culture, which, after findings in the Salzberghochtal, was named the Hallstatt culture. This lasted from approximately 800 to 400 BC.
In 1997, Hallstatt was listed for the first time as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. This culturally historic region is now known famously as the "Hallstatt - Dachstein/Salzkammergut". Amongst Hallstatt's numerous "treasures" are the World Cultural Heritage Museum, the catholic church with mountain grave yard and the Hallstatt "Charnel House" and archeological excavations. (Source: Hallstatt & wikipedia)
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SWEETFREEDOM (24621) 2012-02-18 2:46
a beautiful lake i would like to see someday. i like the p.o.v. you have chosen with the little boats in fg and the rest of the village in bg.
jurek1951 (42196) 2012-02-18 2:55
Beautiful landscape. I know this place.Great picture with nice colours and composition,nice perspective.
bayno (18344) 2012-02-18 3:15
The lake is gorgeous, I really like the architecture of the village, excellent composition with these two skates in FG, their red contrasts well with the color of the lake, the scene is well framed and with a great depth, excellent colors rendering,
have a good WE,
timecapturer (49288) 2012-02-18 3:39
an idyllic scene and composition. Having the splash of red makes the scene so attractive because it enhances the blues and greens so effectively. The shot is superbly sharp and clear and the light makes it all so beautiful. Superb!
Regards - Brian.
lakshmip1949 (19081) 2012-02-18 4:01
A very beautiful image with the mountain in the back and a village at the foot of the mountain. A serene atmosphere of the lake. The two blue and red skates with their reflections are definitely the eye catchers. Excellent sharpness,depth and colors.
saxo042 (37890) 2012-02-18 4:16
A very beautiful landscape! Also a very interesting note. The red and blue boats are very good contrasting eye-catchers in the picture!
Sergiom (80794) 2012-02-18 5:57
Tu es dans une région du monde qui offre un peu partout les plus beaux paysages possibles.Un bel endroit pour prendre des vacances photographiques.
jlbrthnn (76037) 2012-02-18 6:26
The bright colors attract the eye. The composition is very nice. Great views of the village and the lake. The light, colors and sharpness are excellent, as usual. Bravo.
Have a nice day
Yiannis84 (2824) 2012-02-18 7:37
The high quality and the clarity of the image are just excellent! great light management also! a really fascinating shot..well taken.
prasun984 (5590) 2012-02-18 7:38
this is a beautiful and perfect composition. All the elements are here and everything is so harmoniously balanced. Executed with your usual accomplished technique and full of wonderful and captivating light. I love it!
dkmurphys (59255) 2012-02-18 8:15
Lovely colors of the lake. Great scene, truly picturesque.
Enjoy a fine evening.
siudzi (34141) 2012-02-18 9:20
A nice landscape post taken with superb technique, perfect sharpness and saturation. You have achieved a great clarity here so all elements are well shown and presented. TFS.
Graal (102928) 2012-02-18 9:53
Jó este George,
very nice composition here. I like the colours and sharpness also. Landscape is beautiful. Amazing lake by mountains. Good presentation from Hallstatt.
Have a nice evening.
vasilpro (41317) 2012-02-18 10:17
Wonderful composition, beautiful place, lovely light and vivid colors, very good contrast and sharpness, excellent POV, very nice framework, TfS!
Have a nice weekend, Vasilis.
cornejo (42971) 2012-02-18 11:30
Szia György, elfog egy jó kép ez a gyönyörű és érdekes Tekintettel erre a varázslatos helyet, a következő nyáron akartam látni ezt a helyet, szép lövés technikailag nagyon jól világosság, mély és természetes színek. Nagyon jó és szép a jól végzett munka, gratulálok barátom. Jó éjszakát és boldog vasárnap. TFS.
Hi György, capturing a good shot this beautiful and interesting view of this enchanting place, the next summer I was trying to see this place, nice shot technically very well with clarity, depth and natural colors. Very good and lovely job well done, congratulations my friend. Good night and happy Sunday. Tfs.
npecanhuk (75502) 2012-02-18 13:58
Just wonderful... both the place and the picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov, vertical format, black & white borders, contrasts and composition are all oustanding features here!
TFS - congrats,
Sonata11 (33863) 2012-02-18 18:10
beautiful mountains scenery and impressive architecture with beautiful colors, sharpness, clarity, pov and dof too. Wonderfully executed image. Absolutely fantastic work. I like it a lot. Awesome !!!
All the best and have a nice Sunday,
jjcordier (79297) 2012-02-18 22:46
Une vision plus "touristique" de cette jolie ville autrichienne.
cargus (10273) 2012-02-18 23:01
Interesting capture,a beautiful picture of mountains, very successful, good concentration between color, light and clarity, well done picture.!
emka (98854) 2012-02-18 23:08
Perfect composition with eyecatchi ng boats in fg, attractive boathouses on the lake and impressive mouintain in the bg. Nice holiday atmosphere. Great place, wonderfully presented.
Royaldevon (39344) 2012-02-19 2:14
A shot with beautiful clarity and fine color saturation which makes it immediately attractive.
The boards make a natural lead towards the vividly coloured boats; so much f/g interest before absorbing the beauty of the setting with its characteristic houses, set against a formidable hilside.
It doesn't surprise me that this area was accessible only by water until very recently but it does show how determined men were to live here!
Have a good Sunday,
mesutilgim (95390) 2012-02-19 10:26
Nice capture from Hallstatt. Again perfect pov and nice ligth. The orange an blue colors of the paddleboats creates a nice vitality of the scene.
TFS and best regards
Cricri (120143) 2012-02-19 10:43
Une autre jolie vue de la ville avec les couleurs et la position des bateaux, un lieu touristique combien agréable a voir
jemaflor (98091) 2012-02-19 11:23
Nice view well composed with this colourful fg,nice mountains and light on your photo.
mkamionka (37241) 2012-02-20 2:56
beautiful composition, great job!
I like the platforms in the foreground. The flat objects enhance so much the feeling of perspective.
Charming view with the village nicely located at the lake and at the foothills of the mountains. Great natural colors, very relaxing shot,
Have a great day,
mauro61 (52857) 2012-02-22 3:22
mi piace questa immagine composta su piů piani con una perfetta definizione.
Dal lago alla montagna con le due barche ottimi punti di colore inseriti nella scena,
- Copyright: George Rumpler (Budapestman) (82620)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2007-04-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Transportation, Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K10D
- Exposure: f/8, 1/180 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-02-18 2:23