Statistics: mileage 10.6 miles 4 1/2 hours
The next morning, the rain met us again as we stepped outside to catch a bus to the center of Bad Aussee, where we would rejoin the trail.
After a 5 minute bus ride, we walked out of town past a train arriving at the local train station.
The wide gravel path took us into the woods, alongside the Traun river which was a tranquil sight.
This riverside walk took us over two suspension bridges as we continued on a gentle downhill route.
Portions of the trail were supported by a steel walkway embedded in the cliff next to the river.
Hallstätter See is a large, serene lake surrounded by mammoth mountains. Our excitement grew as the ferry moved down the lake toward Hallstatt, a town we had read about and which we were about to encounter. Hallstatt did not disappoint as it came into view. The word picturesque hardly describes the beauty of this little gem of a village nestled at the base of a mountain and built on the water’s edge, clinging to the cliff.
Upon landing, we immediately began exploring Halstatt.
As we walked through this well-preserved, traditional town, another “Disney” type of scene was around each turn.
Our next lovely surprise was our B&B, Bräugasthof Lobisser, situated on the waterfront with perfect views of the lake. The 500-year-old building was tastefully adorned with antiques, hand painted chests and four-poster beds, and maintained a traditional ambiance.
We could enjoy the village and Hallstätter See from our room’s balcony.
June and Trudi joined us in Hallstatt as we had planned a 3-day rest stop to, well, rest, and have a chance to check out the sights in the area. We began with a delicious dinner at the gasthof and were entertained by our Hungarian waiter, TB!