An Austrian Mountain Town

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The Salzkammergut region of Austria is scattered with small towns in the midst of mountainous terrain. Hallstatt is amongst the oldest, resting between the waters of Hallstätter See and cliffs of the Dachsteingebirge mountain range. Twisting cobblestone streets and stairways lead through the town’s ancient infrastructure, built directly below the world’s oldest known salt mine. As the dawn of a new day approaches, mist hangs low over the lake and slowly sweeps through the town swirling around gravestone and walkway alike.

The town, like the salt mine that created it, is as old as it is humble. With 400 year old hollowed tree pipelines for veins and crisp mountain air for slow, rumbling breath.

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Location: Nestled between the edge of Hallstätter See and the towering Dachstein mountains, in the Salzkammergut Lake Region.

Coordinates: 47°33′21″N 13°38′48″E

Size: 23.1 square miles

Population: > 1,000

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