Even if you don’t know the town of Hallstatt, Austria, you’ve probably seen pictures of it. It’s the picture-perfect definition of a charming European village.
No, seriously. Do an image search for “charming European village” and the lakeside town that pops up, well, that’s Hallstatt.
Unfortunately, the word is out that Hallstatt is drop-dead gorgeous, and it has a serious overtourism problem — at least between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM, when the combination of trains and a ferry allow daytrippers from nearby towns like Salzburg to arrive in droves. That brings an insane amount of tourists to the town of around 850 people, resulting in tourists walking through the yards of private homes and locals unable to get in and out of town without 45-minute delays.