The success of Hallstatt as a tourist destination only highlights the failure of Germany's tourism marketing. Hallstatt offers a typical view around the Bavarian alps and lakes, plus various tourists traps. A side note, get informed about the weather before visit. Rainy days will more likely ruin your photo ops in Hallstatt.
For those blown away by this over-hyped town, any anonymous town in Southern Germany would suffice. For those looking for magnificent views and fun recreations, Zugspitze and Eibsee or Königssee at the Nationalpark Berchtesgaden will redefine your perception of natural wonders.
That said, Dachstein - Salzkammergut is fantastic! The official guide is not only complimentary but also informatively accommodating! Don’t miss out the ice cave (Eishöhle) for a surreal walk on the thin ice. If you come in September, there will be concerts held inside of the ice cave. Swing at the "concert hall" inside of the Eishöhle is out of this world, literally and figuratively!
A weekend trip here is highly recommended! You can take your time to explore the caves, enjoy the hikes overlooking the area and take in the spectacular views from the five fingers (free viewing platform on the Krippenstein) or from skydiving.
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