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A common view of Hallstatt, one of Austria's most touristy villages, taken from the main parking lot above the village, with 11mm. focal length around noon. In late October the sun shines for only a few hours on the village because of the steep tall mountains to the west and south. From wikipedia:

Hallstatt (47°34′N 13°39′E), Upper Austria is a village in the Salzkammergut, a region in Austria. It is located near the Hallstättersee (a lake). At the 2001 census it had 946 inhabitants.
Contrary to popular belief, Hall is most likely not the old Celtic name for salt (which was *saleinom, the h-anlaut from historical s- being a characteristic of the Brythonic languages but not Continental Celtic). Rather, the name is derived from Old High German, and whatever its origin, the saltmines near the village were an important factor. Salt was a valuable resource so the region was historically very wealthy.
The village also gave its name to the early Iron Age Hallstatt culture and is part of the World Heritage Site for Cultural Heritage.
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 detonating rock.

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