The jewel of the Salzkammergut is HALLSTATT, which clings to the base of precipitous cliffs on the shores of the Hallstättersee, 20km south of Bad Ischl. With towering peaks and a pristine lake, this is a stunning setting in which to hike, swim or rent a boat. Arriving by train is an atmospheric and evocative experience; the station is on the opposite side of the lake, and the ferry, which meets all incoming trains, gives truly dramatic views.