Today was a long day, a bus ride to Bad Ischl,a train ride followed by a ferry ride to Halstatt. And wow, what a boat ride, at first the Halstatt village looked tiny infront of the massive massifs and the Halstatt”sea”. But as you get closer and closer, the village unfolds it’s charm, and you wish the boat would have been slower. In Halstatt, even the souvenier shops look very pretty, the catholic cemetery impresses, and hike upto the viewing platform exhausts(a little). But I was glad I took the hiking route. The view from Rudolfsturum was ofcourse brilliant, and since it was a little lower, it wasn’t engulfed by clouds( which Five Fingers was). The descent was a cakewalk, maybe just 15 minutes. Had a quick lunch at a Pizzeria(7-8 EU,frozen pizza and a gelato,but I wanted a quick lunch to catch the bus), took the 1 PM bus to Dachstein, and bought tickets for the 2 caves, there was no point going to Five Fingers since the weather was pretty bad.
The walk to the Mammoth cave was quite interesting, the views were great, and the edgy,grey mountains looked really good.The cave was great,big actually, it’s name was justified. The ice cave too was exciting, but I wished they would have used more of blue and green light instead of orange. Took the last cable down at 5 PM, and caught the bus to Halstatt. Had a cup of coffee and Sacher cake at a cafe. Halstatt had become even more dreamy by now, and I was glad I didn’t take the bus to Bad Ischl. The ferry ride was even more spectacular than in the morning. Reached Bad Ischl pretty late, and I had quite some time to kill before the last bus to Salzburg. So I grabbed a falafel a a middle eastern outlet and walked around the old town, which felt really quiet and atmospheric(a little lonely too).