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Austria's Hallstatt erects barriers to curb selfie-hunters

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Austria's Hallstatt erects barriers to curb selfie-hunters
An unobstructed view of the beautiful village of Hallstatt in Austria. (Photo by Willian Justen de Vasconcellos on Unsplash)

The Austrian village of Hallstatt -- popular among selfie-seekers for its similarity to the backdrop of the Frozen film series -- has installed wooden barriers to obstruct the Alpine view in an effort to curb over-tourism.

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The tiny village of just 750 residents, with its sloping, snow-laden timber houses and pointed church spire, would see about a million visitors per year before the Covid pandemic hit in 2020.

Grappling with a revived influx of tourists thronging its narrow streets, the village acted on complaints by residents and erected temporary wooden fences last week to partially obstruct the vista, a community official told AFP.

(see Twitter picture below)

The barriers were put up in the hope that droves of tourists would no longer flock to one of the most popular selfie spots to frame themselves with the picturesque Alpine village nestled between soaring mountains and a sparkling lake.

It remains unclear how long the wooden barriers will be in place.

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A decision will be made based on the feedback of the intervention, the official confirmed.

"The only thing that would help is if the photo point is no longer a photo point," Mayor Alexander Scheutz told a local newspaper.

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Nigel James 2023/05/16 20:04
So where is the photo of it?
  • Amanda Previdelli 2023/05/19 11:16
    Hi, we, unfortunately, don't have the rights to the photo, but we had embedded a tweet with the picture in the story. It's right after the second paragraph. Is it not loading for you? Kindly let us know (together with which device you are using) so we can forward this as an issue to the IT team. Thank you!

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