Hallstatt, with its misty view of the Alps, is one of many lakeside villages in Austria's scenic Salzkammergut—the lake country east of Salzburg. Writer P.F. Kluge returned to the region for the April 2009 Traveler feature, "Secrets of the Lakes," photographed by Sisse Brimberg and Cotton Coulson. Kluge says he returns repeatedly to this region because "I miss the mountains; the villages down below, each with a bakery and a butcher shop; orchards and gardens; and farmhouses with flower-filled window boxes that are works of art."
Read more about Austria in "Secrets of the Lakes" in the April 2009 issue of National Geographic Traveler.
Austria's Lake Country
See photos of Austria's lake country in this travel photo gallery from National Geographic.