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Tourists spot of Australia fenced for the peace of residents

“Hallstatt – The Village of Fairies” is temporarily closed

In the months of vacations, the famous tourist spot of Australia is wooden fenced to deter the large group of people who come to visit the place. Hallstatt is the picturesque alpine village at Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut.

It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a must-see day trip destination for many tourists visiting Salzburg. With stunning scenery and a rich history of archaeological culture linked to Proto-Celtic and early Celtic people of the early Iron Age in Europe.

The place is filled with mountains and is believed to have inspired Arendelle, the kingdom of Disney’s Frozen. Every year millions of tourists flock to town hoping to click some selfies with the world-famous view. The town was also featured on a Korean TV show in 2006 and its replica was built in Huizhou, Guangdong Province, China in 2011.

In an attempt to reduce selfie-obsessed tourists, Hallstatt erected a temporary wooden fence in one of its famous vista points. The aim is to prevent the visitors from gathering around the spot popular for taking pictures and causing disturbances to the locals. The population of fewer than 800 residents is demanding peace in the area. However, the move faced backlash on social media, with critics arguing that this hindered the town’s charm and beauty.

Hallstatt’s mayor, Alexander Scheutz responded to the criticism and decided to remove the fence. Instead, he plans to place a banner at the tourist spot, reminding visitors that people live in the area. The village has been facing over-tourism for years, and the recent surge in tourists after the pandemic has reignited concerns among the residents.

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