Hello hello! Britt here from @seaofatlas, a handmade design studio and blog. While I am originally from the States, I currently live in London so I can jump around Europe for some easy exploring. It feels great to be back on the Simon & Ruby Instagram feed today sharing with you about my recent trip to the Austrian and German Alps with my husband, Rico. One of the most beautiful places I have ever been! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stop pulling inspiration from our time there for my lettering and illustrations.
One of my favorite places we visited was Hallstatt, Austria. For the first part of the trip, we based ourselves in Salzburg. A familiar (and very loved) small city. From there we took the drive out to the small village to see what all the fuss was about. Rico has been once before with his family so it’s beauty had been a topic of conversation for quite some time. I am happy to say it did not disappoint! We walked through the old salt town’s streets and rented a boat to cruise around the lake. A quick word of advice—get there early in the day. It’s not so hidden anymore—but for good reason!
Near the end of our trip, we found ourselves in the quaint storybook town of Mittenwald, Germany. From this perfect looking town, you can take countless hiking trails to beautiful locations. First up—Leutaschklamm—a gorge that has absolutely stunning turquoise water flowing through it. While you can drive to one end of it, you can also take the (roughly) 20-minute walk from Mittenwald which we highly recommend doing instead!
The trails from Mittenwald strike again! This time, we found ourselves hiking up the hairpin trail in the back of the town, through the woods, and down to a lake to enjoy the scenery. Along the way—just about there—we came across this small chapel sitting so boldly amongst the mountainous landscape. It was these unexpected spots and trails that really made our time in Mittenwald unique.
The Alps are forever engrained in my soul. There is just something about them that really makes me feel like I’m where I belong when they are near. They were always present whether it was when they were surrounding us as we drove between destinations, beneath our feet as we hiked, or in our memory as we returned home. I know we will make it back to them time and time again from the same view points and different ones as we continue checking off our travel bucket list.
Thanks for coming along for a short glimpse into our journey today! Hopefully, I inspired some more adventures to happen!