Locals in Austrian selfie hotspot Hallstatt rail at overtourism

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The Austrian hamlet of Hallstatt has long been a magnet for tourists. Tree-lined mountains tower over the village’s timber-framed houses, all reflected in a shimmering Alpine lake. The vista has become so recognisable that a replica village was built in China about a decade ago. But many of the 700 or so inhabitants are getting tired of dealing with up to 10,000 visitors a day, many of them day-trippers bussed in from Vienna or Salzburg for a quick selfie. Halstatt residents have now taken to protesting “overtourism” and on August 27, around 100 locals blocked the road and tunnel leading into …

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