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Last Updated : Apr 29, 2020 08:14 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

In pics | Picturesque village in Austria awaits tourists after country closes borders due to COVID-19

Hallstatt, a small picturesque village in Austria, is left deserted amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing crises has impacted the tourism industry, affecting mainly locals at tourist places who are mostly dependent on earnings from travellers

Hallstatt, a lakeside village in Austria’s Salzkammergut region, is left empty with no visitors due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The locals mostly depend on foreign guest to earn a living. (Image: Reuters)

Hallstatt, a lakeside village in Austria’s Salzkammergut region, is left empty with no visitors due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The locals mostly depend on foreign guest to earn a living. (Image: Reuters)

European tourism hotspots are facing staggering decline in footfalls. Last year, the village saw a million visitors a day. (Image: Reuters)

European tourism hotspots are facing staggering decline in footfalls. Last year, the village saw a million visitors a day. (Image: Reuters)

Empty benches are seen during the COVID-19 outbreak in the main square of the city of Hallstatt, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

Empty benches are seen during the COVID-19 outbreak in the main square of the city of Hallstatt, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

Most tourists came on bus tours stopping for a view that gained renown in Asia after the South Korean TV series that was filmed there and a partial replica was built in China. (Image: Reuters)

Most tourists came on bus tours stopping for a view that gained renown in Asia after the South Korean TV series that was filmed there and a partial replica was built in China. (Image: Reuters)

An empty road is seen during the coronavirus outbreak in the city of Hallstatt, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

An empty road is seen during the coronavirus outbreak in the city of Hallstatt, Austria. (Image: Reuters)

The Austrian government acted early to stem the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. All the shops, restaurants and other gathering places were shut that helped flatten the curve of the outbreak. (Image: AP)

The Austrian government acted early to stem the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. All the shops, restaurants and other gathering places were shut that helped flatten the curve of the outbreak. (Image: AP)

Austria will begin lifting its lockdown from May 1, starting with the essential places but are urged to follow the social distancing rules to avoid the second wave of disease. (Image: AP)

Austria will begin lifting its lockdown from May 1, starting with the essential places but are urged to follow the social distancing rules to avoid the second wave of disease. (Image: AP)

But the borders will remain closed for tourist, which will severely impact the tourism industry and places like Hallstatt that are highly dependent on foreign guests to earn a living. (Image: Reuters)

But the borders will remain closed for tourist, which will severely impact the tourism industry and places like Hallstatt that are highly dependent on foreign guests to earn a living. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Apr 29, 2020 08:14 pm
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