Dear Travelers, FYI: Guesthouse Zauner in Hallstadt, Austria has suffered some damage in recent heavy rains and mud slides. We only learned of this when we arrived today (Tuesday, June 25, 2013). While it may reopen in a few days, the reception and lower level area is a mess. The helpful folks at the Gruner Baum (referred by people at the Zauner) helped to find us another room in town. Jan O.
Hallstadt is my favorite small town in Europe. Did the town have any other damage?
In general, Hallstatt was okay. The severe, rushing rain and mud slide washed out some cobble stone areas in the pedestrian streets, but the crews were hard at work repairing affected areas. The area affected was mostly in the old town area. I'm sure most things have been back to normal by now, but check with the hotel if you had reservations. 'Sorry for the delay responding. I just returned from being out of the country for a few weeks, and don't go through my usual calvacade of internet contacts when traveling a lot, and use a more accessible email account when traveling.
I should have been clearer: The only hotel I saw that was affected by the water and mud slides was the Zauner, largely because the waterfall is basically on its back door. The other hotels looked fine. Again, The Zauner may be able to take guests now, but I'd check if you have reservations there. The water in the lake got very high -- some of the dining platforms on the lake were covered by about 2 feet of water. The level had gone down by the time we left a few weeks ago.