Sometimes you just have to recommend a restaurant for its spectacular view, and the food and drink is secondary. The Rudolfsturm (Rudolf's Tower) Restaurant perched high up on the cliffs above Hallstatt, Austria, is one of those restaurants. See the terrace in the photo above? Here are the views from that terrace:
That's gorgeous Lake Hallstatter, the enchanting village of Hallstatt, and the surrounding Alps behind my kids. We arrived at Rudolfsturm Restaurant after a hike along the hillside from the village. The walk took about an hour and a half and was a shaded, easy, uphill slope along a lovely path:
Rudolfsturm Restaurant was then the perfect spot to recover with a cold drink (as cold as drinks get in Europe, anyway), a Bratwurst, and a few Kodak moments. There is also a two-way cable car that travels up Salzberg (that's the correct spelling of the mountain - different from the city of Salzburg) Mountain that you can board from Salzbergbahn cable car station if you don't want to hike. From Rudolfsturm it's only a few minute's walk to the Salzwelten Hallstatt salt mine, the world's oldest salt mine.
The Rudolfs Tower was built in the 13th century by the Duke Albrecht of Austria and named after his father, Rudolf I, who was the first leader of the Habsbergs. It was built to protect the salt mine, and for about 600 years it was home to the mine managers.