Frozen II's Real-Life Arendelle Has Been Inundated With Tourists

by Jeremy Spirogis
Frozen II's Real-Life Arendelle Has Been Inundated With Tourists

As anybody who’s ever waited in line to satisfy Anna and Elsa or journey Frozen: Ever After at Walt Disney World can attest, the pull of Frozen is extremely sturdy. Fans of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Frozen and the not too long ago launched Frozen II merely can’t get sufficient of the property, doing all the pieces they will to immerse themselves in Anna and Elsa’s world. That ardour is so excessive that Frozen II’s real-life Arendelle has been inundated with vacationers.

The Kingdom of Arendelle is just not an actual place, however it was impressed by some very actual locations folks can go to, and it appears that evidently many are doing simply that. One of these locations is the village of Hallstatt within the European nation of Austria. Hallstatt is a picturesque alpine village that sits subsequent to a wonderful lake within the shadow of the Dachstein Massif Mountain.

Basically, Hallstatt, Austria seems to be like one thing out of a fairy story, and it bears a placing resemblance to Arendelle from Frozen II. The fictional kingdom additionally sits on a lake within the shadow of a mountain, and the buildings look quite a bit like what you’ll discover in Hallstatt. Although it doesn’t appear that Hallstatt has ever been confirmed because the inspiration for Arendelle, that hasn’t stopped numerous Frozen followers from making a pilgrimage to the Austrian village.

According to The Guardian, Hallstatt, which is a Unesco world heritage web site, attracted about 100 guests a day again in 2010. Now the village attracts 10,000 vacationers a day. That’s a hundred-fold improve for the village that has a inhabitants of simply 778 folks. That resident-to-visitor ratio is six instances the quantity of vacationers per capita {that a} extra stereotypical vacationer vacation spot like Venice will get.

The perpetrator for this invasion of vacationers is probably going Frozen, however not solely. Hallstatt first appeared on a South Korean TV present in 2011, and a tycoon in China with solely an excessive amount of cash constructed a precise reproduction of the village in Guangdong province. The first Frozen film was launched in 2013, and the rumors that Hallstatt served as inspiration for Arendelle has resulted in an inflow of Frozen followers, notably from Asian international locations like China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea.

Becoming a vacationer vacation spot on this scale has been each a blessing and a curse for Hallstatt. The village clearly advantages financially due to the vacationers and is ready to preserve companies open year-long, in addition to fund faculties and public venues (paid for partly by €1 prices to make use of the restroom).

However, plenty of vacationers means plenty of litter, and costs have additionally elevated drastically. Apparently the mayor is methods to scale back the variety of vacationers buses coming in, however there’s solely a lot that may be carried out. And with Frozen II additionally proving vastly standard, making over $1.three billion and changing into the highest-grossing animated film of all time (not counting The Lion King from 2019), the Frozen fever in Hallstatt might not be abating any time quickly.

Maybe the mayor ought to attempt sending vacationers to Alta, Norway. The Samí folks of Alta not too long ago named a bunch of reindeer after the celebs of Frozen II of their honor. The gesture was seemingly a part of the Official Tourism Board of Norway’s try to get folks to return see the Nordic environments that impressed the movie.

While Hallstatt is undoubtedly stunning, if it’s a alternative between an overrun village in Austria and a frozen wonderland in Norway that sits beneath the Northern Lights the place you get to hang around with reindeer, I do know which one I’m selecting.

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