This is an untapped treasure. See the morning dew collide with the suns rays to create a mystical fairytale you discovered.
1. Go canoeing, which allows you to see the mother nature close up, and even dock onto the fruitful villages within the valley.
2. Go hiking to see the famous waterfall (ask you hotel), which gives you unprecedented views of the valley below. you wont forget it
3. Walk around Halstatt, seeing the authentic austrian village slowly developing tourist.
4. Make a forest fire at night! remember: this is not a tourist ridden place, so you have the freedom to do so!.
5. have BBQ. We did!
6. play frisbee, and enjoy the great weather and lake view.
Some people go hanggliding from the top of the mountain, which would have an amazing view! or skiiing at the mountain top. Inquire about these if its cold enough. All in all though, i think its better to go in hot weather. I have not been so happy before! this place is special. if you are going to Tourist it, dont ruin it please.
Beinhaus is a rather odd place, located at the cemetery of the Roman Catholic church in Hallstatt. You have to climb up a bit, due to the possibility of floods they built the Roman Catholic church overlooking the centre of Hallstatt.
Beinhaus is a small building, seperated from the church. Inside you can see about 1200 skulls piled on shelves, with the matching bones beneath. Due to lack of space on the local cemetary, it used to be a tradition in Hallstatt to bury people first in a "normal" grave and after 20 years or so to exhume the corpses again, clean the skulls and paint (!) them. To know who`s skull it is, the name of the person is written on it.
Entrance fee in summer is 1 EUR. In winter they just leave the door open and you can spy out the bones from outside.
Often clothed in a mist or with low cloud Halstatt must be a photographers dream. This picture was actually taken about 4pm on a December afternoon and yes the sight that we saw was actually blue. For really clear shots I suggest you arrive in the morning.
There are two churches in Hallstatt and this simple Catholic church at the far end of Halstatt is as unassuming as it is simple. It is not an establishment dripping with gold as we so often associate with Catholic churches. Pop in, it is free to enter.
This old museum in Halstatt is a like a journey through time showing paintings ceramics and ofcourse examples of the salt that has been mined here for hundreds of years.Well worth a visit. Once one of the oldest private houses in Halstatt the building was converted to a museum ibetween 1894 and 1898.
A funicular will whisk you up to the Salzwerk, or salt mine, in a valley above the town. If you're energetic, you can hike up in an hour or so, or you can take the funicular up to the mine and walk back down to the village after the mine tour.
The charnel house in the graveyard of the small local church at the top of the hill contains bones, including painted skulls, of the local dead whose graves are dug up after 10 or 12 years to make room for new clients
One of Hallstatt's attraction is the Catholic's Cemetery and Beinhaus (bone house). The front is assigned the Evangelist Christians. Because the cemetery area beside the church is so small, the bodies are exhumed after a few years, their skulls decorated and put in the Charnel House. Some skulls are painted with flowers, crosses and their names & other information.
In spring time, the flowers are in full bloom on the graves. It doesn't feel like a cemetery at all.
This pretty Catholic Church is located on the hill in Hallstatt, a few metres from the Protestant Church and Charnel House. The Roman church dates back to 1181 and it finally became in 1505 the existing church of today. It also has a pretty cemetery where the graves are covered with bright colored flowers
The walk from Hallstatt town center to the church will take you through small streets & alleys which brings a feeling of how Hallstatt was hundreds of years ago. The view from the church is quite breathtaking
The Protestant Church is just a few meters away from the Catholic Church and was built on the edge of the lake in the 19th century. The building was design in neo-Gothic style and its steeple is also the town's most recognizable structure which you find in guidebooks & postcards.
You can walk into the chapel but out of respect, please remain quiet.
Take an hour or so and just walk the long sidewalkthan runs beside the water. The walk is flat and relaxing. It wll provide you with a good feel of the town and where everything is. As well you can't help but feel calm because the whole village seems to just set you at ease due to its laid back atmosphere. Also the scenery of this area is nothing short of brilliant and a walk will allow you to soak everything up
Adjacent to the famous cemetary sits Hallstatt's second church. it was no built on such an advantages site with respect to its photography however i thought that this church was a liitle more visably appealing both outside and in.
This church seems to be the heart and soul of the town because no matter what picture of hallstatt you see, you always seem to have that tall steeple dominating the scene. No matter where you take your picture from this church definately provides some artistic flair to you pictures.
Ok well it not exactly at midnight but once a week on Saturdays, they offer a candlelight boat tour of the lake. The tour cost 10 Euro each and lasted 2 hours. It was really great being out on the water and seeing the beautiful surrounding from a different vantage point. you also got a free drink included and could of course buy more if you chose. bring a jacket though because it did get fairly cold out there on the water at night.
The salt mines were great. You have to take a lift up the side of the mountain and then its a 15 minute hike to the actual entrance to the caves. The guided tour is about 1.5 hours long and includes two wooden sldies which were a lot more fun than i thought they'd be. They put you in these bright goofy suits so you don't get your clothes dirty. (and no my fly's not open its just how the pants were lol ).