Hallstatt Travel Guide

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Hallstatt Highlights

  • Pro
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     Quaint, Pretty, Remote, Traffic-free....Almost Paradise... 

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     Maybe too Quiet n Sleepy for some in the evenings 

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     The most beautiful town I've ever seen! 

Hallstatt Things to Do

  • Walking in Hallstat

    The town with its architecture super catchy. Piers on the lake with boats and houses one above the other as to climb up the cliff.

  • A walk in the bush

    On the train station side of the lake you will see a path which will take you on a really lovely walk. From here you get to see the lake and the town of Hallstatt from another perspective. Really lovely for photography and not too difficult to walk into the bargain. You will need to be staying a night or two probably, to fit it in. If you can do...

  • Walking tour with audio

    There are audio guides available at the information center or you can download the audio guide to your own ipod or mp3 player and then take a walk through town and hear about the various buildings you'll see.It really is a great way to find out more information while walking along at your own pace and enjoying the scenery. There are numbers located...


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Hallstatt Restaurants

  • Austrian dessert

    The cafe is located in the historic, picturesque market square. You are able to sample Austrian speciality cakes, various snacks and home-made ice-specialities.

  • Quaint spot for a bite

    The Gasthof Weisses Lamm is a nice little restaurant located near to the Hallstatt Museum just off the main village square. We stopped in and had one of the daily specials for Euro 9.80 and a glass of wine to help us warm up while walking through the village.The food was good, the service was pleasant and the price was reasonable - a perfect...

  • See your dinner swimming

    This lovely restaurant is right on the lake so that if you order trout, maybe you can see it swim up to the shore before being sauteed for your meal. Actually, the ambience is so wonderful - dining on the beautiful lake in a quiet little town.In the hope of keeping tips current, I have checked and this restaurant and hotel are still in business as...


Hallstatt Nightlife

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    by imran8852 Updated Oct 9, 2008

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    Not many happening here during nighttime for us but there is a small pub if you would like to unwind…dance or listen to some music.

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Hallstatt Transportation

  • From Salzburg by train or bus

    I think arriving in Hallstatt by train/boat early morning is very nice, € 22,50 (+ 2,20 for the boat) you have to change train in Attnang Puchheim. You can go also via Bad Ischl by bus (Halstatt Lahn in the Oebb website). Or go by bus via Gosau lake (Gosau Gosauer Hof in the Oebb website, not as frequent connection, at post bus interchanges they...

  • Go to Hallstatt by train!

    The nicest way to get to Hallstatt is by train, a bit slow and not luggage friendly (closest lockers are in Bad Ischl), you arrive at the other side of the lake, from where you have a beatifull boatride, 2,20 Euro.Some direct trains from Vienna, more trains from Attnang-Puchheim on the Vienna to Salzburg line, and from Stainach-Irdning on the Graz...

  • Getting to Hallstatt

    To get to Hallstatt by train, whether you are coming from Salzburg or Vienna, you need to change trains in Attnang Puchheim. From there it is a beautiful scenic journey to Hallstatt, especially if you sit on the left side of the train facing the front.Don't be alarmed during the trip if the announcements of where the train is headed do not mention...


Hallstatt Shopping

  • Exquisite hand painted glass

    This is a lovely little shop on the road that runs along the lake going to the funicular. It is probably the premier place in Hallstatt for the exquisite handpainted glassware that is prevalent in the area. Beautiful wine glasses and other glassware such as salad bowls, vases etc are delicately and colourfully painted in floral and other designs....

  • Wait till you see this....

    There aren't words to describe this shop. Just enlarge the pics and see for yourself. The shop sells mainly gifts which have been made by and large from local salt. It is unbelievable. There are soaps and candles and some very interesting salt blends for use in the kitchen. I bought some salad salt which was the lovely pink salt crystals mixed...

  • Soaps & More Soaps!

    We notice a shop that sells all sorts of soaps. The moment you enter the shop, you can smell the fragrances…it’s so nice! There are lavender and roses just to name a few. The price are much cheaper than in Wien…we should have bought more down there! You can also buy the soaps for souvenirs…they are very nice! Soaps & More Soaps With Nice...


Hallstatt Local Customs

  • Christmas in Hallstatt

    Christmas in Halstatt is made extra special with the Christmas market and nativity scene that is set up in the middle of the town near the tourist information office.

  • Living on the lake

    There are only around 1500 permanent residents of Hallstatt and the physical setting of their home forces them to live at least some of their lives on the lake. Hallstatt is not easily accessible by land. Their original inhabitants who were here 7000 years ago, came because of the salt that they were able to mine from the nearby mountains and,...

  • Water garage

    Down by the lake, you'll get a sense of the way that humans have adapted to nature here in Hallstatt. People have, in fact, been doing that for thousands of years in this town, and today it's evidenced by the water garages you'll see, complete with beautiful swans adrift on the smooth water. Is this a fairytale place or what?


Hallstatt Warnings and Dangers

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    by balhannah Written Apr 3, 2012

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    We arrived at Hallstatt by Car. We found the best thing to do, was to park the car near the Salt Miner statue which happens to be at the entrance to Hallstatt.
    From here, the walk into and through the town is lovely. The streets are very narrow, probably only wide enough to take one Car.

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Hallstatt Tourist Traps

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    The path is going rather steeply up at the beginning soon behind the salt mine. The climb takes about 1 hour. Afterwards you are going through wood. After another hour you will hear strengthen nois. You will find out, that the nois is produced by a wild stream. It hurtles down throught narrow valley. You wil go over creek thanks brave bridge. Then you will go comfortably down, only take care for router into glacial garden. The descent wil be rather sharp, but very interesting. You will see a lot of carst formations in glacial garden. The end of the path wil be comfortably walking tour
    on river bank. If you would lucky, you see beautiful waterfall The Marriage veil. You will enter Hallstatt shortly. Good Luck.

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    Fun Alternatives: Alternative is to do this trip from the end. The most interesting things are shortly after the last houses of Hallstatt.

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Hallstatt What to Pack

  • It's freezing even in summer

    If you visit the Ice Caves of Dachstein near Hallstatt, you should bring something warm to wear, like a sweater, hat & jeans. You may be tempted to just dress lightly in summer but once you're in the caves, the temperature can go as low as 0 deg C, plus high humidity. It will be cold in there!! Also, wear good walking shoes because you will take...

  • Photographer's heaven

    Hallstatt is one of the most picturesque towns in Europe and if I were in charge of the Austrian tourist board, I'd hire the best photographer in the country to capture Hallstatt's beauty and put the photos on every brochure printed. Be sure to bring all your camera equipment and allow enough time to capture the town in the ideal light of early...

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Hallstatt Off The Beaten Path

  • Don't Forget To Visit Dachstein!!!

    You can also visit Dachstein from Hallstatt if you have the time…take the cable car to the top of the mountain & see the outstanding views…

  • Beautiful lake in St Wolfgang

    St Wolfgang is a popular destination for not only Austrians and visitors alike especially during the holidays & weekends. The town was built on the edge of Lake Wolfgangsee, where you can go on boat rides or sail. Once again, this town is bigger than Hallstatt and is more commercial whereby you will find many restaurants, souvenir shops & hotels....

  • Lake Alm or Almsee

    Almsee is a lake south of the town of Grünau im Almtal in Upper Austria which has stunning views of mountains and of course the lake. This is a popular place to hike and enjoy the fresh air. There is a lakehouse in the area should you want to stay overnight or have something to eat.


Hallstatt Sports & Outdoors

  • Boating/hiking/etc

    Go to the tourist office in town for details about renting a paddleboat, or about scuba diving. You can also get an English language hiking guidebook that will lead you to some trails up into the mountains above the lake. You can even hike to the famous ice caves that are nearby if you are in good enough shape.

  • Hiking near Hallstatt

    The Hallstatt area is a great place for some great hiking. Especially if you go up to visit the ice caves. Definitely worth the trip. Not only do you get to see the amazing ice formations, but you also have a spectacular view of the Hallstattersee from up there. You don't have to climb the full 2000 meters. There is a Gondola. Just your run of the...

  • Skiing, skiing, and more skiing

    Fresh Powder almost everywhere! Great conditiions, great slopes, take along a camera and you will have breathtaking views of the Austrian Alps that you will regret not taking a picture of. The mountain has some of the best conditions for skiing I have ever had the pleasure of skiing. Highly recommended. Kasberg is my favorite but there are soooo...


Hallstatt Favorites

  • Beautiful Shrines...

    While having a stroll around Hallstatt, You’ll notice some small shrines along the roadside and Hilltops. I guess it must be a place of worship? Judging from the statues inside. Kindly correct us if you know what actually it is. The sceneries, The Lake & the weather!!!

  • A place to quench your thirst?

    A place to quench your thirst with a history! Too bad, It was written in German. I’ve included pictures of it, So if you’d understand German…Kindly read it! The sceneries, The Lake & the weather!!!

  • Souvenir Shops

    There are souvenir shops around the corner for you to buy something for your love ones. Here they also sell the Edelweiss in full bloom and dried ones. The sceneries, The Lake & the weather!!!


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