Hallstatt is a charming small village in Austria and recently is getting the attention of the tourist that are heading there to get to know this beautiful place.
Since it is considerably small is possible to see nearly everything in one day (I did), but I wouldn’t mind staying a couple of days just looking at that amazing scenery.
When I went there with my friends it was winter, and it had snowed a few days before, but despite the cold, we had a lovely day walking around and enjoying the village and the beautiful landscape.
Believe me, the photos doesn’t do it justice!
What to do in Hallstatt?
– explore the old town and visit the world-famous Beinhaus (Bone House) behind the Catholic Church;
– go to see the Baroque architecture at the Kalvarienberg Church;
– see Cultural Heritage Museum;
– take the funicular (when we went it was closed) and visit the salt caves and the view platform;
– make a boat trip around the lake (it was too cold to do it when I was there);
– just walk around and you can find restaurants, cafes and a range of souvenir shops.
HOT TIP: from the Katholische Pfarre Hallstatt (Catholic Church) you can have an amazing view of the town and the lake. From there, instead of going down again, take the stairs up and just walk in the middle of the alley rather than the main road. It has beautiful views, is less crowded and you can see how the houses are on the hills.
Hallstatt is around 1.5 hour driving from Salzburg, and there is some car parking on the outskirts of the village because you can not drive in the centre.
Several companies run bus/shuttle service between Hallstatt and Salzburg, Vienna, Linz, etc. From Salzburg is a little bit more than 2 hours by bus.
Also, you can take the train that stops on the opposite side of the lake, and then take the ferry to cross it. The train has the schedules coordinated with the ferry.
It is better to ask for more information about it at the Tourist Information Centre in Salzburg or any other train station.
I can promise you that it is absolutely worth it a visit.
I hope you have a lovely day and please don’t hesitate to contact me for more information or tips.
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