Hallstatt is the dream destination for many world travelers

Beautiful Serenity

If you take the tourists out of Hallstatt it is an incredibly beautiful place.  So peaceful and quiet with birds singing and the soft sound of water somewhere off in the distance.  But, having said that, Hallstatt is a major tourist attraction and you will understand why people from all over the world love to flock here in summer time.  Picture perfect Hallstatt in Austria will take your breath away.

Residents might be torn between the income which the tourist industry brings and the peaceful lives they had before the “great invasion”.  Nevertheless, it is the bustle of tourists that gives this village a happy holiday feeling.

Beautiful and familiar sights

Situated in the Republic of Austria (Republik Osterreich), Hallstatt is a town you have to experience once in your lifetime if you love traveling around the world.  The beautiful mountains and lake with swans give it a very tranquil image.  Undoubtedly the beautiful architecture and decorative woodwork of the different buildings will make you want to take lots of photos.

Another familiar sight on the lake is the traditional Fuhr boats.  In addition travelers rent boats and go on guided kayak and canoe tours. Obviously this is the best opportunity to take in the magnificent views of Hallstatt from the water.  I think this is the most peaceful experience ever and you just have to try this.

Hallstatt by night

What is the best time to visit Hallstatt Austria

April and May would be the best time to visit Hallstatt and to experience the summer of beautiful Austria. 

Interesting facts and Salzwelten

Hallstatt means “The place of salt”.  Considered to be the oldest salt mines in the world, Salzwelten is definitely something you should put on your list of things to do in Hallstatt.  Salt played a vital role in the history of Hallstatt and here you can go on a salt mine tour.  Mysterious mine tunnels, the oldest wooden staircase in Europe as well as a free-floating Skywalk 360 meters above ground will keep you and the family entertained.

An unusual experience in Hallstatt

Although Hallstatt, like many other European countries, have one of the prettiest cemeteries, there is a limited amount of space available.  Therefore old sculls which they dug up, ended up in the ‘Bone Chapel’.  All of the sculls are named and dated with a few pretty painted decorations.  The chapel is open to tourists. Obviously only go if you don’t find this too bizarre to view.

Is Hallstatt worth visiting

Oh yes most definitely it is.  In my opinion Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful places in Austria and should you be lucky enough to experience a day on the lake, you will be spoiled with the beautiful nature and serenity.  There are pretty restaurants and one of the things you have to try is the fish caught in the clean mountain water lake.  Add to this the fact that it is a UNESCO site and was previously the place where royalty came on vacation, I would say it is definitely a must-see.

If you are lucky enough you will be able to see the Salt Miners Band in the town square.  I think this is a fabulous bit of tradition to experience during your visit.

Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage site, recognized for its outstanding cultural and natural value. The village has preserved its unique character over the centuries, and visitors can experience the rich history and culture of the area through its museums, festivals, and local traditions.

Although not in a huge amount, Hallstatt offers something for everyone, from traditional Austrian souvenir shops to high-end fashion and local food and drink products. Visitors can also enjoy browsing through the handicraft shops and picking up unique, handcrafted items as souvenirs or gifts.

Christmas in Picture Perfect Hallstatt in Austria

Music, arts and crafts, home baked cookies, mulled wine and a beautiful Christmas nativity scene with Christmas tree awaits you at Hallstatt over December.  It is a true winter wonderland with a Christmas market.  Bratwurst sausages and Christmas punch is part of the traditional Hallstatt celebrations here at the Hallstatt Lake.

Book your ticket.  You will not be disappointed by the beauty of this village in Austria.

Should you overnight in Hallstatt

Hallstatt is big enough to keep you busy for an afternoon or maybe a day trip.  You might want to overnight in Salzburg or just across the lake in beautiful Obertraun.  However there is a beautiful hotel should you wish to overnight and experience a fresh new morning in beautiful Hallstatt.

Where to stay

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Seehotel Grüner Baum

This charming 4-star superior hotel, located in the car-free center of Hallstatt in Upper Austria’s Salzkammergut region, offers spacious rooms with stunning panoramic views of Lake Hallstatt.

Best places to stay in Hallstatt

Bräugasthof Hallstatt

Where to stay in Hallstatt Austria

This 15th-century building is located right on the edge of the water at beautiful Lake Hallstatt.

Bräugasthof Hallstatt features a traditional Austrian restaurant with a lakeside terrace, traditionally furnished rooms with lake views, and wooden floors.

More things to do in Hallstatt

There are many things to do in Hallstatt, depending on your interests and the amount of time you have to spend in the area. Here are five activities that you might consider:

    • Visit the Hallstatt Salt Mine: Hallstatt’s salt mines are some of the oldest in the world and have been in operation for over 7,000 years. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mines to learn about the history and technology of salt mining and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.

    • Take a boat tour of Lake Hallstatt: Lake Hallstatt is a beautiful and serene lake that is surrounded by mountains and offers stunning views. Visitors can take a boat tour of the lake to explore the area and enjoy the scenery.

    • Visit the Hallstatt Ossuary: The Hallstatt Ossuary is a small chapel located in the village cemetery that is filled with over 1,200 painted skulls and bones. This unique attraction offers a fascinating insight into the local burial customs and traditions.

    • Hike or bike in the surrounding mountains: Hallstatt is surrounded by beautiful mountains that offer a range of hiking and biking trails for visitors to explore. The trails vary in difficulty and length, so there is something for everyone.

    • Explore the village: Hallstatt itself is a charming village that is full of history and culture. Visitors can stroll through the narrow streets, visit the local museums, and admire the traditional architecture and beautiful views of the lake and mountains.

  • Go on a guided hike to the amazing Echerntal Valley and see the Waldbachstrub waterfall.
  • Market days: are once a week and here you will find fresh local treasures.
  • Enjoy a unique panoramic view of Hallstatt!  The new new viewing platform (Hallstatt Skywalk Welterbeblick Viewpoint) extends 12 metres from the mountainside and 360 meters above the ground.

Where to eat

At the time of publishing this article, we are thinking of  the following places you can try:

  • Seehotel Grüner Baum: This lakeside hotel offers two restaurants, both of which offer stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains. The first floor restaurant specializes in traditional Austrian cuisine, while the rooftop restaurant offers a more upscale menu and panoramic views.

  • Gasthof Zauner: This traditional Austrian restaurant is located in the heart of the village and offers a cozy, rustic atmosphere. The menu features local specialties, such as schnitzel, goulash, and dumplings, as well as a selection of Austrian wines.

  • Zum Salzbaron: This restaurant and bar is located in the salt mine complex and offers a unique atmosphere and menu. The menu features dishes that are made using salt from the mine, as well as other local ingredients. The restaurant also has a terrace with views of the lake and mountains.

  • Restaurant Rudolfsturm: This restaurant is located on the top of the Rudolfsturm tower and offers panoramic views of the lake and mountains. The menu features traditional Austrian cuisine, such as pork knuckle, roasted chicken, and dumplings.

  • Gasthaus Zaunerstube: This cozy restaurant is located in a historic building in the village and offers a traditional Austrian menu with a focus on regional ingredients. The menu features dishes such as venison stew, beef goulash, and apple strudel.

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