A Dreamy Day Trip to Hallstatt
by Katie McCabe | @awelltraveledpair | January 15th, 2017
When John and I started planning our European vacation, I just knew that we had to visit Hallstatt. I remember seeing a photo of that classic Hallstatt view, and thinking I need to see this place in my lifetime. So when our vacation itinerary landed us in Salzburg, Austria for a few days, I immediately starting planning a day trip out to Hallstatt.
We found the best way to get to Hallstatt was via train. A roundtrip train fare from Salzburg costs around $40 USD / per person. We left Salzburg Hbf station, changed trains in Attnang-Puchheim, and arrived in Hallstatt two and a half hours later. After arriving at the train station, we followed the path toward the lake to purchase ferry tickets to Hallstatt. Roundtrip ferry tickets cost around $6 USD / per person.
Hallstatt is very small. You can easily explore the entire old town in under an hour. We took our time while we strolled the beautiful streets, ate lunch, tasted their local ice cream, and checked out some adorable shops.
Some other activities include hiking, renting a small electric boat or paddleboat, riding the funicular up to the Skywalk platform, paragliding, and taking a tour of the salt mine Salzwelten Hallstatt.
Even though Hallstatt is small, it's absolutely beautiful and truly unique. Surrounded by majestic mountains, this heavenly lake-side spot should be on everyone's bucket list.
Note: If you're looking to have lunch or dinner in Hallstatt, I highly recommend Seehotel Gruner Baum's lakeside restaurant. The beautiful views of Lake Hallstatt, and delicious homemade dishes, make this restaurant one of the most popular in town.
Note: Because the town is so small, a day trip to Hallstatt is usually enough for most people. If you're looking for more time and want to stay a night or two, check out this website for hotel recommendations.