Austria’s Best Kept Secret: How to Visit Hallstatt

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This small town overlooking Lake Hallstatt is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the whole world, due to its picturesque charm and surrounding gloriously mountain range.

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How to Visit Hallstatt

It is not particularly straight forward to arrive at Hallstatt unless travelling by car, which only adds to the allure of the small town as it is often disregarded by travellers given its limited accessibility.

If travelling from Salzburg or Vienna, take the train between the two and get off at Attnang-Puchheim. Then, switch to the train bound for “Bad Ischl and Obertraun”. The Halstatt station is one stop before Obertraun and south of Bad Ischl. Once off the train, take the ferry (it will be there to meet the train) across the lake to Hallstatt. Et viola!

If travelling from Czech Republic, you will first need to make your way to Cesky Krumlov (2.5 hour bus drive from Prague), and then take a shuttle bus direct to Hallstatt (be aware that these run more frequently in the summer and are limited during the low season). Shuttle companies offering the commute include Shuttle Cesky Krumlov and Bean Shuttle (with very similar prices).

Once there, the only way to get around is to walk – which is, of course, the most pleasant way to get around a small town!

What to do in Hallstatt

So now you’re here, you’re probably wondering what there is to do? The main attraction is the picturesque town itself, so be sure to take some holiday snaps as you take the ferry across the lake (it is the best view for photos and not to be missed!)

The main attraction for visitors other than the town itself is to visit the 250 year old salt caves. Tours depart daily.

Another activity is to see the ice caves on the other side of the lake in Dachstein.

How long should you come for?

As Hallstatt is such a small town, visitors really only need 1-2 nights to enjoy it. A great idea is to combine Hallstatt with Vienna and Salzburg to see three of Austria’s highlights!

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    Kerjan | Backpack Babe
    October 13, 2015 at 1:48 am

    How beautiful!! Looks like such an adorable little town in Austria! Need to get there ASAP 🙂 Thanks Brooke!

    October 12, 2015 at 10:18 pm

    Wow! OK I’m sold!

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    Lady Light Travel
    October 12, 2015 at 7:50 am

    I think it should be noted that Hallstatt dates back to pre-Roman times as a place of salt (hence the name). The Hallstatt Museum is in town and has great displays bout the history if the area. One of the other attractions is the ossuary/graveyard. There’s only limited burial ground due to the steep terrain. That means that bones only get to stay in the graveyard for a few years. Later they are dug up and placed in the ossuary. Many of the skulls are painted with beautiful symbols and are arranged decoratively with the rest of the bones. When you’re finished touring you can take a punting boat or sit next to the lake for dinner.

    October 12, 2015 at 6:57 am

    Hallstatt is gorgeous but I would hardly say it’s a secret. Great tips though!

    October 12, 2015 at 4:50 am

    Wow, how beautiful!!

    October 12, 2015 at 4:32 am

    When I went to Italy last year we drove parts through Austria and since then I’ve wanted to spend some time there, this seems like a place to definitely visit 🙂

    October 12, 2015 at 2:15 am

    Hallstatt is really magical and beautiful place. I live in the Czech Republic, so I have it pretty close, but I haven´t been there yet. Now, I really have to! Thank you for tips, I simply love your blog! 🙂

    Andrea @ Green and Turquoise
    October 12, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Stunning photos! Looks like a town right out of a fairytale, so charming. Will definitely be adding this to my must-see list. Thanks for the tips Brooke!

    October 12, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Oh wow! My boyfriend used to live in Austria and has always said we should visit Hallstatt. We keep meaning to go to Salzburg and Hallstatt for the weekend as we live in Munich but keep putting it off. No more, your photos have definitely convinced me! Thank you 🙂

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    October 11, 2015 at 11:14 pm

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    October 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Hallstatt is absolutely gorgeous. However, I wouldn’t say that it’s Austria’s best kept secret as its flooded with visitors every day of the year! Just so many tourists in a small town like that 😀

    Love, Kerstin

    Adelaide Haynes
    October 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Need to get here!!! Especially in Winter! Looks absolutely magical!

    October 11, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Oh my god!! That view is so wonderful!!!

    October 11, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    I visited Salzburg and Vienna, but its such a shame i didn’t manage to go to hallstat! It is definitely one of the prettiest places in austria!

    x Carina

    Miles of Happiness - Marie
    October 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

    Austria looks beautiful. I’ve LOVED New Zealand and everyone keep telling me I would looove Austria as well, it’s the same green-beautiful-nature. Your photos are stunning!

    October 11, 2015 at 11:08 am

    What a beautiful place! Wish I had time to stop here on my Austria trip!

    October 11, 2015 at 9:53 am

    These are beautiful photos! It would be amazing to live here.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn
    October 11, 2015 at 9:51 am

    Hallstatt is one of my favorite locations in Europe! I’ve visited there twice and am always captivated by the charming village. The only downside is that it’s absolutely overrun by tourists!

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    October 11, 2015 at 9:27 am

    really gorgeous place!! Reminds me a bit of Lake Constance

    October 11, 2015 at 8:55 am

    Hallstatt is definitely in my top five of places I want to visit most. It just looks so beautiful. Thanks so much for all the tips!

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