Visit Hallstatt and Hallstatt lake — a stunning day trip
When I decided to visit Austria in December I could not contain my excitement for visiting Hallstatt. All the pictures I have seen of this tiny Austrian town, I had major FOMO over it. I will take you on a visual trip around Hallstatt and a couple of useful tips for getting there.
Hallstatt square — it is so pretty
Those houses seem like a movie decor but they are real :)
How to get there?
Although an extremely Insta- famous sight, Hallstatt is a really tiny village nestled on Lake Hallstatt. It probably has about 500 people living there (tops). Getting there is slightly trickier than getting to the bigger Austria cities, as well as more expensive. I travelled with many trains during my Austrian trip were by far the most expensive tickets (23EUR per person in each direction).
It is worth every penny
Right hand side view from the boat
Book your tickets in advance. Go to OBB’s website (Austria’s official rail services) and it is pretty easy to book whatever you want. I loved the train services in Austria — always on time, clearly singed, and there was wifi on most trains, as well as charging station above the seats. There is no direct train from Salzburg or Vienna to Hallstatt. You need to change in Attnang-Puchheim. There you will get on a local (slow) train to Hallstatt — mere 17 stops later. The trip from either Vienna or Salzburg takes about 2 hours.
Climbing up and more up
Once you get to Hallstatt, the station is tiny.
Welcome to Hallstatt
Boat trip on Lake Hallstatt
I think they never expected that the town will get so popular. The train station is on the opposite side of the lake, so you need to board a ferry to cross over. This costs 2.50 Eur per person in each direction. Depending on how many people are visiting, it might take 2–3 courses to bring everyone over. It is 15 minutes on the boat, and the water is smooth.
Hallstatt is positioned on the other side of the train station
This is your captain speaking, i am on my way :)
Hallstatt is just full of beauty — the houses, the streets, the shops. I have never seen anything as picturesque as this city. I was a little bit unlucky with the weather — watery snow falling from the sky. This made it a little bit difficult to climb around. I did it anyway of course but one advice — do not wear UGGs. I felt like I was skiing rather than walking.
Look at those beauties
Pretty corners are everywhere
Stunning scenery, I think once it snows it is even more amazing
Tiny streets leading to beautiful places
There are a few family run restaurants. Super cosy and the food is amazing. You might need to wait for tables, as most of the places have queues. Too many people, too few restaurants. As long as you are dressed warm, it is a stunning wait anyway.
Beware of the swans, they are actually vicious. I did observe one of them attacking a lady taking a photo and trying to steal her bag. As much as it was funny, they are quiet big and aggressive. Do not feed them :D
Beautiful and yet evil — story of my life :D
You can spend as long as or as little as much time. The city is tiny. However if you enjoy these types of scenery I would suggest that you book a stay in 1 of the hotels. I did not do it, as we had a packed schedule. However I want to go back and possibly spend the night there. I think this is one of the most views one can really wake up to.
The road leading outside of Hallstatt, I still found those houses being so cute
A bird’s eye view
From the top (this is the parking area actually if you come by car)
Originally published at I’m moving to London.