Hallstatt winter is a UNESCO World Heritage site and attracts thousands of tourists every year to Hallstatt Austria. The once idyllic village on Lake Hallstatt has become famous for its fantastic location on this with the many mountains behind. What many visitors do not know: Long before the tourism Hallstatt was known because of its salt chambers. Hallstatt still has the oldest salt mine in the world, which you can visit.
Tips and sights in Hallstatt – a day on Lake
There is no doubt: Hallstatt is really beautiful and offers
countless fantastic photo opportunities. The old half-timbered houses, the
beautiful views, the Dachstein-Salzkammergut mountains, so to speak on
your doorstep – Hallstatt makes a difference. No wonder it attracts many
There are several ways you can make the journey to Hallstatt winter. The simplest variant is your car. But the bus or train are other variants to get to Hallstatt. By plane, you can only fly to Salzburg. For connections see Skyscanner or Momondo.
By car, you can either reach Hallstatt via the A10 from
Munich / Salzburg, exit Golling and then via the B166 to Hallstatt.
Alternatively, you can take the motorway A1, line Salzburg Vienna. Here you
leave at Regau, then continue on Gmunden to Hallstatt. By the way, a navigation
system works great here.
Note on parking in Hallstatt:
Unfortunately, parking spaces in Hallstatt can be very scarce. Within the
village, there are several public parking spaces. But if you do not arrive very
early in the morning, it’s hard to find a parking space. Many parking already
before and after the village on the roadside, if they are only day visitors.
From the main train station in Salzburg, there is
also a daily bus service from Salzburg to Hallstatt. In Bad Ischl, however, you
have to change once. The bus stops right in front of the train station, so you
can continue by train.
Furthermore, you can arrive by train e.g. the Westbahn.
This is a private train that connects Freilassing in Germany and Salzburg with
Vienna. You can drive to the station Attnang-Puchheim and change there to the
Salzkammergutbahn. This takes you to Lake Hallstatt, but on the other
side. From here you can take the ferry for about 15 minutes across the lake to
Hallstatt. A good overview of the times and prices can be found at our partner
Hallstatt you can explore super on foot and your own. But
if you want to know more about the history of the village, then you can take
part in a city tour. Every Monday and Saturday at 16.30 this starts at the tourist
information Hallstatt. In about 75 minutes you will be told a lot about the
city, the price is 8 €. By the way: If you stay overnight in Hallstatt, you
will receive a guest card from the hotel. With this, you can participate for
free in the city tour and get other benefits.
If you want to discover Hallstatt winter yourself, you can follow the path along Lake Hallstatt and you will pass the vantage point, market place, Salzkontor, and some souvenir shops. There are many photo opportunities on the way, so you can spend a few hours in Hallstatt.
In the old town of Hallstatt, of course, you will also find
plenty of restaurants, some of which have a beautiful view of the lake. At
least in summer they are very well visited and offer great Austrian cuisine
with strudel, schnitzels and much more. Sure, the prices are a bit more
expensive in Hallstatt because of the many tourists. But if you visit a good lakeside
restaurant (like the Maislinger or the Simony Inn) you should not be
disappointed with the food.
The Heritage Hotel Hallstatt is located right in the
heart of the Old Town and is spread over several historic buildings. Including
the house Stocker, which is the oldest house of Hallstattist with over 400
years. The rooms all have a view of Lake Hallstatt and the old town.
Delicious Austrian cuisine is served at I’m Kainz,
the hotel restaurant. Bar, sauna, conservatory and individually decorated rooms
make for a great stay in Hallstatt. Further hotels in Hallstatt can be
This is the most famous photo of Hallstatt winter and one of the most popular viewpoints, whether in summer or winter. If you’re lucky, there are not many people around right now, and you have your peace to enjoy the view. Hallstatt, the church tower, Lake Hallstatt and the mountains beyond – it just looks idyllic. The viewpoint for the famous photo of Hallstatt is located directly on the Gosaumühlstraße and is also a popular place for photo tours. To get there, you have to walk about 5 minutes from the market square in the old town, in a northerly direction along Lake Hallstatt. He is not to miss and just a must.
The historic market square is one of Hallstatt’s other highlights after the vantage point. Every visitor lands here sooner or later, be it for a stopover or to visit the restaurants, cafés, and bars on the market square. There is always something going on around the Trinity Column, which stands in the market square. Also occasionally events are held on the marketplace in Hallstatt. So there is e.g. a procession to Corpus Christi, a Children’s Day or the popular Christmas market, which takes place from 8th December.