Doing an exchange program in Europe provided me with many opportunities. Of which, the opportunity to travel around Europe is definitely one which I treasure. Travelling around Europe would of course involve visiting popular cities like London, Brussels (click on the link to view my post on Brussels), Vienna, Budapest, Paris, Rome, Florence etc. However, this post is dedicated to a beautiful place in Europe which may not be half as popular as the places mentioned in the list but may very well have more to offer.
Hallstatt Guide to Hallstatt
Hallstatt is one of the oldest salt mining village in Austria that is surrounded by snow-capped mountains and a glass-like lake. The village obtained its wealth and beautiful baroque architecture from trading a highly sought-after commodity for centuries – salt. Since December 1997, this quaint village has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. To be honest, I am quite reluctant to share about this hidden gem because I simply love how quiet and undamaged this village is. In Hallstatt, the air seem to smell fresher, the features of the ducks are shinier and the swans are in the purest shade of white. Most of the people who visited Hallstatt could not stop raving about the place. So to sum it all up, Hallstatt is a place that you should see at least once in your lifetime.
Fun Fact: Did you know that Hallstatt was literally recreated, brick-by-brick in a subtropical district of Guangdong, China.
See the similarities? Be mindful not to visit the wrong Hallstatt!
Destination: Hallstatt, Austria
Duration: 1 Day (Day Trip from Salzburg)
Date: 22nd April 2014
Transportation: Bus + Train + Ferry
Amount Spent: About 53 Euros (32.60 on transportation, 12.50 on food, 8 on coffee + cake)
Hallstatt is located pretty near Salzburg, a popular destination in Austria. It takes about 2 hr 15 mins to get from Salzburg to Hallstatt via bus, train and ferry. Hallstatt may sound very inaccessible but with the scenic bus route, you wouldn’t even realise that more than 2 hr has passed.
To get from Salzburg to Hallstatt by public transport, you can choose from these options:
1) Bus Route
- Bus 150 (Salzburg to Bad Ischl)
- Train (Bad Ischl to Hallstatt Railway Station)
- Ferry (Hallstatt Railway Station to Hallstatt)
Cost (one way): €10.10 (Bus 150) + €4.00 (Train) + €2.20 (Ferry) = €16.30
Duration: 2hr 15mins
2) Train Route
- National Railway OBB (Salzburg to Attnang-Puchheim)
- Train (Attnang-Puchheim to Hallstatt Railway Station)
- Ferry (Hallstatt Railway Station to Hallstatt)
Cost (one way): €26.40 (Both Trains) + €2.20 (Ferry) = €28.80
Duration: 2hr 30mins
I chose the bus route and would recommend the same route simply because it is cheaper, faster and more scenic as compared to the train route.
Glimpse of the Bus Route
Arriving at Hallstatt
As Hallstatt is a pretty small village you will probably not need a bicycle or car. Walking can bring you anywhere within the village. Like all tourist, the very first thing that I did upon arrival was to hunt down the most photographed spot in Hallstatt. Although I must agree that in Hallstatt, you can always randomly take a photo and 90% of the time, it will turn out nice.
This photo was taken during summer with a point-and-shoot camera and it is not edited. Hallstatt is not only amazing during summer. It has a very different kind of allure during other seasons as well.
Hallstatt Salt Mine
If you are planning to visit Hallstatt for more than one day, you could consider visiting Hallstatt’s Salt Mine which is more than 7000 years old. Guide to hallstatt
A ticket which includes the Salt Mine Tour and 2 way funicular ride to-and-fro the salt mine costs about 24 Euros. (Note that the Salt Mine Tour is seasonal so do check their website before adding it into your itinerary.)
For More information, visit their website at http://www.salzwelten.at/en/hallstatt/saltmine/
Unfortunately, since I was only in Hallstatt for a day, I did not have enough time to visit the Salt Mine. Tell me more about your experience in the comment box below if you have been there!
Food in Hallstatt
A little research on trip advisor brought me to this restaurant (Gasthof Zauner). This restaurant is said to be popular amongst both locals and tourists alike and have been around since 1893. If a restaurant has been around for THAT long, the food can’t be bad right? True enough, the food here did not disappoint.
Schnitzel is my go-to dish in Austria. My trip to Austria was about 5 days long and I had Schnitzel at least once a day. And I must say that the Schnitzel at Gasthof Zauner was one of the best Schnitzels that I had during the trip! The restaurant is pretty well-known for their freshly caught fish as well. If you are a fish person, definitely give that a try. Guide to Hallstatt
Hope that you would enjoy Hallstatt as much as I did! If you have already visited Hallstatt, let me know your views on the place in the comment box below.Guide to Hallstatt