Guide to Hallstatt

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

Hallstatt

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.

Hallstatt in China

“Hallstatt” in China (Photo Credit: Spiegel.de)

See the similarities? Be mindful not to visit the wrong Hallstatt!

Trip Information

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)

Getting There

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

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View from Bus 150

Train at Bad Ischl Station

Train at Bad Ischl Station

Ferry Stefanie

Ferry Stefanie

Hallstatt from Across the Lake

Hallstatt from Across the Lake

View of Hallstatt from the Ferry

View of Hallstatt from the Ferry

Arriving at Hallstatt

View from the Pier

View from the Pier

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.

Hallstatt Most Photographed Spot

Hallstatt Most Photographed Spot

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 in Autumn

Hallstatt in Autumn (Photo Credit: hallstatt.net)

Hallstatt in Winter

Hallstatt in Winter (Photo Credit: AlexbroPA)

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

Gasthof Zauner

Gasthof Zauner

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.

Wiener Schnitzel

Wiener Schnitzel

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

Exploring Hallstatt

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Hallstatt

The inviting water of Hallstatts

The inviting water of Hallstatts

Bell Tower

Hallstatt Bell Tower

Mirror Lake

Glass-Like Lake in 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

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4 Comments on Guide to Hallstatt

  1. Rosanne
    29 April, 2015 at 11:50 PM (2 years ago)

    Hi! Thanks for sharing! Would you say a 24 hour trip to Hallstatt is enough?? I wanted to do a trip to Hallstatt from Vienna, and then train back the next day (short on time!!). Hope to hear back from you 🙂

    Reply
    • Carina
      1 May, 2015 at 12:12 AM (2 years ago)

      Hi Rosanne, I believe that 24 hours should be enough for Hallstatt. In fact, I only spent about 6-7 hours during my day trip there because I was short on time during my trip as well. But I managed to see and explore most of Hallstatt (the place is pretty small). Since you have more time, you can visit attractions like the salt mine that I missed out on. Enjoy your trip!

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  2. Erny
    29 May, 2015 at 7:01 AM (1 year ago)

    I will visit Hallstatt this coming july. Where we can board bus 150 from Salzburg? Is it easy to locate the bus? Do we have to buy the train ticket from bad ischl to hallstatt in advance?

    Thanks

    Reply
    • Carina
      30 May, 2015 at 12:59 PM (1 year ago)

      Hi Erny, you will be able to board the bus 150 from the Salzburg Hbf bus stop. It should not be too difficult to locate the bus. If anything, you can always seek help from the station staff. And I did not buy the train ticket from bad ischl to hallstatt in advance. Hope that helps!

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