If you are in love with small and picture-perfect European towns and villages then you must take a day trip to Hallstatt. Nothing is better than relaxing by the lakeside in a cute European town 🙂
A trip to Austria is incomplete without a day trip to Hallstatt. Hallstatt is a picturesque village in Upper Austria. It is very close and easily accessible from Salzburg, Vienna, Linz, and Graz, It’s an ideal option for a day trip from Salzburg. A day trip to Hallstatt is very popular amongst locals and tourists alike. Spending one day in Hallstatt is a perfect relaxing getaway that you might be looking for :-). Situated on Hallstätter See the village of Hallstatt looks so beautiful that even the Chinese could not help it and they made a replica of Hallstatt in China. Hallstatt, Austria is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Famous for its lakeside views, beautiful European houses, lush green scenery, and salt mines spending a day trip to Hallstatt is a must for every person who wants to have a real feel of this beautiful Austrian village. If you are a nature lover and a photographer a day trip to Hallstatt will never be enough. This picturesque city is full of amazing views.
Last spring season, I was on a short road trip to Austria. We chose to stay in an Airbnb home in the small village of Eugendorf. Use our Airbnb code to here get a discount on your first booking. I was already decided on spending one day in Hallstatt and it was worth moment. I was spellbound by the beauty of the village. Before visiting Hallstatt, I thought that Switzerland was the most beautiful place in Europe. But just a few hours in Hallstatt, Austria made me think over my previous conclusion.
Hallstatt is a perfect destination for both- romantic and family oriented vacation. A Hallstatt day tour is not just a trip; it’s an experience. The best part is that Hallstatt is a year-round tourist destination. Be it winters or summers, the town is easily accessible and all the tourist attraction are also open all year round. I will not be exaggerating if I say that Hallstatt makes every season look so beautiful. I can’t help it, I am smitten by the beauty of the town 🙂
How to Reach Hallstatt, Austria
By car: Car is the best mode of transport for a day trip to Hallstatt. It takes a maximum of one and a half hours to reach Hallstatt from Salzburg. We were staying in a small village Eugendorf. It took us about 1 hr 10 mins to reach Hallstatt by car. The best part of traveling by car is the beautiful scenery. There is never a single moment when we were not looking out the window.
By Train: There are no direct trains from Salzburg to Hallstatt. You can take a train from Salzburg Hbf to Attnang-Puchheim Bahnhof. And from here the next train to Hallstatt Bahnhof. The train journey takes around two and a half hours. The Hallstatt Bahnhof is situated on the other side of the lake. So you need to take a ferry to reach the village. The ferry runs every hour. The overall one-way cost comes to approximately 30 euros per person.
By Bus: As compared to train travel, reaching Hallstatt by bus is pocket-friendly. Take a bus from Salzburg to Bad Ischl. From Bad Ischl another bus to Hallstatt train station. And with a ferry ride, you will arrive in the village area. The total cost will be somewhere around 20 euros one way.
You can get information about the various bus and train timings and book tickets here on ÖBB (Austrian Transport Website)
Things to do on a Day Trip to Hallstatt Hallstatt
1. Walk around in Hallstatt
A walk in the streets of the city is an amusing experience. The houses in Hallstatt are very beautiful and fun to look at. The houses in the streets have such amazing colors. It’s one amongst the most colorful display of houses that I have seen till date. Some house owners specially decorate their houses for the onlookers. Another nice thing to do is walk along the lakeside. Even with so many tourists, you feel certain serenity at the lakeside. My husband and I kept walking for a long as the weather was good and the place felt more romantic. There are some benches around the lakeside to sit, relax and absorb the beauty of the lake.
2. Visit the Salt Mines (Salzwelten)
Austria is very famous for its salt mines. It’s a one of a kind experience. All dressed up in miner uniforms you get to go inside the mines and see the miners’ equipment. If you are in a crazy mood you can even try licking the mine wall to ascertain the salt content in the rocks. Done that 😉 and yes they are salty. The best part of the mine visit is the wooden slide. You would feel like going again and again on the slide. You can take the panoramic lift and then walk to the salt mines. Another available option is taking the Funicular.
3. Take a Boat Ride
For a couple renting a Swan shaped pedal boat is the most romantic thing to do. The beautiful houses, the historical building, and the scenery look more beautiful from the lake. For a larger group, you can also rent bigger motor boats. You can rent boats by the hour. Boating in the lake is a very magical feeling. I know that cramming so many things in one day in Hallstatt can be difficult but a boat ride is a must.
4. Visit the “Skywalk”
Skywalk is a viewing platform built at an elevation above Hallstatt. You can either take the funicular ride or hike up to the Skywalk. The views from the Skywalk are spectacular. You get a panoramic view of the city and the lake. You won’t feel like moving away but there will be a long line behind you waiting for their turn. If you have some extra time best option is to go up in the funicular and come back down hiking. This way you can enjoy the trail as well.
5. Visit charnel house in St. Michael’s Chapel
Popularly known as Beinhaus (Bone House) has a collection of around 600 painted skulls. These skulls are painted with the name of the person to whom they belonged. This tradition was carried out till some part of the 20th century as well. It has one amongst the largest collection of skulls ever. With children, it can get a bit scary. With only so much time at hand in a day, we decided not to visit Beinhaus
6. Enjoy a cup of coffee in any lakeside café
Whenever I visit a beautiful place, I always have my dose of caffeine in some café with a view. Usually, I don’t like spending too much money on food, but this is something I simply cannot avoid. I enjoyed my cup of coffee at Seecafe Frundsberg enjoying the views overlooking the lake. With just a few hours in Hallstatt, it’s not very convenient but a nice experience.
It is such a beautiful place that a day trip to Hallstatt is not enough. The best way to enjoy the city is at a slow relaxing pace. Even though pilling all things in a day becomes tedious but is still very charming.
It’s almost six months since I visited Hallstatt. The village has not lost its charm on me. I would love to go back there and spend more than just one day in Hallstatt.
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