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Hallstatt is an Austrian town that seems like it is just out of a fairytale. The town is located on the western shore of Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region.

With 16th-century houses and alleyways, stunning views of the Alps and an interesting salt mine, this town is one you should visit. 


The town is a quaint one, with a small population. However, over the years, the town has gained a lot of popularity. This results in tens of thousands of people coming here every year. 

With red and yellow painted architecture, vibrant streets and a break from that city life, Hallstatt is the perfect place for a day trip. The town is so small that you can walk from one end to the other in just about 20 minutes. It is also a UNESCO-recognised world heritage site

Getting to Hallstatt from Salzburg

First, let’s talk about how you can actually get to Hallstatt. The town is quite accessible from the city of Salzburg. You can also drive up to Hallstatt, which provides one with a little more flexibility.

There’s a bus and train route that you can take from Salzburg, where the last stop is Obertraun. From here, a boat ride across Hallstatt lake will take you to Hallstatt town. 

Hallstatt town

Renting a car, however, is also recommended just because of how flexible it is. From Salzburg, the journey is 80 kilometres. Moreover, you can make stops through the Salzkammergut region along the way, for some stunning views. 

Things to do in Hallstatt

Now that you’ve got an idea of just how wonderful Hallstatt is, and how to get there, let’s talk about some of the things you can do here. 

Kalvarienberg Church

This beautiful church is located at the edge of Hallstatt. Kalvarienberg Church is also called Calvary Church and is one of the most precious examples of Baroque architecture.

The carved crucifixion figures inside the church are so intricately done. These are credited to the famous Baroque sculptor, Meinrad Guggenbichler. The church is a small one with romantic elements.

 Kalvarienberg Church

The church was originally built in 1711 but has gone through renovations since then. The baroque chapel has a carved roof, which was renovated in the last few decades.

The Kalvarienberg Church also offers a view of Hallstatt ton and the magical lake, and it is also a good starting point for many tours. 

Lake Hallstatt

The town of Hallstatt is named after this lake, which brings so much beauty to the place. Several Hallstatt tours cover this lake from one end to the tower, and it is truly with exploring.

You can rent bicycles and cycle along this magical lake. If you eat to be in the water, boating on lake Hallstatt is also something you can do.

Hallstatt Lake

The views from the lake are fantastic. The majestic alps, the lush, green meadows and the quaint town make the view unbelievably beautiful.

There are so many places in the town of Hallstatt, where you’ll get unparalleled aerial views of this lake. This only adds to the charm. 

Dachstein Ice Caves

The Dachstein Ice Caves are some of the most beautiful ones you’ll see. They are a mixture of stone and ice, and when illuminated, look absolutely magical.

There’s no concrete date as to when these were discovered, but one legend says that they were discovered by a local in 1897. The ice caves are majestic and will leave you in awe. In some parts of the cave, the ice is as thick as 20 metres!

Dachstein Ice Caves

The different formations created by the ice almost look like they’re from another world. Guided tours are available here, where you’ll learn more about the history and formations.

When you’re in Hallstatt, you should definitely consider visiting the Dachstein Ice Caves. 

Salt Mines

Another set of geographical wonders in Hallstatt is the Salzwelten Salt Mines. These Salt Mines are the oldest in the world and go back about 7000 years.

Visiting these salt mines will literally feel like you’ve gone back in time. You enter the salt mines with a cable car.

Salzwelten Salt Mines

Once you’re inside, your tour guide will give you information about the history and formation of the caves. Audio-visual information is also provided.

Here, you’ll also learn about the legend of “the man in the salt”. Visiting the Salzwelten Salt Mines is a really cool experience, that you should definitely check out when you’re in Hallstatt. 

Market Square

The Hallstatt Marktplatz or market square is one of the most happening places in town. Restaurants, cosy cafes, bars and souvenir stores line the whole area.

Visitors and locals alike come here for some fun energy and a nice place to relax at. The centre of the square has the Holy Trinity Statue, which is quite intricate and interesting to look at.

Statue at Hallstatt Market Place

Spring brings in traditional processions, summer brings in concerts and winter brings in Christmas Markets. The Market Square is such a nice place to walk around or stop by for a meal. 

5fingers lookout point

If you want an adrenaline rush and a great way to view Hallstatt, 5fingers is the point for you. 5fingers is built in the form of a hand, with five fingers (hence, the name) that protrude from a sheer rock face.

The point is built about 500 metres from the grand and will give you a stunning view of Hallstatt and Obertraun.

View from 5fingers

One of the fingers has a binocular so you can see into the distance. One of the fingers has a floor made of glass, although it isn’t transparent.

To get to the 5fingers lookout point, there are two cable cars you need to take. If you’re someone who isn’t too fazed by heights, 5fingers is a great place to come to. 


There are so many hiking trails in and around Hallstatt to get you in touch with nature. Wherever you look, you’ll find stunning views.


Whether it is a small hike or one to a higher point, hiking is a great way to look at Hallstatt. Some of the trails include the Panorama trail, The Historic Brine Trail and the Glacier Garden Hike

Restaurants in Hallstatt

Hallstatt, with its gorgeous views, also has some amazing places to eat at. If you’re on a day tour of this town, or even if you’re just taking a walk around, there are plenty of restaurants to have a delicious meal at.

The Rudolfsturm restaurant serves traditional Austrian cuisine including Schnitzel and Apple Strudel.

View of Hallstatt Village

The best part is that your meal will be accompanied by breathtaking views of the mountains. The Marktbeisl Zur Ruth is in the bustling Market Square of Hallstatt.

It is a coffee shop, a go-to for many locals. Whether it’s aromatic coffee or baked goods, this is a place you must eat at. 

When you’re in Austria, there’s just so much to do. Here is a list of things you must consider adding to your list when you’re in this beautiful country.

Visiting Hallstatt - Austria's Magical Town in 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Hallstatt in Austria?

Yes, Hallstatt is located in Austria. 

How many days are enough for Hallstatt?

Since Hallstatt is a tiny town, I’d recommend spending a couple of days here. It may be a small town, but there’s still a lot to do here.

What is the best time to visit Hallstatt?

Hallstatt is one of those places that sees tourists all through the year, but the time between March and May is recommended. 

Is Hallstatt easily accessible?

Yes, Hallstatt is easily accessible from Salzburg by train. You can even drive up here. 


Hallstatt is one of the most picture-perfect towns, with beautiful views and nature all around. There are so many things to do and see here, whether is the baroque architecture or the salt mines and ice caves. Hallstatt is a great place for a day tour, or even for a couple of days on your trip to Austria. 

Are you guys planning to go to Hallstatt any time soon? Have you guys already been? I’d love to know in the comments below. 

Until then, hope you guys have a great day.

Visiting Hallstatt - Austria's Magical Town in 2023

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