Hallstatt Austria is a charming alpine village located between mountains on Lake Hallstatt. It’s about an hour outside of Salzburg.
Hallstatt Austria is considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in all of Europe.
Many visitors just stop by for a few hours as part of a day trip, but we wanted more than just a few hours to explore this charming mountainside retreat. We ended up booking a night at Hotel Grüner Baum! (Click here to read more about our stay at this fine hotel.)
We were blessed with incredible weather (including a brief afternoon shower) during our summertime visit. Since we lucked out, we figured a great way to take in the beauty of the village and its surrounding area would be to get out on the lake!
We rented a boat and cruised around the perimeter of Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) for two hours admiring the village, mountains, and swans!
Once back on shore, we walked from one end of the village to the other. The stroll only takes about an hour round-trip (unless, of course, you stop to take pictures and peruse the shops)!
Less than 1,000 local residents call Hallstatt Austria home.
We very much enjoyed the time we spent wandering the village streets and cruising the calm waters of the lake. And for yet another perspective of this quaint alpine town, we headed for the rooftops! (Click here to see Hallstatt from another vantage point!)
The Hallstatt Evangelical Church sits in the village center. It was originally built as a house of prayer in 1785 and rebuilt in 1863 as the church you now see today.
With its charming buildings, cafes, and fountains, the village center is one of the most popular photography spots in Hallstatt. Our hotel was located in the village center, allowing us to walk right out the front door into this adorable square!
Getting to Hallstatt: The village is virtually car-free. As a result, there are multiple ways to get into the center of town…
By Train: In between Salzburg and Vienna is the Attnang-Puchheim station. From here, take the train toward Bad Ischl and Obertraun. The Hallstatt stop is south of Bad Ischl and one stop north of Obertraun. The Hallstatt ‘station’ is literally a boat dock next to the train tracks. Here a ferry will meet every arriving train and take visitors to the town across the lake for a small fee.
By Bus: Several companies run bus/shuttle service between Hallstatt and Salzburg, Linz and Český Krumlov.
Private Transfer: There are several companies that can get you there from many of the major nearby cities. We can personally recommend CK Shuttle, which offers private and small group car and van transfers to and from Hallstatt from Prague and Cesky Krumlov.
By Car: Guests arriving by car will need to park in one of three parking lots outside of the village. Guests with rooms booked in the village centre should head to parking area P1. A shuttle bus will transport you and your luggage to and from the hotel and your car can remain in the lot for the duration of your stay.
Watch a quick video of our trip to Hallstatt below!
We felt fortunate to visit Hallstatt yet again just a year later during a Hiking Holiday through the Salzkammergut region.