— Hallstatt Austria: A Charming Lakeside Village —

Hallstatt Austria is a charming alpine village located between mountains on Lake Hallstatt. It’s about an hour outside of Salzburg.

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria is considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in all of Europe.

Hallstatt Austria

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 (read our review here).  Check current prices for Hotel Grüner Baum.

Hotel Grüner Baum

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!

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria

We rented a boat and cruised around the perimeter of Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) for two hours admiring the village, mountains, and swans!


Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria

Lake Hallstatt

Hallstatt Austria

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)!

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria

Less than 1,000 local residents call Hallstatt Austria home.

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Austria

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!)

Hallstatt Austria

Hallstatt Evangelical Church

 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.

Hallstatt Austria

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!

Hallstatt Austria

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.


  1. janicempei@gmail.com

    Hallstatt was my favourite stop in Austria – we spent almost 2 full days there, and it just was not enough. I would go back in a heartbeat…..it was like a little piece of heaven.

  2. Austria is so gorgeous! I love the photo of the cat 🙂

  3. Gahhh! I can’t believe how beautiful this city is! It would be a delight to visit Hallstatt soon. Keep up the awesome job and hope to bump into you two in one of my travels!

  4. What a stunning place! You are real pros at finding those picturesque places I would love to visit! I’m pinning this page for later when I finally do an Austria tour!

  5. I’m so glad to have read you had an enjoyable trip to Halstatt. It’s been a place I’ve wanted to visit for a while, but I’ve recently read some blog posts that were more negative. The biggest complaints were the town was overrun with tourists. From your experience and (fantastic!) photos, it looks like you picked the right time and were able to avoid a lot of this.

    • Yes, a lot of people don’t like Hallstatt for that very reason. It is a small town, so when people show up by the busload, it can get rather crowded. For this reason, we recommend staying over night at least one night, and that way you can experience the town when all the day-trippers have gone!

      • We stayed in Hallstatt for 3 days this past June. After about 6pm most of the day trippers have left. Those that are left are staying the night. Also If you do spend a night or two and want to photograph the town. Get up early and catch it at first light. I did this two mornings in a row. I had the entire town to myself.

  6. Wow! Looks like a great little lake town. I’ve heard of people rave about that place and now I can’t wait to go. I also love that there aren’t many cars!

  7. Whoa this place is just magical, isn’t it!!! Annnnnddddd another place to visit.

  8. Hallstatt is one of my favorite places in the world. I love the buildings, the colors, the views, the people…. Your post reminded me of why I loved it so much. 🙂

  9. Love, love, LOVE small car-free towns like this! 1000 people, picturesque views, cozy warm atmosphere? Perfect! Hallstatt is now first on our list for places to stop in Austria!

  10. Looks like a lovely place. Never heard of it before but we never really travel to this specific area of Austria. I guess it really helped too that you guys had good weather because I know Austria can be a lot less interesting when it’s pouring and the mountains aren’t visible. I’ll see you soon guys! xx

  11. What’s the people’s job in hallstatt???

  12. We did the salt mine tour here. I remember it to be a scenic place, wonderful location. Lovely pics by you reviving my memory of the place.
    Happy travels!

  13. Alejandro Rivera

    Hi! Me and my wife are going to prague, Budapest, Viena, Salzburg and hallstatt, we booked in The same hotel you stayed! Any recomendations??

    Your website is great! Im following you on Facebook and instagram

    We are from México

    My instagram is ZEKKORIVERA

    • Oooh fun! We’ve been to all of those places! Take a look at http://forgetsomeday.com/travel/czech-republic for posts on Prague and http://forgetsomeday.com/travel/hungary for posts on Budapest. Vienna, we only visited for one day as part of a river cruise and Salzburg we only visited for a day driving through, so we don’t have any content on those two cities. I’m not really sure what you’re into to make exact recommendations, but take a look at our posts and let me know if you have any questions! Though, I do definitely recommend a sunset cruise on the Danube in Budapest… the buildings lit up at night is spectacular! In Hallstatt, rent a boat and get out on the lake. Also, ride the funicular to the salt mine. We didn’t go in the salt mine, as rather it was a starting point for a hike we were doing, but the views from the top are incredible. In Prague, check out some of the beer gardens if you’re into that, visit the castle, and go up the tower in the Old Town Hall. Again, more recommendations can be found in our posts! 🙂 Have fun! Sounds like a great itinerary!

  14. If you are visiting Hallstatt for the day or staying for a few nights.
    You must rent and electric boat and cruise around on the lake. As of June 2018 the rental was 20 Euro for one hour. I have rented boats in much less scenic areas in the US for three times that.

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