Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small town overlooking the Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) in the Salzkammergut, in the federal states Upper Austria of Austria.

Understand

Get in

By train

To get there by train is most scenic indeed. From the main line between Salzburg and Vienna (2-3 trains per hour), get off at Attnang-Puchheim. Take a connecting train from here towards Bad Ischl and Obertraun (trains are sometimes labelled "Stainach-Irdning"). Get off at the Hallstatt station which looks more like a halt in the wood, and find yourself - on the other side of the lake with a gorgeous view on the town. A regular ferry service will meet each arriving train and take you to the town across the lake (price: 2€40 one way). One of the best views of Hallstatt is from this ferry ride across the lake, especially in the morning when the sun is turning the town orange and yellow. Beware the weather: In winter the lake may freeze, hence no boat. In this case, ask at the station or the train conductor.

When leaving, the boat takes you back to the tiny train station, where you may take the train back to Attnang-Puchheim and transfer to your next destination. The boat meets each train leaving the station, and the schedule is posted at the boat dock, or it also is available at tourist information. The tourist information office can provide further information about train schedules since the train station itself is likely unmanned (and it is across the lake). Buy your tickets at the vending machine at the station (but only with cash) or in advance - this is a self-service line and you have to get a ticket before boarding. Arriving at Attnang-Puchheim, check the departures screens for your onward journey. But be prepared, the transfer may be fast, as Attnang-Puchheim is not a big station, and the passing trains will not stop for long.

If you are based in Austria and want to visit Hallstatt in only one day, a cheap option is the Einfach Raus Ticket (€32 for up to 5 persons), allowing unlimited train rides throughout Austria for a whole day (from 9AM to 3AM the next day). Note that you can only take regional trains (R or REX), but fortunately such trains circulate on most lines in Austria. The train from Attnang-Puchheim to Hallstatt is of course a regional train too.

By bus

Budweis-shuttle, ShuttleCeskyKrumlov and CK shuttle Czechshuttle.com, offers a door-to-door transportation service from Český Krumlov to Hallstatt and back for 1,100Kč (€44) per person. The ride takes about three hours.

From Salzburg, there are direct buses to Bad Ischl (10€20), and then you can either take the train+ferry (see above) or another bus.

By taxi or car

A street passes through a tunnel in the mountain above the town. There is underground parking available here.

Get around

See

Hallstatt

Do

Dachstein Ice Cave

Eat

Fish from lake Hallstatt.

The restaurant in Gasthof Zauner has very good local fish on the menu.

Drink

The local Fassbier (tap beer) is from Salzburg: Stiegl. This is available throughout Austria, however. A more interesting regional beer to try is "König Ludwig Dunkel Brau" (King Ludwig Dark Brew) which is not as widely available, although you will find it also in Tirol, to the west. Stop by the local grocery store "Konsum" (technically located in Lahn) to check out the local selection of beers and wines without paying restaurant prices.

Sleep

It seems that almost every family runs a Bed & Breakfast. Find one high on the hill with a good view of the lake and valley. The sight of the lake at dawn is not to be forgotten. Also try Obertraun, directly opposite Hallstatt on the lake, it is easily reached by ferry or train. The village offers good quality accommodation at cheaper rates, try the Obertrauner Hof in the centre with good access to shop, bank, tourist office etc.

Many are listed at . Prices start at €20 with breakfast. Automatic online booking is rare.

Go next

Routes through Hallstatt

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