Austria’s Best Kept Secret: How to Visit Hallstatt

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This small town overlooking Lake Hallstatt is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the whole world, due to its picturesque charm and surrounding gloriously mountain range.

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How to Visit Hallstatt

It is not particularly straight forward to arrive at Hallstatt unless travelling by car, which only adds to the allure of the small town as it is often disregarded by travellers given its limited accessibility.

If travelling from Salzburg or Vienna, take the train between the two and get off at Attnang-Puchheim. Then, switch to the train bound for “Bad Ischl and Obertraun”. The Halstatt station is one stop before Obertraun and south of Bad Ischl. Once off the train, take the ferry (it will be there to meet the train) across the lake to Hallstatt. Et viola!

If travelling from Czech Republic, you will first need to make your way to Cesky Krumlov (2.5 hour bus drive from Prague), and then take a shuttle bus direct to Hallstatt (be aware that these run more frequently in the summer and are limited during the low season). Shuttle companies offering the commute include Shuttle Cesky Krumlov and Bean Shuttle (with very similar prices).

Once there, the only way to get around is to walk – which is, of course, the most pleasant way to get around a small town!

What to do in Hallstatt

So now you’re here, you’re probably wondering what there is to do? The main attraction is the picturesque town itself, so be sure to take some holiday snaps as you take the ferry across the lake (it is the best view for photos and not to be missed!)

The main attraction for visitors other than the town itself is to visit the 250 year old salt caves. Tours depart daily.

Another activity is to see the ice caves on the other side of the lake in Dachstein.

How long should you come for?

As Hallstatt is such a small town, visitors really only need 1-2 nights to enjoy it. A great idea is to combine Hallstatt with Vienna and Salzburg to see three of Austria’s highlights!

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Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. Now in it’s third year, World of Wanderlust is home to a collection of the world’s best experiences, destinations, tours, hotels, restaurants, and lifestyle brands.


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