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Hallstatt, Austria

Arriving via ferry to the amazing Alpine village of Hallstatt you will experience the wonderful scenery of a tiny village sitting between mountains and water views.

From the market, square take your very own photo of one of the most photographed landscapes in the world. Photograph the houses that are built into the mountain side. You can also take a walk on the Echerntal trail and experience landscapes that have inspired mountaineers, explorers, painters and photographers from all over the world.

For a sweet snack visit Maislinger and sit back and enjoy the Strudel with Sweet Cheese!

Most of the day visitors to Hallstatt spend their time shopping or exploring the town and there is no shortage of things to see and do. Of the two churches in Hallstatt, the Evangelical Church is probably the most photographed, with its position right on the lake making it a focal point for photographers, but the 16th Century Pfarrkirche Church is worth seeing. With amazing views out over the lake and beautiful frescoes, the church must be one of the most ideally situated in Austria.

Next door to the Pfarrkirche, the charnel house is a museum with a difference. Due to lack of space in the town’s cemetery, the bones of dearly departed locals are periodically removed from their place in the earth and moved to the charnel house to allow the more recently passed to rest in the cemetery. Row upon row of bones and skulls are arranged, many inscribed with names and dates. It’s a solemn but eerie place to visit.

As you walk around town, you can read the history of Hallstatt on signs that have been erected for this purpose. Audio guides and guided tours of the town are also available if you want to really get to know the history of Hallstatt. 

Relics found around Hallstatt date back to pre-historic times and it was the salt mines in the area that brought it great wealth around 12,000 years ago! When the Habsburgs settled in the region in the 16th Century, it resulted in a real boom and it wasn’t long until the mining capacity of Hallstatt became exhausted.

The lake – with its picture postcard views – is, naturally, the main attraction. Hiring an electric boat was the perfect way to spend an hour and gave us possibly the best views of the town. The more energetic can hire a boat without a motor or swim from one of the numbers of beaches around the lake. Also on offer by the lake are numerous cafes and restaurants, all well patronised, and no wonder. With views like that to enjoy, it is easy to linger longer over your meal.

If you’ve got more time on your hands, the mountains call. The Dachstein Caves, Krippenstein Ice Caves, 5Fingers Viewing Platform and numerous walking trails all make a good day out and are within easy reach of Hallstatt.

How to get to Hallstatt

Hallstatt is about 75 kilometres from Salzburg. With the lake on one side of the village and the mountain on the other, road access into Hallstatt is fairly limited so it’s one-way traffic only through the town. Car parking is available for visitors on the edge of town and shuttle buses transfer guests between the car park and hotels. Driving time from Salzburg is around an hour and a quarter. Alternatively, you can reach Hallstatt by train and boat. The Hallstatt station (on the Bad Ischl line) is on the opposite side of the lake to the town but ferries run regularly between the two (at least one per hour during summer). The journey time by train from Salzburg is approximately an hour with one change required en-route.

Weather in Hallstatt

Hallstatt’s climate is classified as warm and temperate. There is significant rainfall throughout the year in Hallstatt. Even the driest month still has a lot of rainfall. The average annual temperature is 8.1 °C in Hallstatt. In a year, the average rainfall is 1393 mm.

Temp
January -2.5 °C
February -1 °C
Mars 3.5 °C
April 8 °C
May 12 °C
June 16 °C
July 17 °C
August 17 °C
September 13 °C
October 8°C
November 3 °C
December -1 °C

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