Hallstatt Stunning Austrian Village Lake.
Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful and famous places in Austria. It is located in the Salzkammergut region of the country and is fairly close to Salzburg. The village is small with traditional Austrian architecture and built near the Dachstein mountains on Hallstatter See (Lake). One of the beautiful features of the village is that many of the buildings are built climbing up the mountain which is wonderful to see.
This village is so beautiful in fact that China has created a copy of it in Luoyang, Boluo County. Their design includes similar architecture styles, copying the famous church tower and various other aspects. Although this is sometimes viewed as controversial it has added a nice bump to tourism, as many more people from China now visit Hallstatt in Austria as a result.
When to Visit
Hallstatt is beautiful at every time of year. If you go in the winter you may have snow-covered rooftops and on the mountain, and it may be a bit gloomy which adds a wonderful atmosphere. If you go in the spring it will have that fresh look with flowers and new leaves on the trees, summer will be green and perfect for hiking and going on boat trips, and in the autumn there will be the most incredible colours. So far I have only visited Hallstatt once in the Autumn and it was breathtaking. If you do visit in late autumn (October/November), or into the winter you may find places close earlier and there are fewer places to eat.
How to get to Hallstatt
When I have visited I used Austria’s National Railway service OEBB to get there. I travelled from Vienna and it involved two train changes en-route and took around 3.30-4 hours. When travelling from Salzburg it takes around 2-2.30 hours and you will have one change.
Things to See and Do
Visit Beautiful Viewpoints
There are several great viewpoints to see and capture Hallstatt. The most famous of which is north of the village on the lake and is on an elevated part of the road. Click here to see the location on Google Maps. From this angle, you get those famous postcard shots with the Hallstatt Lutheran Church and other buildings, and with the mountains in the background! If you do visit Hallstatt then this is the one spot you definitely don’t want to miss.
Another good perspective along the lake is from the south near where the Tourist Information Centre is. Often around this area, you may see swans in the lake.
For some high perspectives, you could head up to a parking area at this location where you will get views that overlook the village and the lake. You’ll find several paths and steps leading up to this.
And for the highest view head up the funicular, which takes you up the mountain to a viewing platform at 360 meters. You can even hike up and down to this viewpoint, although it would take you some time. As well as the viewing platform this is the starting location for visiting the Salt Mines, and you will also find Berg restaurant Rudolf sturm which is a restaurant with views over the lake.