10 Best Things to Do in Hallstatt, Austria

Accessibility Nestled in the Alps of Upper Austria, Hallstatt makes a great day trip from Salzburg or a stop between Salzburg and Vienna. You can go by train, bus or a car.

Gorgeous Scenery Hallstatt captivates with fairytale-like charm—pastel-colored houses, cobblestone streets, and the stunning backdrop of the Northern Limestone Alps, making it a perennial attraction for its enchanting views and architectural marvels similar to those of the Catholic Church.

UNESCO World Heritage Site Salzkammergut, with salt mines dating back to the second millennium B.C., earned UNESCO World Heritage status in 1997, attributing the town of Hallstatt's architectural splendor to the prosperity derived from these mines until the mid-20th century.

Hallstatt Salt Mines Hallstatt boasts some of the world's oldest salt mines, with a history spanning over 7,000 years. Visitors can delve into Bronze Age mining and explore Europe's oldest staircase, discovered in 2002, and a subject of extensive scientific research.

Great In Every Season Hallstatt captivates year-round with its ever-changing charm, from snow-capped winters to vibrant springs, colorful autumns, and warm summer days perfect for various outdoor activities.

Winding Streets And Colorful Houses Hallstatt is captivating with its breathtaking Alpine views and charming pastel-colored houses. Wandering its cobblestone streets reveals a town brimming with beauty in every nook and cranny, making it a delightful place to get lost.

Historic Market Square Hallstatt's vibrant Old Town square, a car-free haven, boasts colorful buildings housing souvenir shops, cafés, and restaurants. The square comes alive with events, such as the enchanting Christmas market during the Advent season.

Delightful Cafés Hallstatt’s adorable cafés are ideal for a midday snack, a quick coffee break, or a rest during a long day of sightseeing.

Swans At Lake Hallstatt Lake Hallstatt is graced by beloved swans, introduced in the late 19th century by Empress Elisabeth of Austria and Emperor Franz Joseph I, former owners of a Hallstatt summer retreat.

Basecamp For Central Austria Hallstatt, Austra serves as an excellent base for exploring. Conveniently close to Salzburg and within driving distance of Munich and Vienna, it also allows peaceful visits to lesser-known gems like Saint Gilgen, accessible via the 150 Bus from Hallstatt to Salzburg.