Hallstatt is the most beautiful lake town I have ever been and I mean it!
Hallstatt is a small town in the Salzkammergut Lake District of Austria. This little town is also a UNESCO heritage site. The stunning breathtaking views of this Austrian town has attracted 1 million tourists every year.
When you arrive at Hallstatt, you would want to walk around the town to get a feel of this beautiful village. Walk along the sea front, admire the impressive scenery, swan ride is available if you want to explore the Lake. As Hallstatt is a small town, travellers can get around easily on foot. However, please be mindful that the some of the locals would prefer a quiet and peaceful life, they do not like to be disturbed. Many locals have put up warning signs at their doorsteps to remind tourists to keep their distance and volume down.
The town is most known for its salt mining business, tourists can visit the world's oldest salt mine and their salt caves. It was quite an experience having to visit the on going salt mine that has more than 7000 years of history. If you have few hours to spare while in Hallstatt, I'd recommend to take the mine salt tour with duration of about 3 hours. First start with the tour, you will need to get change into a mine salt worker, clothings will be provided. Then the informative guide will take the group for a short hike across Hallstatt high valley and visitors will get to try funicular riding up and down the mountain. Mine slides and underground railway are also part of the tour! This is actually a much more exciting tour than the usual ''guide tour''.
Before reaching to the salt mine, you will pass the stunning viewing platform - Hallstatt Skywalk "Welterbeblick". You can get up there following the hiking path from the valley, alternatively taking funicular ride (€16 return) is ideal if you don't want to get too psychical. Sitting at 360 metre above sea level, overlooking Hallstatt valley and the region of Dachstein Salzkammergut, the platform offers a unique breathtaking panorama view to travellers, also provides the perfect spot for taking pictures.
Hallstatt makes a great add on to your Austria trip, I personally highly recommended visiting either for a day trip or an overnight stay (if you want to take your time to enjoy this beautiful town). I visited Hallstatt in the end of the year, I traveled there from Vienna with train service which took about 4 hours from Vienna Wien Hauptbahnhof Station to Hallstatt train station (Bahnhof). Once arrived at Hallstatt, followed by a short 6 mins ferry ride to get across Lake Hallstatt. I really enjoyed the ferry ride as you can get a panorama view of the town, mountains and lake. If you are coming from Salzburg, you will have a shorter train journey of just over two hours and then with ferry ride to arrive town.