Hallstatt is what I would call picture perfect. The village is situated on the edge of a lake and is surrounded by mountains. When we arrived it was also snowing! It felt like we were in a postcard. There is not much to do here but gawk at the beauty that surrounds you. We stayed in Hallstatt for one night before heading to Vienna. You can also do Hallstatt in a day trip from Salzburg but we didn’t want to be rushed.
How to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg:
The best way to get to Hallstatt is by a bus, train and then ferry. Although you do have to go on a few different modes of transport it’s not as tricky as it sounds & its worthwhile for the beautiful scenery.
- Catch bus 150 from Salzburg to Bad Ischl. The bus goes often (hourly) and takes around 2 hours. The ride costs €10.60 and you must pay in cash. The bus terminal in Salzburg is outside the doors of the main train station in the far left corner of square, Südtiroler Platz. Try sit on the left side of the bus to get the best views of the beautiful lakes – Fuschl and Wolfgangsee.
- Catch the train in Bad Ischl to Hallstatt train station. The train journey is about half an hour and costs €4.30. The bus station is right in front of train station. Sit on the right side of the train to get the best views.
- Catch the ferry Stefanie from the Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt. You buy the ticket on board and it costs €2.50.
Where to Stay:
We stayed at the Heritage Hotel. I would highly recommend staying here. Great location right on the lake and just a few meters from the ferry. We had the most beautiful view from our window.
Where to Eat:
We had our favourite traditional meal of the trip in Hallstatt at Hotel Gruner Baum. I had the Pork Schnitzel and surprise surprise more strudel! The strangest thing was that you could smoke inside the restaurant.
What to do:
There isn’t too much to do in Hallstatt apart from walk around the village, but it is the most beautiful village that I have ever seen!