Hallstatt Austria is an absolute fairytale town in real life and happens to also be a UNESCO World Heritage site like its neighboring city, Salzburg Austria. Not only is a bit off the beaten path, but people actually live here (860 people) and it really is a place you can visit!
Hallstatt Austria: 8 Reasons to Visit Soon
I had first heard of Hallstatt Austria through Instagram (weird right? HAHA jk everything I find is through Instagram) and I knew I had to go while I was in Austria. It’s also a 2.5-hour bus, train and boat from Salzburg, Austria—one of my favorite cities in Austria—and therefore, I knew I really had to go!
Upon arriving in Hallstatt, I couldn’t believe my eyes! It was downpouring rain and even then it was magical. It is seriously a fairytale town come true and you have to go!
Here are the 8 Reasons to Visit Soon…
The views are the reason people go to Hallstatt in the first place. In my opinion, this is a great reason to go! I even went while it was raining and got beautiful shots of the town like this.
Tourists are starting to pour in.
Despite being a quaint and fairytale town, it is on the verge of being extremely popular and crowded with tourists. So try and visit before the tourists really start to catch on. Now is the best time to go. 🙂
Cute homes and streets
The streets in Hallstatt are lined with the most fairy-tale like homes that are just too adorable. Spend some time wandering around and trying to peep in the flower boxed windows. Oh, is that just me who peeps into people’s homes? Sorry, I’m a creep, I know.
Don’t forget to watch the swans in the lake! You probably won’t miss them because there were quite a bit when I was there, but the backdrop for photo ops with the swans was incredible. They definitely make Hallstatt more of a fairytale town than it already is. As if this town wasn’t cute enough, they’ve also added swan shaped paddle boats to paddle out into the lake! SERIOUSLY, does it get any cuter?!
Hallstatt is only accessible by boat
That’s right. you seriously cannot get to the town unless you take a boat across! How’s that for secluded and fairytale like?
Visit the adorable cafes
If you go soon, you’ll be able to hit up the cute cafes and shops without too many tourists. Be sure to stop at the darling cafes along the water and main walkways. Eat the famous Austrian apple strudel and also have a cafe and watch the people walking by.
Visit the salt mine (Salz Welten)
If you have time and want a sweet view overlooking the lake and mountains, then head up to the famous Hallstatt salt mine. It’s one of the oldest salt mines in Europe (Hallstatt is over 7,000 years old) and has a slide! The tour will take just about an hour.
Each season is different
You could go to Hallstatt in every single season and it would look surprisingly different. In fact, fall compared to winter and spring compared to summer each has something amazing to offer.
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Hopefully, this post has convinced you to visit Hallstatt Austria soon, before it gets crowded! It truly is a magical fairytale town!
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I love Halstatt! It’s so beautiful and peaceful! Totally agree with all your reasons 🙂
Wow wow wow those photos are absolutely gorgeous and so colorful! And I feel ya, so many things found thru the gram…
I went to Hallstatt last year, and surprisingly there is a way to get there by bus it just takes longer than the ferry boat.
Wow! that’s so awesome to know!
thanks for the reminder about how incredibly beautiful Hallstatt really is. My wife and my favorite spot in Austria, from the lake to the salt mines to the sky tram, it was all Magical! I wonder if they have improved or expanded the lodging offerings since I was there 4 years ago?
It is sooo magical! I know they have Airbnb’s now, but I’m honestly not sure since I just did a day trip. I hope to go back and spend more time though!
I love Hallstatt! But you should correct the fact that we can actually go by cars 😉 It can really be disappointing for people.
I always wanted to go Austria. But due to covid now i am afraid to travel. Is there any restriction for traveller. Your Country is so beutiful.