Austria's most beautiful lakeside town
Hallstatt's historical village lines a corner of the lake of the same name. Part of the Hallstatt-Dachstein Salzkammergut UNESCO World Heritage listing, this is a place with some serious history to go along with the outstanding beauty of its surroundings. This small Austrian village has deep roots. It is one of the most beautiful and authentic places to see in the country. Due to the salt mines, this place dates back to the 8th century BC, and salt remains its most valuable resource. Throughout the ages Hallstatt flourished and grew, but thanks to its position, it was mostly protected from foreign armies and wars.
The first road to the village was made in the 19th century, and until then the only way to reach it was with a boat. Therefore, the village is preserved as it has always been, sitting on the shore of a lake beneath a mountain. Beautiful nature, great views, fresh Alpine air, and a rich history make this a perfect day or two-day stop. Some lakeside R&R is the perfect tonic for busy Vienna and Salzburg. Besides renting a rowboat, the most popular activities in the area are visiting the salt mine and taking the cable car up to the World Heritage skywalk.
Where to stay in Hallstatt
As a small village pressed between a mountain and a lake, Hallstatt has little in the way of accommodations. Fortunately, we are well-connected, and can often get rooms in its hotels, including a boutique that has often served as a film set, when not hosting luminaries from empresses to Agatha Christie.
Elegant Boutique Hotel
A beautiful 4-star hotel with an impressive history dating back to 1700.
Elegant and Spacious Suites Offering Lake and Mountain Views
Things to do in Hallstatt
Bordering a lake, mountains, and an ancient mine, Hallstatt offers plenty of opportunities in every direction. With the help of our local staff and guides, we'll make sure you can make the most of its sublime splendor, whether peering down on the lake from an observation deck or sailing on its waters. To best get to know this 7,000-year old village, we recommend a private walking tour. No visit is complete without visiting the salt mine responsible for the town's prosperity, which can only be visited through a group tour.
Hallstatt Salt Mine Group Tour
Hallstatt Private Walking Tour