Sights for day visitors to Hallstatt
Journey of discovery for short-stay guests
Visitors from all over the world are attracted each year to the "most beautiful lake town in the world", as Hallstatt was once dubbed by the researcher and world traveller Alexander von Humboldt in the early 19th century: From the market square in Hallstatt you are just a short walk away from one of the most beautiful photo points in Europe. It is the unique main view of Hallstatt, which delighted tourists capture for everlasting memories; both in summer as well as under a thick blanket of snow. However it is not just this unique photo point that short-stay guests appreciate, but also the romantic alleyways, cosy cafés and the numerous little shops with souvenirs for the folks back home in all corners of the globe.
Place of desire with short distances
The jewel amongst the most popular travel destinations in Austria shines not only with its ancient history but also with its short distances. Whilst one often has to travel far between sights in big cities, in Hallstatt all the top sights are all within walking distance. This makes the place of desire, in the heart of Austria, even more attractive.
Don't read, listen
For all visitors who want to learn more about the historical background, we have assigned the tracks of the Hallstatt Audio theme trail to the individual sights. You can now easily use your smartphone as a guide. Give it a try!
The World Heritage museum of Hallstatt
How did the people of Hallstatt live in the past? How did they earn their crust? The answers to these and other questions will be provided on a journey through time of the extra class in the heart of Hallstatt. Open all year!
The small and romantic Kalvarienberg church
Hallstatt | Kalvarienbergkirche: About 24000 larch timbers were needed to repair the church on the Kalvarienberg which was in danger of collapse.
Hallstatt Charnel House
Hallstatt | With over 1200 skulls (more than 600 of which are painted and sorted by family), this small chapel is one of the most popular locations with visitors to Hallstatt.
Catholic Church of Hallstatt
Hallstatt | Visit the ossuary of the Catholic Church of Hallstatt. Here, skulls and skeletal bones of the deceased are stored - the majority of the skulls are artfully painted and labeled..
Panorama trail Hallstatt
Hallstatt | High Trail “Marienruhe / Salzberg (salt mountain)”: Our secret tip for all day visitors. A 60-minute walk with Aha-guarantee!
Shop & Visitors center in Hallstatt
The flagship store at the cable statiom in Hallstatt offers year-round a wide assortment of souvenirs and salt products such as the natural salt line of the Salinen Austria "Spirit of Salt".
Audio Guide Tour Hallstatt
Do you feel like undertaking a journey of discovery into the heart of the Salzkammergut? Take a journey through 7000 years of the World Heritage region of Hallstatt and experience the village on your own way!
“Skywalk“ of Hallstatt
Hallstatt | Salzberg: Everyone needs a bit of excitement! 350 meters above the rooftops of Hallstatt: The spectacular viewing platform "World Heritage View" on the Salzberg (salt mountain). A must to be experienced!
Unforgettable holiday experience
Take an extraordinary ride on Lake Hallstatt with Navia, and turn back time. On board a Zille, sister to those that transported the “white gold” from Hallstatt’s Salzberg, or Salt Mountain, into the wider world 500 years ago.
Hallstatt Salt Worlds
Hallstatt | Salt mine: On the trail of the "Man in Salt" in the oldest salt mine in the world. Going through tunnels which have been hand dug by people over 3000 years ago. A Family Experience! Salt mine open since 1st of April 2017!
Archaeological excavations in Hallstatt
The sensational findings and centuries-old remains of settlements in the centre of Hallstatt made the "cellar full of history" a real spectator magnet. A must see!
Daily cruises on Lake Hallstatt
Hallstatt | Ship tours: Whether large or small trip – this is where you will find an overview of daily excursions from May through October on Lake Hallstatt. Cast off and Ship Ahoy!
Welcome to Hallstatt’s market square
Hallstatt | Rendezvous market square: The market square is definitely one of the nicest places in Hallstatt. Here visitors will find cosy cafes, restaurants, a popular bar, hotels, and of course souvenirs.
Lake Hallstatt Explorer
Hallstatt | Boat hire on the lake promenade: Experience the lakes around Hallstatt at their best – during a boat trip with friends or the whole family. Enjoy Lake Hallstatt.
Perfect gift ideas from Hallstatt
Hallstatt | Gift ideas: In the center of Hallstatt at the “Markt” pier, you can find unique handmade jewelry as well as Celtic-inspired jewelry from the ancient salt mining village.
Shopping, eating and drinking
The thousands of years old salt mining town enchants all year round. For example, during a cosy and relaxing stroll through the picturesque town centre and along the lake front; and here there is plenty to discover: Small charming shops, which often leave no wishes unfulfilled. From Salt shops to trendy gift shops. Hereby, Hallstatt lives up to its reputation as being a saline town with cosmopolitan flair whatever the season. The varied cuisine contributes to a great extent. Enjoy exquisite fish specialties in the “Gasthof Zauner” on the marketplace, the excellent cuisine of the lakeside hotel "Grüner Baum" or down to earth foods and dishes in the rustic “Bräugasthof”. From multi-course menus and down to earth home cooking to pizza at the Italian or healthy wholefood cuisine – all tastes are catered for in Hallstatt. Discover the taste of the Salzkammergut and enjoy authentic, local cuisine in the World Heritage
Genuine Austrian coffee house flair
If you rather small and quiet, then the cosy coffeehouses are just for you. Whether you choose a traditional "Großer Brauner“ or trendy Latte Macchiato - the numerous cafés leave no wishes unfulfilled. Maybe a piece of cake to go with it? The variety of possibilities between mountain and lake make your day trip to Hallstatt for an unforgettable trip experience.
Enjoy your meal! Our most popular restaurants in Hallstatt at a glance
Restaurant & Bar Zauner in Hallstatt
Hallstatt | Seewirt is the restaurant for fish specialities in the inner Salzkammergut. You will experience convivial tradition and modern gastronomy in a lively atmosphere.
Restaurant in the “Lake side hotel Grüner Baum“
Hallstatt | Enjoy our delicious specialties and freshly-caught fish as well as the restaurant’s modern ambience with an unforgettable view of Lake Hallstatt.
Restaurant "Im Kainz"
Hallstatt | A culinary meeting place for our international guests and gourmets around Lake Hallstatt.
Service & Information for day visitors to Hallstatt
Car Parking in Hallstatt
All information regarding parking in the multi-storey car park P1 (all year) and the car park P2 (summer) for day visitors.
Hallstatt Tourist Office
Informative brochures and catalogues with great offers for any time of the year can be sent to you quickly and at no obligation. We look forward to your call and will be happy to give you advice and further information personally with NEWS from the Dachstein Salzkammergut-region.
Weather & Events
How is the weather in Hallstatt today? Which event can I attend today? Here you will find the perfect mix of weather & events. Everything at a click of a mouse!
You can travel by car or by train to Bad Goisern, Gosau, Hallstatt or Obertraun. Using the information below you will reach your holiday resort quickly and safely.
Enjoy a gentle tour
The winter in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut has many facets - also a very tranquil one. As a nature lover, you can enjoy the snowy winter landscape around Lake Hallstatt and Gosau Valley at its most romantic. Many prepared winter hiking trails invite you to relax, marvel and enjoy the snow-covered landscape. The smooth, soft crunching of the snow, the wintry silence and the magnificent winter scenery all have magical power. Numerous winter trails are even located right on the doorstep of your hosts and together with the thermal spa offerings they make a perfect combination for a great winter vacation around Lake Hallstatt. See you in Austria!
Information at a glance
- On the move with the Postbus
through the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.
Current timetable as a PDF download. (568KB)
- Transportation Tip: Travel simply and quickly to the UNESCO World Hertiage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). All aboard . . . !
- Hallstatt Tourist Office
Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut / Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut
Phone: +43 (0) 5 95095 30
January to April: Mon – Fri 8.30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat. 9.00 - 13.00 hrs / Son & Holidays closed
May to June: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / Sat, Sun & Holidays 9.00 - 15.00 hrs.
July to October: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 18.00 Uhr / 9.00 - 16.00 hrs.
November: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / Sat, Son & Holidays cloased
December: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / 8th, 25th and 26th of December 9.00 - 13.00 hrs