Discover Lake Hallstatt

Like a fjord flanked by mountain faces

A trip on the lake is definitely one of the nicest ways to discover the beauty of Lake. In the summer months, the shipping company Hemetsberger offers two different routes around the lake. The tour with the "Hallstatt" begins in Hallstatt Lahn and continues via Obertraun - on the other side of the lake – past the romantic castle Grub and on to the centre of Hallstatt. The excursion boat "Goisern" goes along the eastern shores to Untersee and Steeg (Bad Goisern) on the northern tip of Lake Hallstatt. And whoever stands at the stern of one of the excursion boats and looks back at the foaming waves, can stop to think and get an idea of how man has won over the power of water.

By boat, foot or bike

For those who would like to be active, you can rent bicycles, rowing and pedal boats on Lake Hallstatt. This allows you to explore the surroundings on land or water. On the east shore, the dark green shimmering lake is lined by a hiking and bicycle path, wooded mountains and lush meadows. A landscape that can learnt in a particularly impressive way, during a boat trip.

Bathing island & children’s’ playground in Hallstatt

Hallstatt | Bathing island: Recreation for visitors and locals. Equipped with a large children's play area, large sunbathing area and toilet facilities. Perfect for fun family bathing.

» Bathing island & children’s’ playground in Hallstatt

Recreational paradise on Lake Hallstatt

Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt | Strandbad: The family-friendly beach in Obertraun on Lake Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful and best maintained swimming facilities on Lake Hallstatt

» Strandbad Obertraun

© Viertbauer | Baden im Salzkammergut: Strandbad Obertraun am Hallstättersee

Eastern Shore Hiking and Cycling Trail

Bad Goisern/Obertraun/Hallstatt | Eastern Shore Hiking and Cycling Trail: The much-loved trail was adapted in 207, and ever since has become increasingly popular with cyclists.

» Eastern Shore Hiking and Cycling Trail

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.

» Unforgettable holiday experience

© Kraft | Salarius - die neue und traditionelle Schifffahrt am Hallstättersee

Untersee lido in Bad Goisern

Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt/ Untersee lido: The beautifully located lakeside resort, with stunning panoramic views over the fjord-like lake and the Krippenstein, the mountain for excursions and hiking, counts as one of the most beautiful bathing areas in the Salzkammergut.

» Untersee lido in Bad Goisern

© Kraft | Strandbad Untersee in Bad Goisern am Hallstättersee – Baden in der Welterberegion Hallstatt / Dachstein Salzkammergut

Hallstatt recreational area

Hallstatt / Obertraun | recreational area: Large bathing beach on Lake Hallstatt with a large sunbathing area, barbeque areas, snack bar and ample parking. Special feature: Unique panoramic views while swimming!

» Hallstatt recreational area

© Kraft | Baden im Salzkammergut: Freizeitzentrum Hallstatt

Dog bathing area on Lake Hallstatt

Obertraun | Dog bathing area: For all four-legged friends, who want to cool down a bit on hot summer days, there is a dog bathing area at the so-called Landbettler between Hallstatt and Obertraun.

» Dog bathing area on Lake Hallstatt

@ Kraft | Hundebadeplatz am Hallstättersee. Baden im Salzkammergut

Family hiking trail

Hallstatt/Obertraun | East bank trail: along the lake of Hallstatt from Obersee to Obertraun, about 3 hours; around the Hallstätter Lake, about 7 hours! 

» Family hiking trail

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!

» Daily cruises on Lake Hallstatt

(c9 Kraft | Seeschifffahrt Hallsattt

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.

» Boat hire on the lake promenade in Hallstatt

© Kraft | Bootsverleih in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut

Hikers snug “Seeraunzn“

Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt | Insider tip amongst hikers and cyclists. Excellent cuisine with magnificent views. Easy to reach by boat. Dinner is served!

» Hikers snug “Seeraunzn“

© OÖTourismus/Erber | Restaurants & Ausflugslokale in der UNESCO Welterberegion Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut: Seeraunzn am Ostuferwanderweg des Hallstättersees.

How it was way back when...!

The Lake Hallstatt shipping company, which counts as the fourth oldest in Austria and the second oldest in the Salzkammergut, was important for the beginning of tourism in Hallstatt. With the construction of the Crown Prince Rudolf railway in 1877 and the opening of the Hallstatt station in 1881, many people came to Hallstatt by train and ferry. Since its foundation in 1862 until now, fourteen different ships have been used.

Navigation on the Lake of Hallstatt has been in existence since 1862 and the ferry tours from Hallstatt-Markt to the railway station since 1881. The line from Hallstatt-Markt to the railway station is still the only shipping line which navigates on an Austrian lake also in winter. This shipping line, which family Hemetsberger has been owning since autumn 1967, disposes about a fleet of four ships. Throughout the year we are employing five employees and in the summer the staff is increased according to demand. The tour Hallstatt-Obersee-Untersee-Steeg is mainly guided by our female employees and also on all the other lines they are often the captains..

Enjoyment and indulgence

Many are attracted to the lake to go hiking along the shady shores, to dive into the cool water on hot summer days or to go boating on the lake. So why not stop off for a swim or for a bite to eat or coffee and cake at one of the many dining establishments. Whether in the large garden at the "Haus am See" in Obertraun, in the cosy pavement café of the guesthouse "Seerauzn" on the east shore in Untersee (Bad Goisern), or under the chestnut trees at Steegwirt in Bad Goisern - here you can unwind and be spoiled by the many Salzkammergut delights.

Events around Lake Hallstatt

Sport events, traditinell events, romantic boat trips and more. Here you can find the best events around Lake Hallstatt. See in your holiday in Austria.

» Events around Lake Hallstatt

Three discount cards for World Heritage

Do you want your family to experience the best attractions that the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region has to offer? Experience exciting attractions situated between mountains and lakes within the World Heritage region? Experience the best highlights of Hallstatt, Gosau, Bad Goisern or Obertraun? Fantastic fun at a low price await you and your family with three great potential savings: Breathtaking cable car rides, unforgettable cave adventures, perfect bathing fun and countless other recreational activities within the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut await you. Here you will find all information about the Salzkammergut Adventure Card, the magnificent summit ticket and your personal guest card. We look forward to meeting you during a fantastic holiday on Lake Hallstatt and in the Gosau Valley.

Information at a glance

  • Data & Facts Lake Hallstatt:
    Size: 13.5 km²
    Depth: 125 m
    Width: 2.3 km
    Length: 5.9 km
    Towns: Hallstatt, Obertraun, Bad Goisern
    Diving: yes
    Sailing: yes
    Water skiing: no
    Fishing: yes
    Boat cruises: yes
    Rowing: no
    Surfing: yes
    Kajak: yes
  • Transportation Tip: Travel simply and quickly to the UNESCO World Hertiage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut with the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). All aboard . . . !