Nestled between the high mountains of Austria and a beautiful lake, Hallstatt is the ideal destination on a tourist’s European journey. In fact, the natural scenery and architecture of this place make people think of fairy tales and the heart seems to be “surprised” by the dreamlike beauty.
Perhaps that is why this ancient Austrian village is recognized by UNESCO as a World Cultural Heritage. In a romantic place like this, perhaps just walking around to admire, breathe the air is enough fun and romantic. But before becoming a popular tourist destination, Hallstatt was originally a world famous salt mine with salt mines. Up to now, the tour to visit the ancient salt mine is still an interesting and attractive experience of the fairy village.
Best time to visit Hallstatt
The first is in the summer. This is an easy time for you to enjoy a beautiful sunny day but remember that the weather here is very easy to “turn” which can be from sunny to rainy and vice versa quite quickly. But the daylight hours will be longer and that will give you more time to enjoy the local scenery and culture.
Another suitable time of year is in the middle of winter. At this time, you will have the opportunity to see the snow in this ancient town. The scenery with sparkling white snow is truly amazing. But the salt mines and funicular will be closed. The time for you to enjoy the view will also be reduced.
Spring and autumn weather will mainly be windy and rainy.
Explore the village of Hallstatt
You’ll definitely want to start your tour of Hallstatt by wandering along the lakeside promenade that leads into the center of the village. The focal point of the town is the church’s spire, and as you approach it, more narrow streets and alleys appear, just waiting to be explored.
As you walk around town – where there are no cars passing – you can read the history of Hallstatt on the signs that have been erected. Relics found around Hallstatt date back to prehistoric times and it was the salt mines in the area that brought it rich around 12,000 years ago.
The centerpiece of Hallstatt is a square surrounded by brightly painted buildings, where shops sell everything to restaurants and cafes. This is a gathering place for people, an ideal dating spot and a venue for concerts or cultural exchanges during the summer months.
Keep in mind that Hallstatt is really small (just under a kilometer from the end of town), so you don’t have to rush. Take a slow walk and take your time to enjoy the space and the landscape.
Of the two churches in Hallstatt, the Protestant Church with its high spire is perhaps the most photographed, with its location right by the lake making it the focal point for postcard-perfect photos. .
Another beautiful view can be found from the cemetery of the catholic parish church built high above. The cemetery surrounding the church is particularly worth seeing. The graves are decorated with flowers and beautifully decorated crosses in memory of the dead.
Stop for an early lunch at one of the lakeside restaurants
Along Hallstatt’s boardwalk you’ll find a number of restaurants serving delicious meals with stunning views. However, during high season, getting a nice table (or any table) can be a challenge, so try to find a seat before the lunch rush or make a reservation.
Hallstatt Skywalk: A World Heritage View
From above the center of the small town of Hallstatt, there is another lookout point that you should not miss. The Hallstatt Skywalk with World Heritage views is an impressive observatory built about 360 meters higher than Hallstatt. From up here, you can enjoy spectacular views over the entire landscape of Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and part of Mount Dachstein.
From here, you will feel like you are small in front of the majestic nature. And the scene is so peaceful that you just wish you could keep that moment forever. Hallstatt is definitely a place that once you’ve been there you’ll want to come back again and again.