Hallstatt is so beautiful that the Chinese people built an exact replica of the city in the suburbs of Huizhou. How awesome is that?
This little Austrian gem has been on my travel list for a long time. Since it is not very accessible if you travel to Austria by plane, I only had the chance to visit it during my roadtrip through Europe. The city is located near Salzburg, at one hour drive from this famous ski resort.
Since it has only around 1000 residents, the city is quite small and it can be visited in one day. I actually had around 5 hours to visit it because a storm was about to come. Don’t you just hate it when weather ruins your travel plans?
The perfect way to see the city and its surrounding is to take the funicular to the Salt Mine and admire the view from the awesome glass platform. I actually didn’t enter the salt mine because the storm was about to come and I wanted to see the rest of the city but I heard that it is worth the visit.
If you google Hallstatt and look at the images you will see that almost all the photos are made from the same point. That place is called Aussichtspunkt Hallstatt. If you want to get that picture perfect, this is the place to be.
Another awesome spot for pics is the Catholic parish church. From here, you will have an awesome view over the city and the lake. Also, if you are here, you can visit the Ossuary which is basically a room filled with bones. Because the town is so small and it is surrounded either by high mountains or by water, there was not much place for cemeteries in the past. Therefore, the option was to put all the bones in one place, one above the other.
You can also take one of the boat rides around the lake and enjoy the awesome mountains that are surrounding the city. If you don’t have enough time to do this then just skip this activity. Visiting the city is much more impressive than a boat ride.
Maybe the best way to get to know Hallstatt is to emerge in the heart of the city and walk its narrow streets. You will find many shops with handcrafted items where you will be tempted to spend half of your money (at least I was).
P.S: If you are on a budget, my advice would be to bring food with you. Eating in Hallstatt can be pretty expensive. For a meal for one, you will spend at least 20 euros. A few sandwiches will do the trick.
May the travel bug bite you!