As I mentioned in my Salzburg post, there are a few day trips you can take from there. My brother and I chose to visit Hallstatt as I had seen the pictures on Instagram and was dying to visit. Hallstatt was an unreal fairy tale and we were lucky to visit on a day with perfect blue skies, truly enhancing its beauty.
How to get there:
It is very easy to get here on your own, with a few different travel options. We caught the bus, but you can opt for the train and ferry option. It does take 3 hours to travel here, but the views are beautiful the whole time! For me, it was half the fun.
By bus: The bus was far cheaper than getting the train and drops you right in the centre of the town instead of over the lake (which you have to catch a ferry across) if you opt for the train option.
The bus was number 150 from Salzburg Main Station which gets you to Bad Ischl in 90 minutes. After about a 10-20 minute layover in Bad Ischl you get bus number 542, after about 10 minutes you swap buses again but there is one waiting right there, which will take you directly to Hallstatt. This cost 28€ return.
How long will I need here?
You can choose to stay in Hallstatt over night, but there are way less accommodation options than in Salzburg.
We walked around the whole town within 2 hours so if you are only interested in seeing Hallstatt I would suggest just going for the day as that way you don’t have to worry about your luggage.
If you love to hike, or are travelling for a long time, Hallstatt could be a nice place to chill out for a few days. But if you like excitement and action during your holidays, just visit for the day.
Is it worth the journey?
Most definitely! Hallstatt was by far one of the most beautiful, quaint towns I have ever laid my eyes on. It was a true Austrian dream visiting.
What to do:
- Rent a boat- You can rent a boat and paddle out onto the lake. This is the best way to get excellent photos looking back onto the traditional Austrian houses as well!
- Walk- Walk from one end of town, through the middle and back again! Walk through the streets and get lost in the magic of Hallstatt. It really felt like you were in a fairy tale.
- Ice-cream- Like everywhere in Austria, the ice-cream was delicious. I purchased my ice-cream from a vendor along the lake.