Hallstatt is more than just a pretty town. It’s actually considered to be the oldest still-inhabited village in Europe, dating all the way back to the Iron Age. In fact, the early Iron Age culture from 800 to 400 BC is known as the Hallstatt culture.
Hallstatt – which means “place of salt” – is home to the world’s first salt mine. Sandwiched between a lake and mountains, this perfect little town easily became a favourite tourist destination as well as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
While its unparalleled beauty is enough to stun you, here are some of the best things to see and do in Hallstatt.
Walk Around Hallstatt
Adorned by pastel-coloured houses overlooking the tranquil Lake Hallstatt, the area is extremely beautiful. Walk around the area, talk to the locals, visit the market area, or just explore some adorable cafés there. Hallstatt is one of those unique and beautiful towns, that you will surely fall in love with!
Enjoy the Pristine Beauty of Lake Hallstatt
Located in Upper Austria, Lake Hallstatt is one of the best places to visit in Hallstatt. Surrounded by mountain peaks, the clear Alpine waters of Lake Hallstatt just beg you to get out on the water. Even just a 30-minute glide across the lake can make you feel rejuvenated.
The Market Square is located in the city centre of Hallstatt and is one of major attractions there. The Market Square has a statue of the Holy Trinity and is surrounded by beautiful buildings. You can find restaurants, cafes, hotels, a bar and a range of souvenir shops here. Also, you might be able to experience different events which usually continue to happen throughout the year i.e. Corpus Christi procession, concerts, Christmas market, and so on.
Dachstein Ice Cave
Located at the Stone Mountain, Ice Cave in Hallstatt provides you with the opportunity to explore frozen waterfalls, ice formations, and rocky caverns. Even in the dead of Summer, you’ll want a jacket during the chilly and entertaining 1-hour tour of the cave. Your local guide will cover the history of the cave, the key features, and many interesting details on how the enchanting ice formations are naturally created.
This church was built in the year 1711 and was donated to the town by a childless married couple of court secretaries. It is located on the Kalvarienberg, which is a nearby mountain with an impressive view of Hallstatt, its lake and surroundings. This is undoubtedly one of the best free things to do in hallstatt.
Hallstatt Salt Mine
Believed to be the oldest salt mine in the world, the Salt Mine in Hallstatt makes it possible for you to experience history of mining and other interesting details. There are some clues which tell us that the Hallstat Salt Mine was already active in the 15th century, making it the oldest in the world. You will be seeing the thrilling minner’s ride, and an underground lake apart from traveling by a miners’ train. Being the perfect activity for visitors of all ages, the salt mine shows you how salt is broken into brine and sent to the surrounding villages by pipes.
See over Austria to Slovenia at Dachstein Skywalk
The Hallstatt Skywalk is the best way to experience breathtaking views of the Hallstatt-Dachstein-Salzkammergut region. If you are lucky, you will be able to see Austria to Czech Republic. You will find a glass-made viewing platform here which takes pride in being part of Austria’s highest suspension bridge.
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