One of the prettiest villages in Europe, Hallstatt is pleasantly situated on the edge of Hallstätter See surrounded by the Austrian alps.
It was an absolutely gorgeous weekend weather wise at the end of winter. Clear blue sky, warm in the sunshine and snow on the ground.
On a day such as this, I had to take a trip across the lake. There were such beautiful views back to the old town.
As it was winter, the salt mines that were the origin of Hallstatt weren’t open. So I headed towards Dachstein for the ski slopes. Not for skiing, but for some traditional Austrian food at one of the mountain top restaurants, and for the views.
The view from Dachstein down over the lake and mountains is stunning. From the top, there are a number of ski runs. In the winter its possible to hike to the 5-Fingers if you have snow shoes (about 1 hour return hike)
I love the patterns in the snow when viewed from the cable car.
By the time I got back down from the mountain, and caught the bus back to Hallstatt, the sun was starting to dip below the mountain tops.
The reflections in the lake are beautiful when the sun starts to set, and the last light is hitting the buildings.
Looking back towards Hallstatt Lahn
In the morning, the lake is so still, offering almost perfect reflections, that are disturbed only by the ducks and swans.
I flew into Salzburg, and spent my first night in Salzburg exploring the old town in the morning.
I caught the 150 bus from Salzburg Railway station to Bad Ischl, then the 542 bus to Hallstatt, which was met by the 543 for the final leg into the town (about 2 1/2 to 3 hours).
On the way back, I caught the ferry from Hallstatt across the lake to Hallstatt Bahnhof, then the train back to Salzburg changing at Attnang-Puchheim Bahnhof.
The ferry runs regularly to meet the trains and costs €2.50 each way. If you just want to sightsee and take photos, you can stay on the ferry for the return trip.
Hallstatt is a small, pedestrianised village, so walking is essential. I caught the 543 bus to Dachsteinbahn to get the cable car.