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  • FLnurseER
    Boca Raton, Florida5,621 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crowded
    Our tour bus stopped here for 3 hours on Saturday afternoon so we could sightsee. The main street was absolutely packed with tourists taking pictures of anything and everything because the town is so photogenic. There are many souvenirs shops, restaurants and food stands along the main street, few benches, always full. I noticed-that the sun lights up the town until about 3:30 pm, then the water and its houses loose their sparkle.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 18, 2023
  • Sharon M
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly magical place with breathtaking views!
    An absolutely stunning location, every bit as breathtaking as the famous photos suggest. It's very easy to get here from Salzburg on public transport (150 bus to Bad Ischl that drops you at the train station, then a train to Hallstatt - total journey time about 2.5 to 3 hours but wonderful scenery the whole way!) Yes, this place is very busy, although we got here earlier in the day so possibly avoided most of the organised coach trips. Not much to do in terms of entertainment, but it's all about that jaw-dropping scenery and taking it all in! A truly magical place, even with the crowds! I will never forget it!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 3, 2024
  • Ivana Z
    Czech Republic272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Two shots of happy, one shot of sad
    After so many years of driving around the old town, I finally made it to the center. True, as a spare program on a gloomy rainy day, but I did not regret it. Beauty alternated with splendor... Even in winter, but without a crowd of tourists, with the possibility to walk and see in peace everything that is possible and what one desires, to see a partially truly living and breathing-free town. In the summer season, everything will certainly be more colorful, full of different shades of blue and green and other diverse colors of blooming flowers, but you will be sure to move in the crowd.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled with friends
    Written March 10, 2024
  • Avidesh
    Oxford, United Kingdom614 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Surreal
    This town is too beautiful/storybook like that it feels surreal. It is here I questioned whether Austria is more beautiful than Switzerland! The shops, the village, streets, lake view, and few waterfalls make the place absolutely spectacular.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written April 20, 2024
  • Ling
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia814 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Picturesque village town
    Oh so beautiful and picturesque and at the same time very touristy. Visited Hallstatt on a daytrip from Vienna (about 3 hour drive one way). It’s a small town near the lake surrounded by the Austrian Alps and there is literally no bad angle, every corner is a postcard worthy photo shot. If you venture up the stairs, you’ll find amazing aerial views of the village. As with every touristy place, prices here are generally higher and there’s no free toilets.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written May 8, 2024
  • Tony B
    Canton, Massachusetts20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth an overnight or two
    Had high expectations for Hallstatt, and it was all that and more. Don’t think words or pictures can capture its essence. The only way is to go there to get that. While a bus tour in will give you a taste, and driving there gives you some more hours there, can keep you too much on a schedule. If you have the time, would strongly suggest arriving by boat (Stefanie) and spending a night or two there. You”ll be glad you did. You could feel the sense of excitement as we disembarked from the train, and after short, downhill walk, boarded the boat. It’s about 8 to 10 min boat ride, and the closer you got, the better appreciation you had for this tiny piece of land wedged between the lake and mountains. If not an option, renting electric boat for lake might come close. At nights party town it’s not. Finished both my nights lakeside with some like-minded souls. Put away the watches and phones. The quiet, the peacefulness - time stood still, or at least we all swear it did.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written July 7, 2024
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,384 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We arrived at Hallstatt around 8.30 and parked up in the car park near the funicular and then walked 10 minutes into the town. Hallstatt is a cliched Austrian lakeside village - wooden gingerbread style houses, ornate balconies overflowing with petunias, cedarwood shingle roofs, a beautifully calm lake and stunning mountains all around. It goes without saying it was litter and graffiti free and even though a large proportion of Austrians smoke, there were almost no cigarette butts on the ground.
Written August 7, 2020
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MoonaMuslim
739 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
Tourists from all over the world are in Hallstatt. A copy of the idyllic, small town was made in China. There is a reason.
The houses are picturesquely situated on the mountains, the little alleys and streets dreamy and winding and the wonderful, deep blue and clear lake lies at the foot of the city.

The beautiful old town is small. You can take a leisurely stroll and admire the centuries-old buildings. The historic center with the market square and many small, colorful shops, restaurants and cafes is particularly beautiful.
Stroll and dine on the waterfront, swim in the beautiful water in summer. Rent a boat across the lake or take the ferry, and watch Hallstatt from the other side of the lake. You can have a great view of Hallstatt from the small streets, but also from the opposite bank (especially in the early morning when the sun shines on Hallstatt from behind).

A very clear recommendation for the Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding area. Much more than just a day trip.
BUT!!! Come early in the morning with the car. There are only some parking spaces. And a lot of tourists. If too late, you have to take a parking space some kilometers away from Hallstatt
Written September 29, 2020
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Namita K
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I had a mixed experience in this town. It was overcrowded with tourists yet the town was not equipped to handle the volume of tourists with its infrastructure. Schedule of buses can be tricky, and not that frequent during the day, so one needs to carefully allocate their time and look out for bus schedules. Also, Google map does not show transfer of buses at certain points, and that can be tricky as well.
If you have limited amount of time, avoid the salt mine tour. It was time consuming, expensive, and kinda boring.
Some local people can be racist and rude. One of the bus drivers was talking to tourists very condescendingly when they got confused with their bus schedule. He was also talking to other local people in his language saying something about tourists, and they were all just giggling, which did not seem nice and welcoming. When I had to get off the bus at my station, and asked him to stop since I could not reach the stop button, he condescendingly used expression with his hand and told me that I should press Stop button, and the other local passenger laughed with him. His behavior was rude and ruined my experience at this town.
I have always liked the natural beauty of Austria, and people in other parts have been nice to me. This town however may not be that welcoming to tourists. It is overrated for sure!
Written July 13, 2023
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Marsonia
Osijek, Croatia77 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Pleasant village, beautifull lake and a lovely walk, but have not met the expectations as "the most beautifull village in Europe". However, it is amazing how much efford they make to keep the village preserved.

But, it was simply too touristly, with high prices. The best is actually the lake itself with mountains all around it and the village in the distance.

An iconic view of the village is currently kind of spoiled with a construction crane in the middle of the village (on the other hand, it is nice to see that it is a living village, not a Disneyland) - we visited on 23.5.2022, the crane might be gone by the time you visit.

If you are coming from Graz by car, ignore the navigation which gives you the shortest route - the road is a bit tricky at times - but the nature is beautifull all around.

You must park at one of the three dedicated parkings and take a walk to the village.
Written June 7, 2022
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FLnurseER
Boca Raton, FL5,621 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Our tour bus stopped here for 3 hours on Saturday afternoon so we could sightsee. The main street was absolutely packed with tourists taking pictures of anything and everything because the town is so photogenic. There are many souvenirs shops, restaurants and food stands along the main street, few benches, always full. I noticed-that the sun lights up the town until about 3:30 pm, then the water and its houses loose their sparkle.
Written September 18, 2023
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Tommo
Melbourne, Australia55,731 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Hallstatt is one of the most beautiful towns I have ever seen.

Its a beautiful lakeside town with a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Its existence is the result of a rich salt deposit in the mountain of Hallstatt. The salt mine is still in existence and one can visit.

There are various ways of reaching Hallstatt including by train then ferry or by several buses. As there was maintenance on the train tracks when we visited we used buses only. The very scenic 150 from Salzburg then the rail replacement bus.

The town is preserved and has so many pretty and historic buildings, restaurants, bars, and shops.

This place should be on everybodys bucketlist.
Written November 5, 2022
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must_travel_soon_10
Mississauga, Canada1,808 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
This small town jutting out into the lake is very beautiful, especially from a distance. The town itself is very touristy and nothing special. The churches are very attractive and worth enjoying their courtyards. Arrive early or later to avoid guided tour crowds.
Written November 18, 2021
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Sharon M
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
An absolutely stunning location, every bit as breathtaking as the famous photos suggest.

It's very easy to get here from Salzburg on public transport (150 bus to Bad Ischl that drops you at the train station, then a train to Hallstatt - total journey time about 2.5 to 3 hours but wonderful scenery the whole way!)

Yes, this place is very busy, although we got here earlier in the day so possibly avoided most of the organised coach trips. Not much to do in terms of entertainment, but it's all about that jaw-dropping scenery and taking it all in!

A truly magical place, even with the crowds! I will never forget it!
Written January 3, 2024
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Nina S
Poole, UK27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Hallstatt is a stunning place, but it has become so touristy we won't be back for a long time.
It's incomparable to when we first visited 6-7 years ago when there were hardly any tourists.
It's devastating to see people leaving rubbish everywhere and not respecting the local people who live there.
It's a shame to see this tiny and very charming place overloaded with coaches full of tourists arriving every few minutes and local people having to resort to putting signs everywhere to remind people that 'Hallstatt is not a museum'!
Written February 25, 2020
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Tony B
Canton, MA20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Had high expectations for Hallstatt, and it was all that and more. Don’t think words or pictures can capture its essence. The only way is to go there to get that.
While a bus tour in will give you a taste, and driving there gives you some more hours there, can keep you too much on a schedule. If you have the time, would strongly suggest arriving by boat (Stefanie) and spending a night or two there. You”ll be glad you did.
You could feel the sense of excitement as we disembarked from the train, and after short, downhill walk, boarded the boat. It’s about 8 to 10 min boat ride, and the closer you got, the better appreciation you had for this tiny piece of land wedged between the lake and mountains. If not an option, renting electric boat for lake might come close.
At nights party town it’s not. Finished both my nights lakeside with some like-minded souls. Put away the watches and phones. The quiet, the peacefulness - time stood still, or at least we all swear it did.
Written July 7, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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