Hallstatt - Village and Lake 8 © Wolfgang Seifert

Visit magical Hallstatt

What to do & see

Visit one of the most beautiful villages of Austria

Hallstatt is a small picturesque town that is considered one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the world. Nestled between the shores of Lake Hallstatt and the steep slopes of the Dachstein massif, the UNESCO World Heritage town offers a host of sights and things to do.

Discover Hallstatt from all sides: from above on the Skywalk observation platform, from the lake on a boat, inside the mountains in the salt mines or stroll through the small alleys of the fairytale town Hallstatt.

Choose from our selection of different tours taking you to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Hop on a bus in Salzburg and explore Hallstatt with our Hallstatt Tour, running daily. Combine a tailored “The Sound of Music” experience with a visit to Hallstatt on our Sound of Music & Hallstatt Tour. Take your time and get to know Hallstatt on a half-day or full-day private tour. Interested in Hallstatt’s surrounding area with its beautiful lakes and picturesque towns as well? The Lake District, Hallstatt & Bad Ischl – Private Full Day Tour is the perfect choice for you.

walking trail at lake hallstatt in summer

10 reasons to visit Hallstatt

There is much to discover and experience, so plan your visit and enjoy the beauty of this enchanting place. These 10 reasons make Hallstatt a unique and unforgettable destination for your vacation in Salzburg:


  1. Natural Beauty:

    Hallstatt is nestled between majestic mountains and the picturesque Lake Hallstatt. The stunning natural scenery is simply breathtaking and provides an impressive backdrop for your visit.

  2. Salt Mines:

    Hallstatt is famous for its salt mines and the Salt Worlds. Visit the underground salt mines and learn about the centuries-old tradition of salt mining.

  3. Photographer's Paradise:

    Hallstatt is a photographer's paradise. The narrow streets, traditional houses, lake and surrounding mountains offer countless photo opportunities. Take unique shots that you will cherish forever.

  4. Boat trip across Lake Hallstatt:

    Explore the idyllic Lake Hallstatt “Hallstättersee” with a boat trip. Enjoy the fresh air, clear waters and magnificent views of the surrounding landscape.

  5. Romantic Atmosphere:

    Hallstatt exudes a romantic atmosphere. The charming alleys, flower decorated balconies and peaceful surroundings make it a perfect destination for couples.

  6. Viewpoints:

    There are several viewpoints around Hallstatt from which you can enjoy breathtaking views of the village, the lake and the surrounding mountains. The views are simply spectacular and well worth exploring.

  7. Outdoor Activities:

    There are numerous outdoor activities to do in and around Hallstatt. Take a trip to the salt mine, ride a bike along the lake, go swimming or take boat tours. There is something for everyone to do.

  8. Traditional Austrian Cuisine:

    Enjoy delicious traditional Austrian cuisine in Hallstatt's restaurants and cafes. Try dishes like Wiener Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn and other local specialties from the region.

  9. Rest and relaxation:

    Hallstatt is a quiet and peaceful place that invites you to relax and unwind. Take time to enjoy the idyllic atmosphere, walk along the lake or sit down in one of the cozy cafes.

  10. Historical Heritage: 

    Hallstatt has a rich history dating back to the Bronze Age. You can explore historical sights such as the Bone House, the Catholic parish church and the old salt mines.


Hallstatt Half-Day Tour - Salzburg to Salzkammergut - Tour 6

Discover the most beautiful sights of Hallstatt!

View tour
Hallstatt im Sommer mit Spiegelung im Hallstätter See, ideal für eine Tour mit Panorama Tours

Hallstatt’s History

Hallstatt has an incredibly rich history reaching back to the Neolithic Age. Numerous archeological finds prove that humans have settled in the area continuously for over 7,500 years. Salt has been mined in Hallstatt since 2,000 BC, leading to an economic Golden Age around 800 BC. One of the oldest black smithies in the world was also excavated in Hallstatt. The period between 800 and 400 BC is even named “Hallstatt Period” for the prosperous center of this age of human history in Europe.

During the middle-ages, Hallstatt lost none of its economic value and was endowed with market rights. Since 1595, a brine pipeline has been transporting the mined salt over 40 kilometers to Ebensee. It is the oldest still active pipeline in the world.

In 1997, Hallstatt and its surrounding area received the status of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Must-see sights

Hallstatt provides an array of different historical sights and must-see spots. There is something for every taste!


World Heritage Skywalk

Enjoy breathtaking views of the alpine panorama, Lake Hallstatt and the town 1,100 ft. (350 m) above its roofs on the World Heritage Skywalk lookout platform. Located on the Salzberg, the Skywalk can be conveniently reached via the Salzbergbahn (funicular) and combined with a visit to the salt mine.


Bone House

The so-called "Bone House" is an ossuary. It is one of the most interesting sights in Hallstatt and definitely worth a visit. In its current form, it is the only one of its kind in the world. The small structure dates back to the 16th century and houses over 600 skulls and bones of deceased Hallstatt locals. Due to the limited space in the local cemetery, remains in graves are exhumed after around 20 to 30 years to free the grave for someone else. The bones and skull are then bleached, decorated and placed in the Bone House.



Even though Hallstatt’s population is less than 800 people, two churches can be found here – a Catholic and a Protestant one. Together with the famous Bone House, the Catholic church is a pilgrimage destination for travellers from all over the world. Evidence of an early Romanesque church in Hallstatt dates back to the early 12th century. The existing Catholic church was finished in 1505.

In 1782, the Edict of Tolerance issued by Emperor Joseph II, granted religious freedom to all Christian denominations. Following this, in 1785 a house of prayer was built for Protestants and in 1863 construction of the existing Protestant church was completed.


World Heritage Museum Hallstatt

Interested in history and archaeology? Hallstatt has the perfect museum for you! Explore over 7,500 years of history and how people in Hallstatt lived and worked through the millennia.


Market square and lakefront

Enjoy a coffee break at one of the cafés at the market square or take a stroll through the alleys and take in the picturesque beauty of Hallstatt. It is not surprising that Hallstatt and its surrounding area was declared a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO in 1997.

Get a unique perspective of Hallstatt by taking out an electric boat on the lake. Boats are available for rent just steps away from the market square.

Hallstatt in summer © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang Seifert
Hallstatt - Observation Deck Skywalk 2 © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang_Seifert
Hallstatt - Bone House 3 © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang Seifert
Hallstatt 6 © Wolfgang Seifert
© Wolfgang Seifert

Tips for your visit to Hallstatt

Avoid the parking chaos with Panorama Tours

Hallstatt is rightfully a very popular destination. The easiest, most convenient and stress-free way to get to Hallstatt from Salzburg is with a tour by Salzburg Panorama Tours. Enjoy the bus ride through beautiful scenery and avoid the parking chaos in Hallstatt!

Get a different view of Hallstatt

Want to see a different perspective of Hallstatt? Rent an electric boat and go on a boat tour on Lake Hallstatt and see the picturesque town from the lake’s surface. If you prefer a bird’s eye perspective make sure to take the funicular up to the Enjoy the breath-taking views of Hallstatt and Lake Hallstatt. (members of our tours get a reduced fare).

FAQs Hallstatt

Hallstatt is most famous for its location – nestled between Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein massif – and its picturesque beauty, making it a veritable fairytale town.

Depending on your plans and interests, you could spend anywhere between two hours and a whole day in Hallstatt. Find your perfect tour from the selection of Salzburg Panorama Tours.

The easiest and most convenient way to get to Hallstatt form Salzburg and avoid parking chaos is with the Hallstatt Tour or one of the private Hallstatt Tours by Salzburg Panorama Tours.

Hallstatt offers many opportunities to take great photos: Anywhere in the town, up on the Skywalk viewing platform, out on the lake in a boat – the options are plenty.

The Bone House in Hallstatt is an ossuary that houses more than 600 skulls from former citizens of Hallstatt. It is located right next to the Catholic church and is definitely worth a visit.

Because of its popularity with tourists, an exact replica of the Austrian town Hallstatt was opened in the southern Chinese province Guangdong in 2012. The construction of the replica cost over 900 million USD.

Hallstatt is a small village in Austria known for its remarkable beauty and historical significance. It is located on the shores of Lake Hallstatt in the Salzkammergut region and has a long history dating back to the Iron Age. One of the most remarkable aspects of Hallstatt is its idyllic location. The village is surrounded by high mountains and offers breathtaking views of the lake. The picturesque alpine landscapes and charming architecture make Hallstatt a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. Visit Hallstatt by booking your Hallstatt Tour now!