Best Itineraries for Hallstatt:
Suggested Stay: 1-2 Full Days (12-48 Hours)
Important Winter Hours: Ice Cave (late-October until May) & Salt Mine (late-November until early-April) are closed in Winter.
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Since most tourists visit Hallstatt as a day trip from Salzburg or Vienna, prioritizing your trip to maximize time is very important. The biggest challenge isn’t so much deciding what to do, but instead what the best order to do each thing is to streamline your visit. Our suggested 1 day itinerary for Hallstatt assumes you are arriving in the morning and returning in the evening after dinner or continuing on to another city. If you are able to get a an overnight stay up to 2 full days in Hallstatt you will have no problem doing everything at an easy pace.
One Day In Hallstatt:
With just 1 day in Hallstatt, you’ll want to head to the Dachstein Ice Cave (closed in Winter) right away to be efficient with your time. From Salzburg, you can reach the Dachstein Visitor Center as early as 9:12am with public transportation if you leave Salzburg by 5:55am (Getting To Hallstatt). You’ll then take the cable car up the mountain to catch the 1 hour long tour of the Ice Caves followed by one more ride further up cable car to get to the 5 Fingers Lookout. An easy 20 minute Alpine hike leads the way to amazing views from the 5 Fingers Lookout 5,000 feet above the valley below.
After working your way back down cable car to the Dachstein Visitor Center, take bus 543 for 15 minute to the village of Hallstatt. The village’s main bus stop (Hallstatt Lahn) is just South of the city center and by right by the funicular lift you can ride up to Rudolph’s Tower for lunch followed by a 2 hour tour of the Salt Mine (closed in Winter). For the rest of the afternoon stroll the edge of Lake Hallstatt to explore the village including Market Square and a visit to the Bone Chapel. A great way to finish the afternoon into the evening is to do a 1 hour boat rental to relax on the water followed by a lakeside dinner to sample Hallstatt’s local food.
Two Days In Hallstatt:
A 2 day itinerary for Hallstatt really takes a lot of the questions and rush out of your visit as you’ll have plenty of time to see all the best sights. We suggest stretching the morning of day 1 on Dachstein out fully cover the mountain. After touring the Ice Cave and visiting the 5 Fingers Lookout, grab lunch at either the Dachstein Krippenstein Restaurant or the patio of the Krippenstein Alpine Lodge which are both located near the second level of the cable car. It’s not everyday you can have lunch on top of a mountain with views of a glacier. After lunch spend the afternoon either hiking between the other Alpine lodges or around the 3 hour long Heilbronn Cross Loop Trail. In the evening grab a lakeside dinner, but save fully exploring town for day 2.
On your 2nd full day you will be able to fully focus on the attractions located right in town. Start the morning heading up the glass enclosed funicular up Salt Mountain to Rudolph’s Tower Restaurant for breakfast the Skywalk lookout. After eating do take the full 2 hour of the Salt Mine then follow the Salt Brine Trail back down the hill into town. Dating to 1670, it is Europe’s oldest brine pipe and leads you through great wooded paths and past a waterfall with amazing views of town. Arriving back in town, visit the Bone House and do our free walking tour in reverse while stopping for a late lunch in Market Square. In the evening rental an electric, row, or paddle boat and spend some time relaxing on the lake.
Evening lake time on with a boat rental.
Three Days In Hallstatt:
Staying 3 full days in Hallstatt isn’t very common with most tourist, but for those of you looking to do a lot of Alpine hiking without huge crowds to deal with it can be very rewarding. Everything pretty much stays the same the first 48 hours as the 2 day itinerary. On the final day you can visit some of the best hiking in the area which includes the lakes at the nearby village of Gosau. The village is only 22 minutes from Hallstatt by bus making it very easy to get to. Other popular side trips close to Hallstatt where you can get outdoors include the Ewinge Wand hiking & bike trail in Bad Goisern, the rugged landscape of Mount Sarstein which also in Bad Goisern, and the famous lake at Wolfgangsee.
•Day 1: Morning Dachstein Ice Cave Tour and Mammoth Cave Tour. Lunch at Dachstein Krippenstein Restaurant or the patio of the Krippenstein Lodge. Midday visit to 5 Fingers Lookout. Afternoon hiking between Alpine huts or around the Heilbronn Cross Loop Trail.
•Day 2: Morning breakfast at Rudolph’s tower followed by the Salt Mine Tour and Salt Brine Trail Hike. Afternoon Bone House and reverse Old Town Walk with a late lunch in Market Square. Evening rent a boat on the lake.
•Day 3: After breakfast head to Gosau to hike the wooden planked Lockernmoos Trail. Lunch in Gosau. Afternoon exploring the trails around Lake Gosau. Evening lakeside dinner back in Hallstatt.
All day side trip to hiking around Gosau.
All day side trip to hiking around Gosau.
Evening lakeside dinner in Hallstatt.