About Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut

Welcome to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut Site.

If you are interested in Hallstatt and the Region in which it lies – the Salzkammergut of Austria – you’ve landed in the right place. I’ll try to cover everything you might find interesting about Hallstatt, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, including information not commonly found in tourist guides or on web sites.

Here you’ll find interesting information on the cultural and historical contexts in which Hallstatt, as the world’s oldest, still functioning salt mining town exists, starting with Bronze Age salt mines, Hallstatt Cultures, Celts and Romans.

I’ll also try to bring Hallstatts more immediate history to life, say the last 1000 years or so. It’s full of dynasties and people whose influence on the region still can be observed on any given day.

Of course you’ll also find backgrounds on current events and traditions.

But Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut of Austria are as inseparable as the front and the back of your hand, and they always have been. To properly appreciate one, you have to understand the other. For that reason I’ll also blog about places and landscapes of the Salzkammergut and its dominating mountain range, the Dachstein Massif.

If you are interested in legends and and urban myths, I’ll add those, too, from time to time, because these are among the things that give Hallstatt meaning and depth. Legends are often stories of real events disguised under layers of mythology. Urban legends, on the other hands, are false stories of events, people and traditions that never happened or never were, but they have been repeated so often that they are believed to be real. Hallstatt has a few of those, too. But legends, urban or otherwise, help distinguish the Region as one of the most fascinating places in the world.

The purpose of this site is to provide relevant and interesting information about Hallstatt, Austria, the Salzkammergut and the Dachstein Region, and to convey a sense of place about the town and the landscape.

My purpose is not to promote more tourism to Hallstatt, Hallstatt already gets about 800,000 visitors per year, and I for one don’t think it needs any more. But I would like to help foster better informed and more aware visitors who are not only interested in Hallstatt’s picturesque setting, but also in its cultural and historical attributes, from past to present, and tourists who have an appreciation of the place they visit.

I believe such tourists tend to be more sensitive to local and regional issues, and they are generally more respectful of the people and places they encounter along the way.

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  1. fava says:


    I will be leaving from West Wien to hallstatt on 9 May. I am trying to book the train online via the OBB web for trains to Hallstatt. Many people commented that it is best to go from Wien West station to Hallstatt.


    From the above web, I can search the below time schedule for the train to Hallstatt (with one change in Attnang Puchheim Bahnhof). However, I cannot book the ticket online.

    On the other hand, when I tried to book the train via the following link at EUR19 or 29, it seems that I need to change train for more than 2 times and I cannot locate the above train schedule in the online booking. Would you please kindly advise how can I reserve the train ticket for changing at Attnang Puchheim Bahnhof (only 1 change from Wien to Hallstatt) online? Thank you so much !

    • Roland says:

      The link you sent me didn’t work, but I looked up the schedule for May 3 and I see a train from Vienna to Hallstatt at 8:25 am. The fare for that train is EUR 19 and you need to change twice. I assume this is the train you were looking at. At the very left side of the schedule is a sort of arrow pointing to the right. When you click on that arrow you get a drop down menu that shows you where to change trains, etc.

      I hope that helps. I can’t help you with online booking problems.

  2. Sandhya says:

    Hi. Me n my daughter will be coming to Hallstatt on 24th sept from Vienna by morning train. We have booked Pension Hallberg and a free shuttle service to the hotel is available.
    I would like to know if the ferry is close to Hallstatt station – how far is it? We have 2 big suitcases since we are traveling international and may be some hand luggage. Is it walkable distance – if not, can we get a taxi?
    Any idea where the Pension will pick us up? I will be sending them a mail as well. Thanks.

    • Roland says:

      There are actually two Hallstatt stations – the official one, where the train drops you off and picks you up, and the one where the ferry picks you up and drops you off. There is a short flight of stairs from the train station to the ferry landing, not long, not difficult, certainly no more difficult than anything you’ve managed so far at airports and train stations, and probably quite a bit less. But you may have to carry your suitcases. Also, a taxi wouldn’t help you there, but perhaps you’ll find a friendly hand from a fellow passenger. Across the lake the ferry drops you off and as you said, the Pension shuttle will pick you up. So from there you are probably home free.

  3. Doka says:

    Dear Rolland,

    Thanks for your great info. I would like to ask the best way from Vienna to Hallstatt is via Attnang-Puchheim?

    How far it is from Attnang-Puchheim train station to the ferry station? Is it possible to go by walking?

    Thanks for your advice 🙂

  4. Fatima says:

    Hi ,Ich will ein oder zwei Naechte in Hallstatt bleiben.ich suche nach einem zimmer oder bet .gibt es ?Kein hotel,nur Hostels or private wohnung mit den netten leute!LG

  5. Mitch says:

    Thanks Roland for the great info on Hallstatt.

    One bit of info that people may want to know. If the boat was originally included in the price of the train, it no longer is now. A return costs 4.80 Euros.

    • Roland says:

      Thanks for the info. I hope that you are somehow mistaken – that’s about the price of the entire trip from Hallstatt to Bad Ischl, i.e. Ferry + Train. I’ll get a chance to confirm it in a month or so when I go that way again. In the mean time: heads up.

    • Roland says:

      I couldn’t believe your report, so I checked the ÖBB Travel Portal. It appears you are right. The ferry icon is grayed out, meaning the ferry is not included in the price of the train ticket – neither coming nor going. I wonder what happened, is the ferry no longer part of ÖBB? I’ll follow up when I visit the area in September.

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