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From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

1. From Salzburg: Half-Day Tour to Hallstatt

Embark on a half-day scenic tour through the Salzkammergut to Hallstatt. See the town of Hallstatt on a guided tour and explore at your own pace after. Admire the Mullbach waterfall and the Bone House. Start the trip from Salzburg with a drive through the famous Salzkammergut en route to Hallstatt, known as the Pearl of the Salzkammergut. The route will take you through a number of charming villages, as you listen to an introduction to Hallstatt and the Salzkammergut. If you wish to do the Hallstatt Skywalk, please make your own arrangements and also considering an hour timewise from your 2.5 hours stay in Hallstatt.   On arrival in Hallstatt, enjoy 2.5 hours of free time to take in the sights. Take a leisurely walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling onto the mountainside. Pass by the Mullbach waterfall and visit the local museum. A must-see attraction is the Bone House behind the Catholic church, which will give you an interesting view into local family life (admission not included). You’ll then begin the return journey via Abtenau and Russbach to Gosau, where you’ll see the Gosau Lake and admire the views of the Dachtsein mountains.

Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

2. Vienna: Hallstatt & Alpine Peaks Day Trip with Skywalk Lift

Explore the stunning region of Salzkammergut, a Unesco World Heritage Site on a guided tour. See the snow-white castle, the beautiful alpine regions, towns like Hallstatt, Traunkirchen, and more. Enjoy a convenient pickup directly from your centrally-located Vienna hotel or opt to head to a central meeting point if you're staying at a hotel outside of the pickup area or in other accommodation like an apartment. Board your bus and depart to the stunning region of Salzkammergut. Your first stop is the Schloss Ort, a snow-white castle where countless couples dream of celebrating their weddings. Take the opportunity to snap some photos on its famous wooden bridge. Continue to the heart of the Salzkammergut region, the fabulous town of Hallstatt, set on the shores of an azure-blue lake. Ascend to the Skywalk to enjoy breathtaking views over the town, lake, and mountains. You will have some free time for lunch, to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water at your own expense. On the way back to Vienna (in the summertime), make a stop at the charming resort town of Traunkirchen, located on the bank of the deepest lake in Austria. Admire the unforgettable natural landscape from this lovely place, before continuing to Vienna where your tour will end at the Vienna State Opera.

From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

3. From Vienna: Full Day Trip to Hallstatt and Salzkammergut

Depart Vienna and journey by bus into the Austrian Alps to explore the Unesco World Heritage Site of Salzkammergut, famous for its scenic lakes, limestone mountains and historic castles. Continue to the beautiful village of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See and learn more about the development of the village and its salt production industry, dating back to prehistoric times.  Next, climb aboard a boat and cruise across the tranquil waters of the Hallstätter See (only in the summer). Get some free time to explore the village on your own before making your way back to Vienna.

From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

4. From Vienna: Panoramic Austrian Alps Tour to Hallstatt

Discover the beauty of the Austrian Alps on this guided tour from Vienna to the Admont Abbey, the village of Hallstatt, and the town of Gmunden. See stunning frescos on the ceiling of the grand library at the Abbey and take a guided walking tour of Hallstatt. Depart Vienna and travel along a panoramic road through the heart of the Austrian Alps. Visit one of the oldest monasteries in Austria at Admont Abbey on the banks of the Enns River, and marvel at the Baroque architecture of the building which is famous for its vast monastic library. Take a guided walk through the village of Hallstatt and learn about its remarkable history. Explore the culture of the region as you admire stunning views of mountains rising from narrow valleys. Continue to the town of Gmunden which is popular as a health resort. Get a stunning view of the 11th-century castle of Schloss Ort in the middle of Traunsee lake. Soak up the peaceful atmosphere of the town that has been known for its traditional crafts since the 17th century. Purchase souvenirs before the drive back to Vienna.

From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

5. From Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a half-day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Take a scenic drive past Lake Fuschl with insightful commentary from your guide on board. Enjoy free time in Hallstatt to explore at your own pace. Depart from Salzburg and traverse Austria's lake district in an air-conditioned bus. Pass Lake Fuschl and stop for photos of St. Gilgen, Lake Wolfgang, and the surrounding mountains of the Salzkammergut. Afterward, continue your trip along Lake Wolfgang and soak up the views of this UNESCO World Heritage landscape. Enjoy insightful commentary about the region from your onboard guide. Pass through a number of charming villages on your drive to Hallstatt. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, have 2.5 hours of free time to explore this fairytale city and its surroundings. You can visit the ossuary or “bone-house”, and see the 1000 painted human skulls inside. Opt for a funicular ride to the entrance of the world’s oldest salt mine and enjoy the breathtaking views from an observation platform. Walk along the lake and marvel at how the houses above you seem to cling to the mountainside. After your free time, board the bus for your return journey. This time, pass through the Rußbach valley and the towns of Gosau and Abtenau which are famous for their stunning views of the Dachstein mountain range.

From Vienna: Hallstatt Guided Day Tour

6. From Vienna: Hallstatt Guided Day Tour

Hop on the van and start an incredible journey through some of Austria's most picturesque places. Cross Lower and Upper Austria until you reach the wonderful Lake Region. Before getting to Hallstatt, make several stops in the Salzkammergut (Lake Region), well known for the celebrated film "The Sound of Music". Discover different places of the area and experience the uniqueness of St. Gilgen, the tiny village that counts among its attractions with the birth house of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s mother. Once in Hallstatt, feel like you are in a movie set: a blue water lake, Alpine mountains, narrow streets, old historical buildings, charming homes and cafés. Meet your local expert tour guide upon arrival and enjoy an informative guided walking tour covering the most remarkable landmarks of the town. Discover hidden secrets of Hallstatt on your own in your free time after the sightseeing tour. At the end of your visit to the Alpine village, simply relax, sit back and enjoy the worry-free transfer in the minivan back to Vienna. The trip concludes with a drop off at your hotel or private apartment.

From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, Lake Wolfgang, & Hallstatt Tour

7. From Vienna: Melk, Salzburg, Lake Wolfgang, & Hallstatt Tour

Embark on a fascinating day trip from Vienna to some unique Austrian landmarks. Explore the historic Melk Abbey, the charming town of Salzburg, the scenic Lake Wolfgang, and the picturesque Hallstatt. Customize your itinerary depending on your needs and interests. Melk Abbey Be introduced to the history of Benedictine Abbey. Overlooking the town of Melk and the Danube River, the impressive baroque-style Abbey is home to the famous Melk Abbey library and contains the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau as well as the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg. During the visit, you can also explore the Abbey church and the garden pavilion. After approximately 1 hour visit of Melk, your journey continues through the Austrian countryside towards Salzburg. Salzburg Move on to the city of Salzburg. Upon arrival, independently explore the beautiful Mirabell Palace Gardens which was used as a filming location for popular "Sound of Music" movie, Mozart Museum, the UNESCO protected Old Town, and catch a spectacular view of the city from the Hohensalzburg fortress. Surrounded by mountains, Salzburg is well known as the birthplace of Mozart and the architecture is heavily inspired by Italian designs. Continue with a scenic drive through the Salzburg Lake District to Hallstatt. Lake Wolfgang The road to Hallstatt offers some spectacular panoramic views of the lakes within Salzkammergut region. We will offer you a photo break opportunity at Lake Wolfgang at the town of Sankt Gilgen. You are welcome to ask the driver for any other short stops along this route, so you can capture the picturesque scenery of Austrian lakes. Hallstatt Hallstatt is located directly on Hallstattersee. Hallstatt is known as one of the most photographed villages in Europe. Stroll along the Promenade into the colorful town center with numerous small shops, cafes and restaurants. In order to make your visit to Hallstatt more memorable, you have the opportunity to visit the Skydeck directly above the town as well as the Salt Mines for more scenic photo opportunities. In the late afternoon, drive back through the beautiful Austrian countryside to your accommodation in Vienna.

From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

8. From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

Following pick-up from your hotel in Vienna, sit back and relax in the comfort of a luxury vehicle as you make your way to the city of Melk. Visit the Benedictine abbey located on a rocky outcrop with spectacular views of the Danube River. See the tomb of Saint Coloman of Stockerau and go to the top of the abbey to get panoramic views of Melk. Drive past pretty lakes and scenic towns such as Bad Ischl. Stop at the beautiful town of Hallstatt on the Hallstätter See, and learn more about its historic salt production. Visit a subterranean salt lake to see the mummy of a prehistoric miner preserved in salt! Next, visit the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in the city of Salzburg. Explore the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Old Town, and discover where the legendary movie "The Sound of Music" was filmed. Return to Vienna and get dropped off at your hotel at the end of a memorable day

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

9. Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

With a professional local guide and a luxury private vehicle, you will be sure to save time and get the maximum out of a full-day private sightseeing tour to Hallstatt. Starting at 10 AM. Make yourself comfortable in your luxury touring vehicle and enjoy the lovely countryside of Salzburg on the way to the first stop, the charming village of Ebenau. After a short ride, you will arrive at Schloss Fuschl which is an old Prinz archbishop hunting lodge located at the picturesque Fuschlsee (Lake Fuschl). Take a few shots of the Castle and the emerald green lake as its backdrop. Your journey will take you to St Gilgen and the Wolfgangsee (Lake Wolfgang). The village of St Gilgen was used in the world-famous movie The Sound of Music and was the birthplace of Mozart's mother. Your journey will take you along the Wolfgangsee to Bad Ischl, where the Kaiser (Emperor) Villa is located. Once you arrive at Hallstatt, your professional local guide will point out all of the must-sees in Hallstatt, including a gorgeous photo place, Charnel House (Bone House), Hallstatt Museum, Hallstatt Waterfall "Waldbachstrub," the Sky View Platform, Hallstatt's local residence area, and more. Following an 8-hour exploration of Hallstatt and the lake district, your drive will return you to Salzburg via Gosau, Abtenau, and Golling, where your private tour will end with a drop-off at your Salzburg city hotel or anywhere else in the city of Salzburg.

From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

10. From Salzburg: Private Tour of Hallstatt

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in Salzburg (or any other location in the city on request), and meet your private driver/guide for an excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the shores of the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the Schloss Fuschl (Fuschl Castle), and then continue to St. Gilgen to take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Depart St. Gilgen and drive along the shores of Wolfgangsee lake en route to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the imperial summer palace. Next, make your way through picturesque Bad Goisern to reach one of the highlights of the tour at the stunning town of Hallstatt, considered the pearl of Austria's Lake District. Upon arrival in Hallstatt, your guide will point out all the hidden gems and must-see sights. You will have 2.5 hours to explore the town, allowing plenty of time for lunch in one of the lakeside restaurants (own expense). Leave Hallstatt and make your way back to Salzburg via the Gosausee lake, where a backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits you for a short stop. Travel through the Dachstein mountain range, passing the ski resort area from Russbach to Golling before drop off at your hotel or any location of your choice in Salzburg. 

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What people are saying about Hallstatt

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My husband and I really enjoyed this excursion. It was well-organized and we had plenty of time to explore Hallstatt (we decided not to do the overlook, instead opting to walk to the far end of the town away from the hustle and bustle to explore). Also, most importantly, Leo was an amazing tour guide. He helped make the trip fun and memorable. Thank you, Leo & team for a great activity!

Johann was an excellent tour guide and driver for our day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna. It was a long drive but well worth it with the amazing views and multiple stops on the way. We had a very informative walking tour with a local guide when we arrived and plenty of free time to explore the village. Well worth it.

Hallstatt was like something out of a picture book! We went on Christmas Day, a little busy but still had a chance to do everything. The trip is long lots of hours on the bus so just be ready for that. Sofia was our guide and she was great! Lots of stories on the way and very helpful. I’ll definitely be going back!

Absolutely loved this tour. Mitch was a fantastic guide , informative and funny , wonderful Information, on Reflection wish we had time to do the salt caves, oh well, next time we will do that. Great day out , highly recommend.

I had an excellent experience. The guide was enthusiastic and very helpful, you can tell she loves Hallstatt. We had plenty of time to walk around and take pictures. The bus was comfortable.