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From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

1. From Vienna: Hallstatt and Alpine Peaks with Skywalk Lift

After pickup from your centrally-located Vienna hotel, depart on a day trip to stunning region of Salzkammergut. Stop at 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 and to wander the narrow streets, or hire a boat to explore from the water. On the way back you to Vienna, 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 Salzburg: Guided Salzkammergut and Hallstatt Tour

2. 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: 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.

Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

4. Melk, Hallstatt, and Salzburg Private Tour from Vienna

Depart Vienna and travel to the historic city of Melk in Lower Austria. See the Benedictine abbey that contains the tomb of St. Coloman of Stockerau, along with the remains of several members of the House of Babenberg, the first dynasty of Austria. Go to the top of the abbey to get a great view of Melk and its surrounding gardens. Continue further into the Lake District and drive through the beautiful towns of the Wachau Valley, such as Bad Ischl. Stop in Hallstatt, famous for its salt production dating back to prehistoric times and a cultural heritage that links some of the oldest civilizations of Europe. Move on to the birthplace of Mozart in the beautiful city of Salzburg. Admire the historic Hohensalzburg Fortress atop the Festungsberg, and discover the busy shopping street of Getreidegasse, with the house where Mozart was born at number 9. Return to Vienna or get the option to stay in Salzburg and explore independently.

Private Hallstatt Full-Day Tour

5. 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.

Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

6. Private Tour of Hallstatt from Salzburg

This is a great excursion for anyone who loves incredible scenery and history. After meeting your guide in your hotel (or any other location in the city) escape Salzburg for a private excursion to Hallstatt. Journey along the emerald-green Fuschlsee to the first stop at Castle Fuschl. Travel on to St. Gilgen and take a stunning photo of the beautiful scenery from a great view point. Leaving St. Gilgen and driving along the Wolfgangsee our trip will bring you to Bad Ischl, famous for its spa and the Emperor’s summer palace. Driving through Bad Goisern you will reach one of the highlights of our tour, Hallstatt: the pearl of the Lake District. In Hallstatt you can choose between taking the panorama funicular railway up the mountain and experience the magnificent World Heritage view 360 meters above town, on the Hallstatt sky walk and continuing on to the oldest salt mine in the world. Alternatively you can visit the 5 Fingers viewing platform – this is probably the most spectacular viewing platform in the Alps and reaches out like a hand over the 400m drop. But it is not just the viewing platform it is also the route there that offers plenty of special features. After your adventure in the mountains or the salt mine you will have enough time to discover all the hidden gems as well as the must-sees of Hallstatt, as well as to have lunch in one of the beautiful lake side restaurants (at own expense). On your way home from Hallstatt, the Gosausee with its backdrop of the glistening Dachstein glacier awaits for a short stop. Then, journey on along the Dachstein mountain range through the ski resort of Russbach to Golling and finally your guide will drop you off at your hotel or any other destination in the city of Salzburg.

From Vienna: Melk, Hallstatt and Salzburg Private Tour

7. 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

Hallstatt: Ancient Treasures Exploration Game

8. Hallstatt: Ancient Treasures Exploration Game

Discover Hallstatt, learn its fascinating history, and visit its attractions while you solve clues around town. Each clue will lead you from one place to another by providing you with exact directions so you won't need a map, GPS, or guide. As you solve the problem and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Receive all instructions via email after booking, go to the starting point, and begin the adventure. Play as a group and solve the clues together, or split into smaller teams and compete against the others. The tour will take you about 1.5 hours to complete, but there’s no time limit so feel free to go at your own pace.

Private Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

9. Private Hallstatt Tour from Salzburg

Start your journey travelling through the famous UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Region Salzkammergut (Lake Area) passing many picturesque villages en route until you arrive at Hallstatt the ‘Pearl of the Salzkammergut’. Well-known by its breath-taking beauty, Hallstatt is considered by many visitors as one of the most beautiful lake side villages in the World. Spending about 2 hours in Hallstatt, it is hard to know where to start. You may explore the old town visiting the world-famous Bone House behind the Catholic Church or turn back time at the local museum – since a whole era of mankind was named after Hallstatt, the so called Hallstatt Period (800 BC – 400 BC).  Take a leisurely lakeside walk seeing houses above you cling onto the mountainside, pass by the Mühlbach waterfalls or experience the magnificent “World Heritage View”, 360 meters above town, on the Hallstatt sky walk! Hallstatt is a destination of most unique historical and cultural significance, be sure not to miss this hidden gem.

Hallstatt: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with Photographer

10. Hallstatt: 2-Hour Guided Walking Tour with Photographer

After meeting your local guide, listen to some general information and historical facts about this small Austrian village. Then, walk to the Badeinsel, an artificial island with a spectacular view of the lake and the historic town center. Take incredible photos which will wow your family, friends, and social media followers. Next, hike up the Salzberg Trail to the Mühlbach Wasserfall until you reach the historic center of the town. Take look at the Bone House of Hallstatt and learn about the unique burial traditions of this region. End the tour by taking in the iconic postcard views of the waterfront and city. During the whole tour, your guide will take complimentary pictures which will be edited and uploaded into a private Dropbox folder on the same day the tour takes place.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 40 reviews

We were lead by the wonderful & youthful looking Sophia but don't let the youthful appearance deceive you, she is very well educated, very well-versed in her Austrian History despite moving there from Ukraine a year ago, is extremely passionate about the city & was able to repeat what she was saying to the Russian contingent amongst the group. Not only is Sophia insightful & knowledgeable with regards to her Austrian history, she provides a unique version in her own quirky sense of humour which I found incredibly endearing & able to relate to and understand better. I appreciated being notified about how much time there was before the next stop because it is a long journey. The journey is broken up into segments, so you are never more than 2 hours at a time on the bus. The only downside was the rain throughout the day but I doubt even Sophia & Travel7 could conjour up a solution for that! It did dampen our clothes but Sophia's humour did not dampen our spirits "Mr Good Team Player"

Wow! We only had four days in Vienna and decided to dedicate a full day to this trip - best decision ever. We were very fortunate to have great weather. Hallstatt is truly beautiful and the views from the Skywalk breathtaking. The bus drive was super and did not feel long at all. It is a stunning scenic route with strategic stops for refreshments and photo opportunities, and our tour guide Dasha shared very interesting facts about the history of Vienna and Hallstatt (and everything in between). Thank you to Dasha and our bus driver for a truly memorable trip. Highly recommended!

It was an awesome day, not too hectic. We had an amazing Guide who updated us a lot about destinations, history, and everything around. It was a well planned and comfortable tour. I also found a good friend during this trip.

Halstatt was very Beautiful, definitely worth visiting. We lost time as pick up delayed due to traffic , as I understand which was sad. Dasha was our guide, very informative and friendly.

Been a really good well-organised trip! We left Vienna a bit late but we still visited all that was planned in the itinerary. Dasha had been such an amazing guide!