Hallstatt is a picture perfect village in Austria, surrounded by beautiful mountains and a gorgeous lake. Recently, it has become a popular Viennese destination and it has been on my bucket list for a while now. I finally had a chance to visit in October on my recent Eurotrip and it was everything I dreamed of. Below I share with you our itinerary for Hallstatt and Salzburg, as we had time to visit both destinations in one day.
Fall in Hallstatt
I highly recommend visiting Hallstatt offseason. It is so beautiful in the fall, with the golden foliage on the hills and valleys being reflected against the lake. Plus, it is so nice not having to worry about parking spaces being available, not having to wait in long lines and having less strangers photobomb your photos! 🙂
I would say that you should plan on spending at least 4 hours in Hallstatt. I had no idea that there would be so much to do in the quaint village, but the atmosphere there is just so great, you will want to spend a lot of time here!
After parking our car, we headed to the The World Heritage Skywalk. The World Heritage Skywalk is a viewing platform that offers a beautiful panoramic view of Lake Hallstatt and the mountain scenery. A cable car takes you up to the top and you can spend as much time as you would like at the platform. There is also a restaurant at the top if you want to grab coffee, a snack or a warm meal. We spent about half an hour at the top admiring the epic views.
After the viewing platform, we walked down to the village of Hallstatt. The walk to the lookout point that oversees the famous church near the lake takes about 45 minutes. There is a lot of cute shops on the way and of course the beautiful lake! We strolled through the area and stopped at the town square, grabbed coffee and enjoyed the beautiful mountain scenery. It was so lovely! We even saw swans (real and fake!) on the lake and they were so beautiful!
Our final destination was the lookout point that oversees the church tower. It was so pretty!
I absolutely want to come here again and see this village in all of the different seasons!
After Hallstatt, we drove to Salzburg which is only about an hour and half drive. Salzburg is a scenic small Austrian city and Mozart’s birthplace. We arrived at around 2 pm and walked around the city. Our key sightseeing locations included:
- Mozart’s Birthplace
- Getreidegasse: Salzburg’s most famous shopping street
- Salzburg Cathedral
- The Mirabell Palace and Gardens (My favorite!)
We skipped the Hohensalzburg Fortress as our group prefered to walk around the gardens instead and enjoy our time there. The Mirabell Palace and the surrounding gardens were just so peaceful and the perfect place to take a leisurely stroll.
I would say that it is definitely doable to see both Salzburg and Hallstatt in one day. I’m glad that I had the chance to visit Salzburg but I would probably not visit again. Next time, I would spend more time in the quaint village of Hallstatt amongst nature and the mountains. It is my favorite 🙂
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Let me know if you have any questions about our itinerary or my Eurotrip! I am happy to answer any questions and have a ton of good recommendations!