Hallstatt is a beautiful lakeside village framed by mountains. Increasingly touristy to the point of being overrun, the next mission to find an equivalent quieter spot elsewhere in the mountains.
Getting here is fairly easy. Upon arrival at Hallstatt station, the train will empty out (follow the crowds) and go down the long, slippery path to the ferry pier.
A boat was already waiting for our arrival. Buy your ticket on board and hop to the open-deck back for lovely views. It is a short ride across the lake to the town.
Despite the fog, the snow-covered landscape was magical. No wonder the passengers were so impressed as we pulled into the pier.
By now, everyone's cameras were getting a good workout. This is only a taste of things to come.
The best way to explore the town is on foot. Hallstatt is not a big town but do take your time to admire the details, browse around the shops, and breathe the fresh air. What I wasn't prepared for were the crowds. For a small town, it gets quite busy.
The lakefront views are indeed beautiful even on a snowy day.
After a walk all the way to Lahn along the lakefront, go back the way you came and head uphill to the Catholic Church and its neighbouring streets for a lovely view of the town and the lake.
Go inside the church for a defrosting break, and admire the simple yet elegant artwork.
Back outside, look for the path that snakes along the hills overlooking the town. This snowstorm was not typical, with very light winds allowing accumulation on the branches.
Satisfied and cold, it was the same return trip back on the boat to the train station. No wonder this place is swarming with tourists!
The Einfach-Raus-Ticket allows unlimited travel on OBB's local and regional trains on the weekend for at least 2 people, making it more economical for a day trip from Salzburg.