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How To See Hallstatt In One Day From Vienna: The Ultimate Guide

Posted on Published: April 20, 2019  - Last updated: March 4, 2024

Categories Austria , Europe , Travel

Hallstatt is hands down a must-visit when you’re in Austria .

The only problem? Hallstatt is a bit hidden away in the Austrian alps making the town quite hard to reach.

Nonetheless, it is still doable to visit Hallstatt in one day from Vienna … and here’s how! This is everything you need to know about how to get to Hallstatt from Vienna and what to do in one day!

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What Is Hallstatt Austria & Why Is It So Famous?

If you’ve ever want to visit a real-life fairy tale town , Hallstatt Austria is the place to go!

Hidden away among the giant Salzkammergut mountains, the quaint Austrian village of Hallstatt is waiting for you!   Its brightly painted buildings sit on the edge of Lake Hallstatt, just bursting with charm and beauty, inviting you to explore this hidden gem of a town. This picture perfect view is what draws in half a million visitors every year !


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Is One Day Enough In Hallstatt Town?

Hallstatt is on the far side (about three to four hours each way), and can be a bit tricky to get to , but with a bit of advanced planning, it’s still doable to see in one day from Vienna ( p.s. use my digital travel planner on Etsy here ! ).

Hallstatt town is also small enough that you can easily hit up all the sights in one afternoon.

By the time we arrived in Hallstatt, we only had half a day in the town but that was still more than enough time to see everything we wanted to and more!


How To Get From Vienna To Hallstatt Austria?

The mountains and lake surrounding Hallstatt make getting there a bit more complicated compared to other Vienna day trips ( see my top five here ). But once you’re taking in the mesmerizing views of Lake Hallstatt, you’ll forget what you went through to get there!

So to get from Vienna to Hallstatt, you have a few travel options : drive, take the train with a ferry, or book a guided tour.   For us, the best option was to rent a car and drive. It was the quickest, and gave us the most freedom to plan our day how we wanted. But the drive itself was exhausting and kind of terrifying!

Continue reading to find out about each option in more detail…


Option 1: Driving From Vienna To Hallstatt

We decided to rent a car (with enterprise) , and drive from Vienna to Hallstatt and back all in one day. It’s a bit over a 3-hour drive (each way!), so needless to say we were absolutely exhausted by the end!

I also mentioned that driving to Hallstatt is a bit terrifying because you’re driving on narrow roads through the mountains.

Driving is also expensive , especially if you need to rent a car and you also have to include parking and gas costs.

But the best part about driving from Vienna to Hallstatt is the freedom . You aren’t attached to any schedule. 

If you’re driving though, you also need to worry about parking and driving in a foreign country…

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Parking In Hallstatt Town

Cars aren’t actually allowed in Hallstatt unless you’re a resident!

So if you decide to drive to Hallstatt, you have to park outside the city. On top of that, there isn’t an abundance of parking (you’re still in the mountains after all!). There are only two paid parking lots outside of town and they can fill up pretty quickly. Find out more information about the parking lots in Hallstatt here .

If all three parking lots are full you can drive to the town across the lake, Obertraun, where there’s free parking. From Obertraun, you can take a paid ferry straight across the lake to Hallstatt (see the ferry schedule here ).

If you take the ferry, be aware of last departure from Hallsatt to Obertraun !

In obertraun looking out across lake hallstatt to the town of hallstatt very small against the large mountain in the background.

Watch Out When Driving In Austria – No Speed Limits

When you’re driving from Vienna to Hallstatt, it’s mainly highway driving, or rather, Autobahn driving .

My partner thought he was on the Autobahn from Germany where there’s no speed limit, but this isn’t the case. Autobahn just means highway in German…  

So while the speed limit is high on the autobahn in Austria, there still is very much a speed limit.

A lot of drivers are going quite fast, so even if you’re driving with the speed of traffic you might be over the limit and not realize how fast you’re actually going!


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Option 2: Taking The Train To Hallstatt From Vienna

Taking the train to Hallstatt from Vienna is more hands-off than driving, so although it’s about the same amount of travel time, you’re now able to sleep on the way.

There isn’t a direct train to Hallstatt either, so it will be a bit more involved than a typical train ride in Austria (for example to Salzburg from Vienna is only one train direct to and from each city).

The closest train station to Hallstatt town is on the opposite side of the lake, so you’ll still have to take a ferry into town .

On top of that, direct trains from Vienna to the Hallstatt train station only runs on weekends. Otherwise, you’ll have to transfer in Salzburg . Because of that, the train can end up taking even longer, ranging between three to five hours!

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But taking the train to Hallstatt from Vienna is is definitely cheaper than driving, and less exhausting. See the schedule for the  train from Vienna to Hallstatt here . 

Here’s more information on taking  the train to Hallstatt from Vienna .


Option 3: Vienna To Hallstatt Day Trip Organized Tour

An organized tour is the easiest way to see Hallstatt in one day from Vienna. Although it may be the easiest, it’s also the least flexible and probably most expensive.

But it’s a completely stress free day trip from Vienna. The organized tour plans everything for you, from transportation to activities!

If you aren’t accustomed to driving or taking the train in a foreign country, I’d recommend this option. 

There are a few on day tours from Vienna to Hallstatt, find one that fits your budget and schedule on Viator here .

Organized Tours To Hallstatt From Vienna

Simplify your travel to Hallstatt by booking an organized tour from Vienna!

This small-group full day tour from Viator takes you to all the main highlights of Hallstatt. So you can enjoy the beauty without all the stress!

For more Hallstatt organized tours, click here .

Homes on the side going up the mountain in Hallstatt austria

Top Things To Do In Hallstatt In One Day

There’s actually quite a bit of things to do in Hallstatt other than just taking in the beauty of the town.


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Get The Picture Perfect View Of Hallstatt Town

Of course, before you do anything in Hallstatt, you have to find the picture perfect view. You’ll want to follow the path all the way to the edge of town.

On Google Maps you can look up Aussichtspunkt Hallstatt , and it’ll take you to the ideal picture spot. 


Try not to look back before reaching your final destination, this way the view will be complete a surprise!

Once you reach the end, turn around to see the reflection of the church and the town on the water. As you’re admiring this amazing view, it’s hard to believe you’re not in a fairytale.

Visit Market Square of Hallstatt

One of the first places you’ll stumble upon in Hallstatt is Market Square where you’ll find restaurants, cafes, hotels, and souvenir shops.  

Similar to any other destination in Hallstatt, it’s all about the photo opportunities. The is quite possibly the cutest square in Europe. Each building is painted a different colour with unique accents.


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Visit The Churches of Hallstatt Austria

Despite its small size, Hallstatt actually has two churches.

The Evangelical Church is in the main part of town and it’s the one you’ll recognize from all the pictures of Hallstatt. 

But the one you won’t want to miss is the Catholic Church at top of the hill. 

Entrance into the church is free, so be sure to venture inside to admire the baroque style and painted wall frescos. They also have the largest ossuary in the world … 

In case you don’t know, an ossuary, or Charnel House, is where old skulls are stored when they had to be dug out of their grave to make room for the newly deceased. We were a bit too squeamish to check it out ourselves, but I’ve only ever heard positive reviews for it!

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Venture To The Top Of The Mountain In Hallstatt

It’s not just the town itself that makes Hallstatt an impressive place to visit, you can also climb to the top of the mountain. At the top, there’s an old salt mine to explore and an incredible panoramic view!

How To Get To The Top Of The Mountain?

If you’re up for the challenge, there’s a path to hike up to the top of the mountain. If you choose to hike up the mountain, you can read this for more information .

But, if you’re not active, like me, you can pay to  take the funicular  that will take you to the top within minutes.

The funicular in hallstatt to the salt mines on top of the mountain

Discover The History of Hallstatt Through A Salt Mine Tour

One of my favourite activities in Hallstatt town is the salt mine. I had never gone inside a mountain before, let alone a salt mine. 

The town of Hallstatt was established long ago to mine the salt deposits in the surrounding mountains. So although it’s no longer a working mine, they now offer sight-seeing tours . 

Plus a ticket to the salt mine includes a cable car ride up and down the mountain. You’ll also be provided with a jumpsuit as part of the tour so you don’t have to worry about dirtying your clothes undeground!

However, I’d recommend a good pair of walking shoes as you do have to walk quite a bit inside. On the tour, you’ll find out about the mining process, slide down the largest wooden slide (in the world), and see the oldest known staircase (in the world).


Walk Out Onto The Skywalk

If travelling inside the depths of a mountain isn’t for you, it’s still worth going to the top of the mountain for the views alone. 

There’s a skywalk you can venture out upon to spy on the town below.

P.S. This private tour from Viator take you from Vienna to Hallstatt and includes a ticket to the salt mines and Skywalk.

hallstatt trip from vienna

Bonus! If Possible Visit Obertraun (Across The Lake!)

If you’re able to, visit the Austrian town Obertraun across Lake Hallstatt. You can either drive there if you have a car, or take the ferry (see the schedule here ).

Since we had a car, we stopped here for lunch on our way to Hallstatt, and we even ended up coming back here for supper because it was a lot cheaper than eating in Hallstatt!

Obertraun isn’t as touristy as Hallstatt, but it still has all the charm of a small Austrian vacation destination. 

But the real perk is that you can see Hallstatt from a new vantage point across the lake! It looks even smaller engulfed by the enourmous mountains!

Sign welcoming you to the town of Obertraun with mountains in the background green trees lining the street

Decided To Stay The Night In Hallstatt Instead? Find A Hotel

I went back to my Airbnb in Vienna, but wouldn’t it be a unique experience to stay the night in Hallstatt? I would have LOVED to stay the night just based off of these incredible hotels I found…

Unbeatable Location : Stay in Marktplatz Hallstatt at I da Mitt bed and breakfast. The rooms scream Austrian charm and overlook the market place. You might even be able to book the room with a balcony! See room rates & availability .

Outdoor Terrace : If the Hallstatt views are what you came for, then book your stay at Historic Lakeview Apartments Hallstatt . It can accommodate up to 6 people and has a fully equipped kitchen. Oh and did I mention the incredible terrace!? See room rates & availability .

Lake Views : If you’re willing to stay just outside the city centre, but still within walking distance, Polreich offers an incredibly relaxing stay. With spa-like designed rooms overlooking Hallstatt lake. See room rates & availability .

For more accommodation options in Hallstatt, click here .

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Thursday 16th of June 2022

I strongly advise against the "scenic" option. Our train was delayed 10 minutes, which meant spending 2 hours in the middle of nowhere with no place open to eat. By the time I got to Hallstatt I had very little time due to the delay. It is not a pretty enough ride to be worth the risk. My day was completely ruined by a 10 minute delay.

Thank you Steve for the updated info on the scenic option - sorry to hear that your trip to Hallstatt didn't work out as planned though :(

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Wednesday 9th of September 2020

[…] my guide for how to get to Hallstatt and what to do once you’re […]

Thursday 31st of October 2019

Enjoyed reading this and the pics are surreal wow!! Vienna looks dreamy

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

Thanks for this guide, I love Vienna and Austria so will have to check Hallstatt out next time I visit!

Hallstatt is a definite must next time you're there! This town is truly out of a fairy tale!

Beautiful pictures! This post brings back some great memories and reminds me it’s time to go back to Hallstatt.

Thanks Amy! Oh I wish I could go back too, such a magical town!

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Day Trip to Hallstatt from Vienna: A Guide to Austria’s Most Beautiful Village

Last Updated on January 24, 2024 by gregor

Vienna, the capital of Austria, is a popular destination for tourists from all over the world. However, many visitors to Vienna often miss out on one of the most beautiful and picturesque villages in Austria: Hallstatt. Located just a few hours away from Vienna, Hallstatt is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is known for its stunning alpine scenery, traditional architecture, and rich history.

If you’re planning a trip to Vienna, we highly recommend taking a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to get to Hallstatt from Vienna, what to see and do while you’re there, and where to eat and stay overnight.

Day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt – See Hallstatt in one Day

How to get to hallstatt from vienna, the easiest way to get to a day trip to hallstatt from vienna is by train . (wien hauptbahnhof).

Taking the train is undoubtedly the most relaxing and efficient way to go from Vienna to Hallstatt.  Multiple trains leave from Vienna Central Station.

The journey takes around 3 hours and 30 minutes and includes a transfer to the city of Attnang-Puchheim. Once you arrive in Hallstatt, the village is a short walk from the train station.

It’s important to book tickets in advance, particularly in Western & Central Europe, if you want to secure a good price and seat. The prices steadily increase the closer you get to departure, and if you wait until a few days before leaving, you’re unlikely to be able to secure a good fare.  Click here to browse train schedules .

Click here to browse the train schedules

You can easily buy it from any ticket vending machine. Just change the language to English, and touch the button top-right which surprisingly displays 

Alternatively, you can take a bus from Vienna to Hallstatt.

Taking the train from Vienna to Hallstatt is the best option, another affordable option for travelers is to take the bus.

Busses leave and arrive in different parts of Vienna & Hallstatt, so you can plan your journey depending on where you’re staying in each city. The journey time is approximately 4.5 hours.  Click here to browse bus schedules for this route .

The bus journey takes around 4 hours and 30 minutes and also includes a transfer to the city of Attnang-Puchheim.

Once you arrive in Hallstatt, you can explore the village on foot and take in the traditional architecture and beautiful mountain views. Some of the must-see sights include the Hallstatt Salt Mines, the Hallstatt Skywalk, the Hallstatt Museum, and the Hallstatt Cemetery.

What to Do in Hallstatt, Austria

Hallstatt is a small village, so you can easily explore it on foot. As you walk around, you’ll be able to admire the traditional Austrian architecture and the stunning alpine scenery. Some of the must-see sights in Hallstatt include:

  • T he Hallstatt Salt Mines :
  • The salt mines in Hallstatt are one of the oldest in the world and have been in operation for over 7,000 years. Visitors can take a tour of the mines and learn about the history of salt production in the area.
  • The Hallstatt Skywalk:
  • The Hallstatt Skywalk is a viewing platform that offers panoramic views of the village and the surrounding mountains. The skywalk is located at the top of the mountain and can be reached by cable car or by foot.
  • The Hallstatt Museum:
  • The Hallstatt Museum is located in the center of the village and is dedicated to the history and culture of Hallstatt. The museum has a collection of artifacts and exhibits that tell the story of the village and its inhabitants.
  • The Hallstatt Cemetery: The Hallstatt Cemetery is located on the hillside above the village and is known for its beautiful views and unique graves. The cemetery is also a popular spot for photography.

A complete Guide to What to do in Hallstatt, please take a look at this Blog Post.


Where to Eat and Stay in Hallstatt

Hallstatt is a small village, so there are only a few options for food and accommodation. However, there are still plenty of great places to eat and stay overnight. Some of our top recommendations include:

  • Gasthof Simony: Gasthof Simony is a traditional Austrian guesthouse that serves delicious local cuisine. The guesthouse also has a terrace with beautiful views of the village and the surrounding mountains.
  • Hotel Hallstatt: Hotel Hallstatt is a modern hotel that offers comfortable rooms and great views of the village and the lake. The hotel also has a restaurant that serves traditional Austrian cuisine.
  • Pension Gosaumühle: Pension Gosaumühle is a family-run guesthouse that offers comfortable rooms and a cozy atmosphere. The guesthouse is located on the outskirts of the village and has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

Hallstatt is a beautiful and picturesque village that is located just a few hours away from Vienna.

This small village offers visitors a chance to experience traditional Austrian culture, stunning alpine scenery, and rich history. A day trip to Hallstatt is a must-do for anyone visiting Vienna, and it’s easy to get to by train or bus. 

So, if you’re planning a trip to Vienna, be sure to include a day trip to Hallstatt in your itinerary. This picturesque village is a hidden gem that will leave you with unforgettable memories and stunning photographs.

Best Time to visit Hallstatt

The best months to visit Hallstatt are April, May, and June. July and August are very busy so you want to avoid the crowds. In winter, the best time is January to March to enjoy the snow.

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Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip: Local’s Guide

Are you looking for a fantastic guide to plan your Vienna to Hallstatt Day Trip? Then I’ve got you covered!

Going on a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt is a great experience. Nestled between the Dachstein Alps and the beautiful Hallstätter See (Lake Hallstatt) you can find the magical mountain village.

Hallstatt is one of Austria’s most captivating destinations. Overcrowded with tourists and hard to reach, a visit to Hallstatt is a pain in the ass to plan.

Luckily for you, I am an Austrian local and I have made the trip many times. To help you plan your journey, I have created this useful guide for you.

In this guide, we’ll explore travel options connecting Vienna to Hallstatt and amazing things to do once you arrive. Whether you’re lured by Hallstatt’s charming streets, the serene lake, or the surrounding natural wonders – let’s create an amazing day trip together.

Hallstatt viewpoint from across the lake

Table of Contents

How to get from vienna to hallstatt for the day trip, train details and costs, why booking a guided trip from vienna to hallstatt, pros of driving, cons of driving, other places to visit on a vienna – hallstatt road trip, hallstatt world heritage museum, hallstatt town square, salzwelten & skywalk, charnel house & st. michael’s church, classic hallstatt viewpoint, is one day enough in hallstatt, preventing over-tourism in hallstatt, what is the best time to visit hallstatt, conclusion: vienna to hallstatt day trip, faq: vienna to hallstatt day trip.

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There are several different options on how to travel from Vienna to Hallstatt.

The train is the most common way to go from Vienna to Hallstatt. It takes about 3 to 4 hours one-way. You’ll need to switch trains, usually in Attnang-Puchheim.

The car is also a great option to go there. Driving time is about 2,5 hours. But parking in Hallstatt can be tricky.

I would not recommend taking the bus . It takes too long and is not very direct.

Lastly, booking a day tour is the best option. There are plenty of day tours available. It is the easiest option, but less flexible.

But let’s have a closer look at the options below.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Train: Convenient and Scenic

Choosing to travel by train from Vienna to Hallstatt has its perks. It offers both convenience and breathtaking views.

Your adventure begins at Vienna’s main train station , Vienna Hauptbahnhof. There you’ll hop on a comfortable, well-equipped train of Austria’s efficient rail network.

Make sure to get a window seat to watch the ever-changing landscapes.

The train ride leads you through charming Austrian towns, rolling hills, and picturesque villages. The journey itself becomes part of your adventure.

– Departure Station in Vienna: Wien Hauptbahnhof (Vienna Main Station) or Wien Westbahnhof (Vienna West Station)

– Arrival Station in Hallstatt:  Hallstatt Bahnhof (Hallstatt Train Station) or Obertraun-Dachsteinhöhlen Bahnhof

– Approximate Travel Time: 3.5 to 4.5 hours, depending on the route and connections, keep in mind that you will likely need to switch trains

– Ticket Costs: Prices vary based on factors like class, time, and discounts. Expect to pay between €30 to €70 for a one-way ticket. Check ticket prices with Trainline.

Important: You need to grab a ferry or shuttle from Hallstatt Bahnhof or Obertraun Bahnhof to the city center.

Guided Day Tours from Vienna to Hallstatt

Author’s choice.

picture of a beautiful house in hallstatt with a view from a hotel room over the lake and the snow

Hallstatt Small-Group Day Trip from Vienna

  • Small Group
  • Pickup Offered
  • Local Guide
  • Bonus Stops

Best Private

beautiful hallstatt hotel on market square

Private Day Tour of Salzburg, Hallstatt and Melk from Vienna

  • Up to 3 People
  • Flexible Itinerary
  • Hotel Pickup

All in all, I prefer booking a guided (private) tour over organizing day trips myself. There are a couple of reasons why.

If you are still on the fence and wondering if a pre-planned tour is worth the money, here are a couple of considerations:

🤍 Zero Stress : No need to worry about train schedules, routes, or parking. Just hop on the tour bus.

🤍 Insider Info : Guides usually know all the cool spots and history. You’ll learn more than going solo.

🤍 Social Vibes : Meet other travelers. Who knows, you might make a new friend or two! Make sure to book a small-group trip for the best experience.

🤍 Time-Saver : Tours are usually well-planned to make the most of your day. No time wasted.

🤍 Safe and Secure : If you’re unfamiliar with the area, a tour can feel safer. Plus, they handle any hiccups.

🤍 Driving : Driving in Austria can be a bit of a hassle, especially in the Alpine environment. Safe yourself the trouble of driving through snow-covered streets.

🤍 No Language Barriers : Guides always speak English. Makes things way easier if you don’t speak (Austrian) German.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Car

Possible Routes from Vienna to Hallstatt by car on a map

If you love the freedom of having your own car, then driving from Vienna to Hallstatt is a great idea. With light traffic, you can make it in about 3 hours. Make sure to get going early to make the most out of your day.

There are a couple of different (paid) parking spots in Hallstatt. You’ll want to aim for P1 since it is the closest to the city center. The other parking lots are also not too far away.

From the parking lot, you can comfortably walk to the town.

Parking is pretty cheap, day tickets are about 15 EUR.

parking spots map of hallstatt

  • Flexibility : Go wherever, whenever.
  • Scenery : The drive is beautiful, especially the last stretch.
  • Quick : Generally faster than public transport.
  • Parking : Hallstatt is tiny. Parking is limited and can get pricey.
  • Stress : Narrow roads in Hallstatt can be stressful to navigate.
  • Cost : Gas and possible tolls add up (most rental cars have the toll “Streckenmaut” included).

A big perk of going with a car to Hallstatt is, that you can also visit other places. The drive is pretty long, so you’ll want to make the most out of your day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt.

Austria is an amazing place for a road trip. There are some other great spots that you can check out on your way:

Dachstein Salzkammergut : For some epic mountain views and the giant ice caves. It’s like a 20-minute drive from Hallstatt and one of my favorite spots in the area.

Bad Ischl : Known for its spas and the Kaiservilla, Emperor Franz Joseph’s summer home. About a 30-min drive. Lots of culture and history to see there.

Gmunden : Beautiful lake town with a cool castle, Schloss Ort, in the middle of the lake. Roughly a 45-min drive. An amazing spot before Christmas – with a lovely Christmas market.

St. Wolfgang : Another charming lake town. It’s about an hour away, and you can also hop on a paddle steamer here.

Salzburg : Mozart’s hometown! Around 1.5 hours by car. It’s filled with history, music, and delicious food.

Gosau Lake (Vorderer Gosausee) : Picture-perfect lake with Dachstein Mountain in the backdrop. Only 20 mins away.

schloss ort castle at christmas

Do you need travel insurance in Hallstatt? Yes, travel insurance in Hallstatt is recommended. Especially in winter, when roads are slippery and winter sports is popular, travel insurance can be important.  EKTA offers world-wide travel insurance  with 24/7 service and no hidden fees or restrictions.

One Day in Hallstatt Itinerary – Things to Do

There are many fun things to do in Hallstatt. One day is not enough to see all of the town, the museums, and the World Heritage View.

For this reason, I have created two example itineraries of what your day trip to Hallstatt from Vienna would look like.

Keep in mind that the itineraries depend on the season of travel. Some of the attractions might have limited opening times in Winter.

hallstatt bucket list with picture of hallstatt in the background

The Hallstatt World Heritage Museum focuses on the area’s rich past. It is located in the center of Hallstatt.

You’ll find ancient artifacts, like from the Iron Age, and learn how salt mining shaped the town.

It’s not just a history lesson, though. The interactive museum has video animations, holographic representations, and 3D presentations to offer.

A great fun for young and old.

Hallstatt’s town square looks like it’s right out of a fairy tale!

It’s called Marktplatz and is located in the heart of the village. In winter, you’ll find the Hallstatt Christmas Market here.

The town square is super cozy, with colorful houses and cute cafes. There’s a church with a tall spire, and sometimes you’ll find musicians playing.

Plus, the lake and mountains are just a stone’s throw away. It’s a great spot for some Insta-worthy pics or just enjoying the vibe.

market square in hallstatt with a christmas tree

Salzwelten (Salt Mines) and Skywalk are my favorite things to do in Hallstatt!

You’ll get access to Hallstatt’s ancient salt mines. It’s one of the oldest in the world!

You ride a funicular up the mountain and then explore the mine’s tunnels. There’s even a wooden slide inside that’s super fun. This might not be available in winter, so check the website carefully.

Also in the ticket included is access to the Skywalk and the World Heritage View.

The Skywalk is a platform with insane views of Hallstatt and the lake. You’ll find a restaurant up there and many great spots for pictures.

the author looking down from the world heritage view

St. Michael’s Church and the Charnel House in Hallstatt are both pretty fascinating and worth a visit.

The church is old and charming, it really fits the whole Hallstatt vibe.

The Charnel House, or “ Beinhaus ,” is kinda unique and not for everyone’s taste. It’s a small building near the church where they’ve stored painted skulls and bones .

It is kinda eerie but also super interesting if you’re into history and traditions. It’s one of those places that makes Hallstatt even more one-of-a-kind for me.

The  Classic Village Viewpoint  is one of the most famous Instagram spots in Hallstatt. It is pretty mandatory to walk by there and get a postcard-ready picture of the city.

One day in Hallstatt can give you a taste of the town , but it’ll be a bit rushed. Coming all the way from Vienna, you won’t have enough time to fully immerse yourself into the scenery.

But in one day you can see the main spots, like the town square and museum there, hop on the funicular to Salzwelten, and stroll by the lake. So it is definitely doable to have a great visit in just one day.

If you’re into soaking up the history and maybe doing hiking or water sports, you might need some more time. So yeah, one day is doable, but a second day would let you really dig in and enjoy it all.

So far, I have gone to Hallstatt many times for just a day and we have totally enjoyed the experience. So while an overnight stay has its perks, I can still recommend a day trip from Hallstatt to Vienna.

the author standing on a lake near a mountain enjoying the view of a scenic little village in austria

Hallstatt has been a victim of its own beauty. For years it has been getting swamped with tourists. Hallstatt is especially famous among Chinese travelers, that arrive en masse.

This had a strain on local resources and changed the village’s peaceful vibe . Locals are getting less and less excited to host the masses of tourists.

And I can definitely understand why. The first time I was there it was packed.

The area is of great cultural and historical significance, so shutting out all tourists is also not a good option. But there are a few things we can all do to make it more pleasant for the locals .

If you want help, maybe visit during the off-season. You should use local services like shops and restaurants instead of just going there for quick photo ops. Don’t litter and don’t be too noisy .

Be a mindful traveler, enjoy the place but also give back to the community. Every little bit helps! 🌍❤️

As you have seen in this post, winter in Hallstatt is simply enchanting. It is my favorite time to go.

The best time to visit Hallstatt really depends on what you’re into. There are definitely pros and cons to every season.

Summer in Hallstatt is gorgeous but crowded. You get sunny days, perfect for lake activities and sitting outside, enjoying the scenery.

Fall is a little less busy and the foliage is amazing. It is a great time to visit, but you might be surprised by some rain.

Winter turns the place into a snowy wonderland, but some attractions might be closed. You get to enjoy seasonal activities, which I totally love.

Spring is a mix of fewer crowds and nice weather – a great time to go.

the author and her husband standing on the world heritage view in hallstatt

To sum it up, visiting Hallstatt from Vienna on a Day Trip can be a bit of a challenge, but it is doable.

My favorite way of going from Vienna to Hallstatt is on a private (or small group) tour. Driving yourself can be quite exhausting, and the trains take a lot of time.

One day in Hallstatt is enough to see all the highlights, like the Skywalk and the World Heritage Museum. But to enjoy the village a little more, you might want to add an extra day to your trip.

Check out my proposed itineraries for a great and authentic travel to Hallstatt. Once you are back in Vienna, check out my guides for spending Summer in Vienna and of course also Winter in Vienna.

If you can’t get enough of Austria, make sure to drive through Styria, Austria.

Refer to All Destinations for more travel ideas.

Yes, you can do a day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt! It’s about a 3-hour drive or train ride each way. You’ll have limited time to explore, but you can still see the main spots like the town square and the lake. It’ll be a long day, but totally doable if you plan well!

Absolutely, Hallstatt is worth a day trip! It’s a stunner of a place with a lake, mountains, and rich history. You’ll be a bit rushed, but you can still hit the highlights. It’s like stepping into a postcard, so if you can manage the travel time, go for it!

You’ve got options! By car, it’s about a 3-hour drive from Vienna to Hallstatt. If you prefer a train, take one from Vienna to Attnang-Puchheim, then switch to a local train to Hallstatt. From the Hallstatt station, a short ferry takes you to the town. Either way, plan for around 3 to 4 hours of travel.

Yes, Hallstatt is worth visiting from Vienna. Hallstatt is a scenic wonder with a lake, mountains, and cool history spots like Salzwelten. It’s about a 3-hour trip from Vienna, so it makes for a long but rewarding day. If you can swing the travel time, it’s a must-see!

Hallstatt is closer to Salzburg. It’s about an hour and a half by car from Salzburg, compared to around 3 hours from Vienna. So if you’re weighing options, Salzburg is the closer pick!


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Discover the small town Hallstatt , one of the most enchanting locations in Austria , with this full-day trip from Vienna. The views will take your breath away!

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We'll pick you up from your hotel in your selected area from where we'll drive off for our exciting day trip. Along the drive, we'll see breathtaking views of the  Salzkammergut mountain district.

3 hours and 30 minutes later, we'll arrive at  Hallstatt , a picturesque town located in the Austrian Alps that will enchant you with its unmistakable charm. There, accompanied by our English-speaking guide, we'll stroll through the cobbled alpine alleyways and streets that have witnessed 700 years of turbulent history . We'll also observe the architectural details of the town's houses and church as we explore.

You'll then have 1 hour 30 minutes of free time to have lunch  and continue exploring the town. Before finishing the tour, we'll enjoy a pleasant boat ride on the lake (only in summer).

Once our day trip has finished, we'll return to Vienna by bus, arriving at the Viena State Opera at 8:15 pm. 

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Hallstatt Day Trip from Vienna

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Our excursion to the Salzkammergut leads from Vienna to Hallstatt A historic town that has been photographed millions of times and once even copied. The place nestles picturesquely between the lake and the mountain and enchants with its narrow streets and unique wooden buildings. On a city walk you will learn everything about Hallstatt's 7000-year history, the mighty salt chambers that brought wealth to the region and the tragedies that took place here. Then, enjoy free time for lunch or a stroll around town to soak up the atmosphere of this tiny town. Finally, you can join a pleasant boat ride on the lake. (only in summer) Afterwards the bus tour takes you back to Vienna.

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  • Bus tour to Salzkammergut
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  • Boat ride across the lake Hallstätter See (only in summer), visit of the ossuary (only in winter)
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  • Guided city walk in Hallstatt
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How to Travel from Vienna to Hallstatt in 2024 (Complete Transport Guide!)

Hallstatt is a top spot on Austria’s map, and it’s well worth a visit. Here’s the most up-to-date information on how to get from Vienna to Hallstatt by bus, train, or car in 2024.

Visiting this village, which is tucked between a lake and mountains, is like jumping into a fairy tale. Hallstatt might be smaller than the capital city of Vienna, but here you’ll find a different kind of experience. 

I’ve visited Hallstatt many times, each visit showing me a new side of this charming place. Whether you’re visiting in the quieter months or during the peak season, Hallstatt has a way of making an impression. 

Based on my experiences and recent travel data, this guide will help you get from Vienna to Hallstatt.

This guide is designed to give you the most current and comprehensive information for your trip from Vienna to Hallstatt. Whether you’re focused on time, scenery, or budget, you’ll find all the options you need here. 

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Vienna to Hallstatt Basics

Hallstatt is located 288 kilometers (179 miles) west of Vienna. 

It can take anywhere from 2.5 to 4 hours to travel from Hallstatt to Vienna depending on traffic, weather conditions, and the type of vehicle you use. 

The average travel time is 3-3.5 hours. The fastest way to get to Hallstatt from Vienna is by car which takes 3 hours on average (without stops). 

Traveling by train, it takes a minimum of 3.5-4 hours to reach Hallstatt.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Train

Traveling from Vienna to Hallstatt by train is the cheapest and the most convenient option, in my opinion. 

The trains are modern with WIFI, bathrooms, and everything you need for a comfy ride. One-way tickets range from 45€ to 75€, varying with the season and booking time. 

Head over to Wien Hauptbahnhof or Wien Meidling in Vienna to start your trip. While there’s no direct train, you’ll make at least one stop, but it’s straightforward. About 15 trains run daily between roughly 10:10 AM and 18:00 PM.

The trip typically lasts between 3.5 to 4.5 hours. Once you get to Hallstatt’s train station, you’re not quite done yet. It’s located on the opposite side of the lake from the village, but a quick ferry ride will get you there. 

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The ferry service is well-timed with train arrivals, departing every 30 minutes. The boat station is a short walk from where the train drops you off, and tickets are 3.5€ one-way – cash only, so be prepared. 

Kids under 4 ride free, and those under 14 get a discount when they’re with an adult.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Car

If you’re the type who likes the freedom of driving, renting a car and heading to Hallstatt is a solid option. The drive is about 3 to 3.5 hours via the A1 and A10 highways. It’s a scenic route, so the drive itself is part of the experience.

Once you arrive, you’ll need to park in one of the designated parking lots outside the village, as Hallstatt is mostly car-free. 

There’s a large parking area just a short 5-minute walk from Hallstatt. Parking rates range from 4.50 Euro for 1 hour to 18 Euro for a full day. 

When you’re ready to head back, just go to the ticket machine to pay. They accept cash, MasterCard, Visa, or Maestro.

Even if you’re staying in a hotel in Hallstatt, you can’t drive directly to it. If you’ve booked accommodation in the center, a shuttle bus will take you and your luggage from the parking area to where you’re staying.

On the drive from Vienna to Hallstatt, there’s plenty to see that’ll make you want to pull over and explore.

As you set off, consider stopping by Melk Abbey, an impressive baroque monastery with stunning views over the Danube.

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Dürnstein is also a lovely spot in the Wachau Valley, known for its wine and the castle ruins where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned.

The entire Wachau Valley is worth a leisurely drive through, with its beautiful vineyards and charming villages.

Gmunden, further along the route by the Traunsee Lake, is known for its ceramics and the picturesque Seeschloss Ort.

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As you get closer to Hallstatt, you’ll pass through Bad Ischl, which is my favorite place on this route.

It’s a town with a rich history, and honestly, there’s much more to do here than in Hallstatt. If you’re hesitating between Hallstatt and Bad Ischl , I’d suggest an overnight stay in Bad Ischl. 

Here, you can enjoy the thermal spas at the Royal Hotel, open till midnight. Don’t forget to explore the Kaiservilla and take a riverside walk. For some late-night fun, there’s a place across from the opera, usually with live music, open till 4 am.

The drive will also take you past stunning lakes like Traunsee and Attersee, each offering beautiful views and a chance to stretch your legs by the water. And if you’re up for a slight detour, the Gosau area provides some of the best views of the Dachstein mountain.

Vienna to Hallstatt by Bus

While there’s no direct bus from Vienna to Hallstatt, you can find bus services that go to Bad Ischl, and from there, you can transfer to a train or another bus to Hallstatt. 

This option might take a bit longer and require more coordination and I would not recommend it.

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Day Trip From Vienna to Hallstatt With Guided Tour

For a stress-free experience, booking a guided tour from Vienna to Hallstatt might be the way to go. 

Several one-day trips take care of all the details for you. “Vienna to Hallstatt and Alps One-Day Tour” is a comprehensive day trip that includes transportation, a guide, and sometimes even meals. 

Another option to see all the highlights of Hallstatt without worrying about logistics is the “Full-Day Hallstatt Tour from Vienna”.

These tours usually include stops along the way and give you enough time to explore Hallstatt. 

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Shuttle Service From Vienna to Hallstatt

Daytrip shuttle service we’ll pick you up and drop you off right where you need to be. Right now, it costs about 67 euros, which isn’t too bad for the convenience.

You can use this service to get from Vienna Airport to Hallstatt too.

Vienna to Hallstatt: Final Thoughts

Hallstatt is an easy trip from Vienna and it’s a must-see if you’re visiting Austria. While you can make it a day trip, I’d recommend staying overnight. 

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The village has a special charm in the evening when the day-trippers have left, and you get to experience the peacefulness of the lake and mountains.

For getting there, the train is the best option, especially with the ferry ride across the lake to cap it off. 

If you’re looking for a more direct route, a shuttle service like Daytrip costs about 67 euros and takes you right to your destination without any fuss. 

And if you’re up for driving, you’ll some of the most beautiful lakes on the way.

No matter how you decide to travel, try to give yourself some time in Hallstatt. If you’ve got tips or experiences from your trip to share, leave a comment to help out other travelers!

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How To Visit Hallstatt From Vienna In One Day

One of the most magical destinations in Austria is without doubt Hallstatt, as you’ve probably already seen from the many wonderful pictures of this place that can be found on the internet!

Going to Hallstatt from Vienna on a day trip might be a bit on the long side. Nevertheless, if you’re prepared to wake up early, you’ll still have a very nice day to explore this quaint little city!

In this post, I’m going to give you the best ways to travel from Vienna to Hallstatt and the best tips to have the most amazing day! Because just like you, I recently decided to visit Hallstatt on a day trip, and I must say that it’s definitely worth taking the time to get there.

So let’s dive into it!

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How to get from Vienna to Hallstatt

There are several options if you want to get from Vienna to Hallstatt. You can drive, go by train, by bus or just take a guided tour that starts in Vienna. The last option is definitely the most hassle-free if you’d like a stress-free day trip.

I personally visited Hallstatt by car as this gives you the most freedom in terms of where you go. Just don’t get discouraged by all the mountain roads you’ll have to pass, because they can make the tour a bit heavier than expected, at least, if you’re getting car sick as I do.

Driving from Vienna to Hallstatt

Driving to Hallstatt from Vienna will take you a bit over 3 hours one way. So preferably, you plan ahead and make sure to leave early enough in the morning!

In the center of Hallstatt, no cars are allowed. Luckily, there are several parking lots outside the city center specially made for tourists coming by car. These are numbered from 1 to 4 (if I’m not mistaken) with parking 1 and 2 being closest to the city and 3 and 4 further away.

If you arrive early, you might be able to park at one of the closest parking lots, at just 5 minutes walking distance. I wasn’t so lucky on my trip and had to park at parking number 3, which is originally meant for buses (but it was a busy day), and walk for about 30 minutes on the side of the road to the city center.

If you don’t like walking, they do provide shuttle buses from parking 3 for €2 single trip. For car parking, you’ll likely pay something between €10 (7-13 hours) and €15 (day ticket), depending on how long you’re planning to stay.

If you’re not sure which parking to take, you’ll definitely come across 1 and 2 first each of them clearly indicating how many free spots there are still left.

Vienna to Hallstatt by train

Taking the train from Vienna to Hallstatt will definitely not be faster than by car. The shortest train ride goes directly from Station Wien Hauptbahnhof to Hallstatt and takes a bit more than 3 hours.

However, the catch here is that the train station of Hallstatt is actually on the opposite side of the lake, which means you’ll still need to take a bus or ferry to go to the city itself. Therefore, you might be faster by car.

In case you won’t be able to catch a direct train, you’ll likely need to switch trains in Attnang-Puchheim, making the total route at least 4 hours. It might even be better to stop at Steeg – Gosau and take a bus from there to Hallstatt instead of going all the way to the opposite side of the lake.

All of this is of course up to you to decide!

Vienna to Hallstatt by bus

The only way to get to Hallstatt from Vienna by bus is by going with an organized tour group. Luckily, several of these organized tours are offered so you have some alternatives to choose from!

These tours will take care of everything related to transportation, plus, some also have excursions included so that you immediately know what to do on your day trip!

I always find good options through GetYourGuide, of which you can find some tour options from Vienna to Hallstatt below!

What to do on your day trip to Hallstatt

Take a boat tour on the lake.

Hallstatt as seen from the boat tour

During my day trip to Hallstatt, I was really doubting taking a boat tour on the lake , as I was on a budget. Now, I definitely don’t regret it!

A round trip will cost you €14 and will take you around the lake, stopping at 3 other places. If you’re coming by train, this is also the ferry you want to take for a one-way trip to the city center (of course, for a cheaper price).

Enjoy your 30 minutes around the lake and don’t forget to take some pictures of those stunning views! As the boat is open on top, you’ll definitely get the chance to do this. If you want, you can also buy additional drinks on the boat.

Enjoy the view from the Skywalk

One of the top attractions, besides the boat tour, is definitely the Skywalk. Using the Salzbergbahn you can get from the village below up to the top more than 300 metres higher.

One ride back and forth to the top will cost an adult about €20. This might seem a lot, but I must say is very comparable to other cable cars in the region. Of course, the fact that Hallstatt is such a popular destination and that the view from above is just amazing, adds to the price!

Alternatively, you can hike your way up to the top, but this won’t be for the faint of heart! Besides the Skywalk, you’ll also find a restaurant on top where you can eat and drink something.

Visit Hallstatt’s Beinhaus

Location of Hallstatt's beinhaus

Hallstatt’s Beinhaus is probably the most peculiar place you’ll find here. This little place, located next to the Pfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt at the graveyard, is a tiny museum full of bones from the ancestors of Hallstatt’s inhabitants.

They used to have a tradition where the skull of the skeleton got painted with symbols that had meaning for that family and of course, the date of death. This lead to a peculiar collection of skulls and bones which you can visit for a small fee of a few euros.

Upon entering, you can take a look at their collection and you’ll receive a sheet of paper with information about this tradition of the people of Hallstatt.

As taking pictures is forbidden inside, I don’t have any to show you so you should go take a look yourself!

Learn about the salt mines

Salzwelten Hallstatt , which is claimed to be the oldest salt mine in the world, can be visited with a guided tour by taking up the same funicular as for the Skywalk.

For a ticket price of €36 (funicular included), you get to visit the mines by going down the same halls the miners used to go up to 7000 years ago! A tour takes about 90 minutes and you better wear proper, warm clothing because it’s barely 8 degrees Celsius underground!

It’s a fun thing to do if you want to see something else than views of the lake and learn a little bit about the history of Hallstatt. It’s especially recommended if you stay more than one day!

Visit Hallstatt’s churches

inside the Protestant Evangelische Pfarrkirche Hallstatt

Hallstatt is home to two wonderful churches. The first one is located in the heart of the city center while the second church is located a bit higher up next to the Beinhaus.

You might be wondering why such a small city like Hallstatt would need 2 churches, but the answer is simple. One of them is a catholic church, the other one is a protestant church.

The Catholic church, Pfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt, is without doubt the most spectacular, not only the inside of the church but also the graveyard around it and the view you’ll get.

This does not mean you should not visit the Protestant Evangelische Pfarrkirche downstairs. As you’ll see, both churches are quite different from each other!

Hike up to Goaßer Bankerl

view of Hallstatt from Goaßer Bankerl

When my boyfriend and I were on our way from parking number 3 to the city center, we came along random stairs that went up the hill. As the road we followed was quite monotonous, we decided to go up the stairs and after a steep climb, we came out at the viewpoint Goaßer Bankerl.

This place gives you a view of the city of Hallstatt from a not so traditional angle as you might be used to from seeing pictures. Going up will take you about 15 minutes, and the view was not at all bad, I must say!

Hike to the Waldbachstrub waterfall

But Hallstatt has a lot more lovely places to go hiking, one of them leading to the Waldbachstrub waterfall. From the center of Hallstatt, it will take you between 1 hour and 1 hour and a half to reach the waterfall.

Along the way, you may also want to make a stop at the Schleierfall, another waterfall close by. During your hike up, you will walk along the Waldbuch river, which will definitely give you some beautiful sights!

For a more detailed guide about hiking to the waterfalls, you might want to take a look at this guide !

Shop some local crafts

shop with local crafts in Hallstatt

Something super fun when wandering around Hallstatt is going into some of the local shops! We passed shops with all kinds of crafts, especially soap. Of course, you’ll likely come across some typical touristic stands, but luckily there are still some real gems to be found in Hallstatt!

Just wander around some of the streets (Hallstatt is only a few streets large so that should be no problem), and you’ll encounter them anyway!

Besides the above tips on what to do during your day trip to Hallstatt, I also wanted to give you some extra tips entirely from my experience of exploring Hallstatt. I’m sure that these tips will help you to have a fabulous day!

First of all, come early ! This is something I already mentioned when driving from Vienna to Hallstatt, but parking fills up quickly so you better arrive early!

Second, I found public toilets up at the Pfarrkirche Mariä Himmelfahrt (just behind it), which are very clean! Make sure to have some coins on hand to pay for it.

Lastly, when it comes to eating in Hallstatt , be aware of the scams. There are a lot of restaurants at the water, but most of them are so touristy that the food is too expensive and the quality is absolutely shitty.

Unfortunately, I cannot recommend any places to eat as we fell into the food scam, but just make sure to do your research on where to eat beforehand so that you know exactly whether the place you’re eating at is of decent quality or not!

Of course, bringing your own lunch will save you a lot of money and will guarantee that you’ll have something nice to eat!

Is Hallstatt worth a day trip?

colourful houses in the city center of Hallstatt

In my opinion, yes!

Hallstatt is a wonderful place to visit, although it might be a bit touristy. Therefore, I would recommend visiting outside of the peak season somewhere in spring or fall.

Definitely either buy your ticket for a boat tour on the lake or for the funicular up the Skywalk, as these will give you the best breathtaking views of Hallstatt and the lake!

If you’re really keen on doing all the activities mentioned in this guide, then you might want to stay the night to explore for more than one day.

Do you want to stay the night in Hallstatt?

I truly hope that you’ve got the information you needed now to make your day trip from Vienna to Hallstatt a true success!

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Hallstatt is one of the oldest and probably most scenic lakeside towns in Austria and Europe. Experience the magic of a town built on a narrow strip of land between the lake and the mountains. A real-life fairytale place of great natural beauty and awestricking scenery that has seen an entire culture spawn in the beginning of the Iron Age, known as the Hallstatt culture. Stroll through the streets of Hallstatt to uncover the market, church, and salt mine. Rejuvenate yourself with the beauty of surroundings and witness the history of the Iron Age. Discover this and much more in a pleasant walk through the mountain enclave of Hallstatt!

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hallstatt trip from vienna

I am a long range planner, so I really don't expect specifics yet, just a general answer for those who've been.

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Markets are open every day, but will close early on Dec. 24 for the Christmas holiday. A few will reopen in the period between Christmas and New Year, but not the best ones. It seems you would have Dec. 21, 22 and 23 to see the markets, essentially.

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