Based on Rick's comments about Hallstatt and how he loves it there,we took a trip to Hallstatt from Vienna. We splurged and used a private taxi service to take us door to door.

We were there earlier this month (October).We've travelled many times to Europe at this time since the crowds are less. I don't know when the last time Rick was actually in Hallstatt but we were shocked beyond words to find busloads of tourists being dropped off at the entrance to the town. So much so that you couldn't even move on the street that goes along the lake.Apparently, the crowds of buses are like that all year around now.

Good thing we chose a place to stay that wasn't built on the side of the hills. There didn't seem to be any way to get up there other than to climb. Our guesthouse was a lovely 20 minute walk into town.

From there we used CK Shuttle (based on reviews here) to get to Chesky Krumlov and then again used them to get to Prague.

Posted by Ken
Vernon, Canada
22585 posts


Your experience in Hallstatt isn't surprising as that trend seems to be happening at a lot of popular tourist sites now. Hallstatt in particular is so popular in China that they've built a replica of it. Another popular area is the Cinque Terre in Italy, which is a popular side trip with not only cruise ship groups but also groups from other European countries.

It's a bit surprising that the tourist crowd was so high in October, but I doubt this is going to get any better.

Posted by Paul
NYC area
1899 posts

Wow. That's interesting. Our only visit to Hallstatt was in mid October 2007. Sunny, mild day and it was dead. Hardly a person, besides us. Hallstatt just isn't big enough to absorb that many people. Not to worry, Austria has plenty of other cute villages with outstanding scenery that RS doesn't write about.

Posted by eschroeck
Bloomfield, MI
11 posts

Does anyone have recommendations for alternative Salzkammergut Lake area places to visit instead of Hallstatt? My husband and I are booked at a Hallstatt hotel in town for one night on December 28, but we'd love any alternative ideas.

Posted by Anita
Long Beach, California, USA
1562 posts

We were there recently and had the same experience...shockingly crowded and crammed with tourist shops. We were able to walk along some of the higher footpaths in town and get out of it but it's really bad down in the main part of town. Too bad.

Posted by Perry
Pearland, Texas, USA
288 posts

Should some reader be presently considering a trip to Hallstatt, we suggest they consider this alternative:

- take a hotel room in nearby Bad Ischl and make Hallstatt one of your day trips. - But first, we recommend you research the healthy waters available in Bad Ischl as well as other of Ischl's magnificent attractions such as the Kaiser Villa and the Zauner confiture shop. Happy trails!

Posted by Chani
Tel Aviv
5848 posts

Go figure. I was in Hallstatt this year on June 10 (midweek) on an RS tour. While there were lots of other tourists, nothing was crowded - not the sights, the funicular, the shops, or the restaurants. The only things that "spoiled" it for me were the construction cranes somewhat marring the picturesqueness of the town and the overcast skies

Posted by Diane
64 posts

We were in Hallstatt in Sept. 2014, and didn't have any problems with it being crowded. Unfortunately, it rained all of the time that we were there, so we made good use of our rain coats.

Posted by whiskers3
Longmont, Colorado
14 posts

Hmmm, my husband and I were just there a few weeks ago (October 5 - 8, 2015). Yes, there were many Chinese and Korean tourists but we had no problems with overcrowding on the lakeside street or anywhere else. We took the guided city walk from the TI, and we were the only ones on the tour. Our guide explained about the duplicate town in China, and also that there's a Korean TV show that uses Hallstatt as a set. So that's why it is now so popular with Asians. The Chinese were mostly very young couples who apparently just finished school and were on their "grand tour" before returning home to start careers and families. We found them to be enthusiastic and delightful. A different perspective.

Posted by Fred
San Francisco
4426 posts


I second seeing Bad Ischl's grand attraction the Kaiservilla, the Habsburgs' summer escape from the oppressive summer heat of Vienna. You can only see the insides of that yellow "house" by taking a tour, where no audio phones are provided, if you need one. If you're into operetta, there is the museum/house of Franz Lehar, composer of "the Merry Widow" (Die lustige Witwe)