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Hallstatt, Austria

Has anyone been to Hallstatt? I'm interested in hearing a little about this small town before deciding to add it to the itinerary. We're traveling through Austria from Germany, on our way to Prague.

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Hi Megan - We're staying in Hallstatt on May 28-30 for two nights. When we return from our trip, (June 4) we will tell you about our experience here. Rick thinks it is a wonderful place to stay. Hope so!

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Years ago we frequently visited the Hallstatt area. For us the scenery was the draw; these mountain lakes are very beautiful. We would just look for Fremdenzimmer (bed and breakfast)signs and usually stayed across Hallstätter See (the lake) from Hallstatt. I believe that Hallstatt is best reached by car.

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Hi,
We visited Hallstatt as a day trip (no overnight stay) last Oct. Very pretty setting on the lake. It's definitely worth visiting. I can't comment on salt mine tours, cable car or other activities, as we were there only for an afternoon. If you have a car, the country side around the area is beautiful also.

paul

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Hallstatt is a definite yes for your itinerary. Great views, quiet, quaint town. I visited the bone cemetary, the salt mines and the salt museum while I highly recommend. If you like fish, I suggest you try the local lake trout served at most restaurants. Whether you are traveling by train or car, Halstatt is very accessible. good travels.

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Just got back from Austria a week ago. We did a day trip to Hallstatt from Salzburg. Wish we were staying in Hallstatt instead. Hubby and I preferred the quiet beauty of the small town. Too perfect!

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It's been several years ago that we went to Halstatt. We were there on a day trip (by car) but it would be fun to stay there - beautiful setting. We did go to the salt mine and it was very interesting to see the huge, very old salt mine (our experience had been sea salt, so a mountain of salt was quite different). As I recall, we took a funicular up and walked down (past a couple of very old entrances). The history is quite interesting and the wooden slides are so much fun you wish you could go back up and do it again.

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Megan, we've been to Hallstatt twice. Stayed in Hotel Grüner Baum both times and in the same room, No. 18 which is on the lake side with a nice balcony.

You can reach Hallstatt very easily by train. Hallstatt station is on the opposite side of Lake Hallstatt from the village. A motor launch meets every train... just walk down the path a few feet to the boarding dock. The fare is quite inexpensive. When you disembark, walk toward the evangelical church (lake level, tall steeple) and past it to reach Hotel Grüner Baum. It's only a short walk. We have friends who have taken rooms at Zauner (directly across the plaza from Hotel Grüner Baum) and say their rooms are terrific. We've eaten at Zauner's and can testify that the food is wonderful.

Hallstatt has a lot to offer. Take the tram to the top of Salzberg and the restaurant up there... quite a view. There's much, much more which you might learn about on the web... go to Google.com and type in Hallstatt, Austria. Bye !

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use hallstst as a sunday stop over. cheap accomodation can be found here. most other places are closed sundays.

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We stayed at Gasthof Simony in Hallstatt during our trip last year. I highly recommend Hallstatt and Gasthof Simony. Hallstatt is incredibly beautiful, and Gasthof Simony was old and creaky, but full of character, and Susanna the woman who run's it is very charming.

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I just got back...we did 1 night. I wish we had cut the 3 days in Munich down to 2 and stayed an extra night in Hallstatt! It was gorgeous. I stayed at the Braugasthof - BREATHTAKING BALCONY VIEW! Also, the restaurant there was fantastic! It is now run by the same family as the hotel!

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Many thanks to all who have responded!! We are definitely going to stay overnight in Hallstatt in early November. Any other accomodation, sights and restaurant recommendations are greatly appreciated!

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I suggest you check on availability soon as I believe that several of the places in Hallstatt shut down for the winter.

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It's one of the most beautiful places we've ever seen and we've seen lots of nice ones. It is very serene and peaceful.

You'll love it!

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I am not sure if you have been there already, but I can surely recommend a visit. We were there in December 2000 and I longed ever since to go back. The locals are very friendly and the scienery is magnificent...

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We will be traveling in late October, early November. We are defintely stoppnig in Hallstatt at this point (thanks to this message board!). If anyone has any more recommendations for accommodations & sights to see they are most appreciated.

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Good choice Megan. You won't regret it. We stayed two nights in Hallstatt at the Braugasthof and loved it. The hotel is old and creeky but was clean and the most charming, authentic place we stayed in all of Austria. The town is stunningly picturesque and although it is quiet and peaceful there is plenty to keep you occupied for a few days. If you are an outdoorsy type at all, I highly recommend you take a hike along a well maintained path that follows the stream at the eastern end of town up the mountain - awesome views, waterfalls, and gorges.