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Hallstatt is a nearly daily topic here. 😁
Basically, like almost all small, scenic places, it is overrun by day-trippers, but magical before and after.

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That's why I advise people not to make Hallstatt a day trip. You'll be just some of the many people over-touristing the place. Spend at least one night, preferably two, in Hallstatt, so you can enjoy it after the day-trippers leave.

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Halstatt.
Mont St Michel.
Carcassonne.
Cinque Terre.
Venice.
Toledo.
Tallinn.
etc.

The list grows with each "Best places to visit in 20XX" article published, every Chinese TV show broadcast, and every Instragram post.

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Any town that is mentioned by RS will eventually be overrun with tourists...the price of "success".

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We made a day trip there a couple of years ago and, yes, it was crowded, but I'm still glad to have seen it - SO beautiful there!

However, we were in Bad Ischl (27 minutes by train + the boat trip across the lake). In my opinion, it's too far from Salzburg for a day trip. Maybe consider St. Gilgen/St. Wolfgang? We only passed the Wolfgangsee on the bus, but it looked like a beautiful area.

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Hi Ray,

A few beautiful options near Salzburg are St. Wolfgang or the Berchtesgaden area. If you’re going to St. Wolfgang, take the bus from Salzburg to St. Gilgen, and take the boat to arrive at St. Wolfgang from the water.

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We went last year as an overnight. Actually 2 nights, but we arrived late and left early, meaning one day in town. I would advise against a day trip there, unless it's a must for you and you can't spare a night. An overnight allows you to see the town before and after the day trippers, which is nice. It's a beautiful town, but it certainly gets overcrowded at peak times. I did find it worth it and enjoyed my time there.

If you choose to skip it, there are many other towns in the lake district nearby that are beautiful and less crowded. We only drove by and stopped briefly, so can't recommend a specific one, but I'm sure someone else here can.

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Our first visit to Hallstatt was in September 2000 and we absolutely fell in live with it. In June 2018, we returned with our kids. I had read all about how crowded it would be. But it was worth it to me. It’s still incredibly beautiful, even if it’s crowded.

I had no idea about the Frozen connection.

The article quotes a photographer, "It was honestly difficult to take certain photos without having other tourists in the background as well,". Well, duh. You can’t go pretty much anywhere worth going over Easter and not have other people there! The expectation is ridiculous, and just reiterates how self-centered people can be. This photographer was undoubtedly in other people’s photos at some point!

Hallstatt is on just about every “top” list for good reason. But to go in peak season and expect to have the place to yourself mid-day would be unrealistic. Just like every other “top” place, it will be completely different at 7 pm than 1 pm. Plan accordingly and enjoy!

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Isn't the Daily Mail similar to a tabloid and they get sued a lot?

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Thank you for the suggestions of optional day trips from Salzburg. Very helpful.

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Halstatt + overtourism + Frozen + Instagram were featured on a piece on NPR (National Public Radio) this morning.

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Isn't the Daily Mail similar to a tabloid and they get sued a lot?

Yes but what's the relevance to the article?

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Not helpful to today’s visitors but we spent 2 nights in Hallstatt in June 2000. Stayed at Gasthaus Zauner right near the main plaza. No real “crowds” to speak of even during the day back then. No lines for the Salt Mine tour, ferry boat ride, etc. Picnic in the park, playground for the kids, restaurant at the inn and also another on the lake. No problem parking our van. Even then the quiet of the evening was quite noticeable with the day visitors gone. Glad we visited before it was overrun.

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We stayed in Hallstatt in 2016 on the GAS tour. It was a bit crowded during the day, but never suffocating. Nighttime was wonderful. Locals were friendly. They obviously didn't care for the obnoxious blitz tourists. Make an effort to know people, the culture, and the language, and you'll be fine.

The hotel right on the water was amazing. Glad we were able to stay there as a group before it moved to across the lake. I'll never forget going to rent a boat. The only two people running the show that day were a teenage boy and 8-year-old sister. No formalities, no paperwork, just a warm friendly greeting, paid, and away we were for a magical hour on beautiful Lake Halstatt. One of my favorite memories of that trip.

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This has been great info. Sadly, RS tour cancelled today so this side trip is a no-go. Hope the info helps others. Thank you everyone who posted.