How to see as much as possible from around Hallstatt
Hallstatt is not just an icon of Austria in a valley surrounded by mountains and a lake. It hides much more. It's lovely to wander through the narrow streets and enjoy the atmosphere, but it has so much more to offer. As there are salt mines that are famous all over the world, don't forget the Waldbach river, which finds its way through the Alps, Look into caves like the Dachstein ice cave and or more to the heavens at the 5 fingers lookout. All this can be done in a weekend.
Busy weekend in Hallstatt
The journey from our country takes 3–8 hours by car. It depends where one of us lives. But there are plenty of buses and trains, but you have to take a ferry across Hallstatt lake or go around the lake by bus. If the trip is less than 5 hours away, I recommend going on district roads. Austria is a beautiful country for natural scenery and really worth a stop or a relaxing walk. In addition, the road is often empty and the permitted speed of 100 km/h is quite sufficient. However, it is necessary to take into account that on the weekend in most cities gas stations are closed and some have automatic pumps. So it's better to keep an eye on the tank and the prices of materials are the same or cheaper than in the Czech Republic.
Day 1 – It is time to travel to Hallstatt and check in. There are options in a hotel, a guesthouse, such as the well-known Haus Salzberg , or in the Hallstatt car park, which costs around 15 EUR/night. I would use the rest of the day to explore Hallstatt. Walk along the embankment, visit the famous ossuary for 1 Euro. walk to the lookout points, which are also marked on mapy.cz. Overcrowding must be taken into account.
2nd day – If I am not so burdened by finances, there is a possibility to visit the Salt Chamber, see article But it is necessary to calculate that the price per person is about 1000–1200 CZK including the cable car. Unfortunately, it probably won't be cheaper. But it is possible to take the cable car for about 250–300 CZK, where you don't forget the Skywalk viewpoint and continue past the Salt Chambers to the Waldbach River. Cascades of waterfalls are formed here, see article this hike is around 15 km long and is just enough for the whole day if it is combined with a tour of the Salt Chamber.
Day 3 – Cross to Obertraun first thing in the morning. The first cable car leaves around 8:40 a.m. and here I also recommend the return ticket, which costs about 900 CZK. Here you can also buy a ticket to the Dachstein Ice Cave or the Mammoth Cave. I recommend the first one, see article. The tour lasts about 1 hour and is about a 15-minute walk from the cable car. Or skip the beauty of this cave and go straight to 5 fingers. It's barely half an hour's journey to the viewpoint from the cable car. Beautiful panoramas open up here, viz. article. My estimate is that it will take around 13–14 hours to get down to the car with the cable car. Then there is another 3–8 hour drive home.
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