Hallstatt Lake

Hallstatt Lake

Il Hallstatt lake it is located in the Upper Austria region and takes its name from the town it overlooks. The lake is formed by the Traun River which is a tributary of the Danube and has a surface area of ​​approximately 8,55 km2 with a maximum depth of 125 meters.

Halstatt is a small Austrian village, located in 500 meters of altitude, which develops between the banks of theHalstatt See and the beautiful mountains.

You will have the feeling that you have already seen it and you will be right, the glimpse of the mountain town that is reflected on the lake is the image that has traveled the world to represent Austria. It is not uncommon to find Halstatt's view on posters, postcards, paintings and much more.

What to do and what to see

On the lake it is possible to undertake various and numerous activities; you can spend a few days in a full relaxation away from the noise and bustle of the cities.

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In Hallstätter see you can indulge in sports or hobbies such as fishing, swimming, rowing, diving, short and long journeys boat trips, the rental of electric boats or pedal boats, but also excursions, walks in the woods that surround the town and the lake.

Skywalk: Panoramic suspended terrace

skywalk hallstatt panorama
Photo by Viktor Hanacek of picjumbo

For those who love the mountains, at high altitude 1030 meters, reachable by cable car or funicular, is theHallstatt Salt World, where it is possible to admire breathtaking views and you can find one Skywalk, which is nothing more than a platform from which you can observe the wonderful views that appear before the eyes of tourists.

The most spectacular points are there Rudolf Tower, which is none other than one ancient fortification that it was built as a defense against foreign attacks; nowadays it has been transformed into a restaurant and an observation tower.

One of the main attractions, this remains there salt mine dating back to 7000 years ago, which it is possible to visit and in which it is possible to discover several interesting and little-known anecdotes and stories.

Longest slide in europe

For Kids is present in this tourist spot one 64 meters long underground slide, which with this length has won the record of the longest wooden slide in Europe.

The slide was made from what miners once used to go down to the depths; today it has become a fun activity to do with children, you go downhill with a speed control and a system that automatically takes a souvenir photo during the exciting descent.

It will surely amuse the children a lot and will be a nice memory of the holidays in Austria.

Dachstein Mountains

Dachstein panorama terrace

Another popular tourist spot is the Dachstein Salzkammergut, also included in the UNESCO heritage. This site is a set of peaks that reach up to 3000 meters above sea level, often frequented for hiking, walking and, in the winter months, for skiing.

The observation point called Five Fingers, that is a set of five platforms that seem to be suspended in the void, that they are reminiscent of the fingers of a hand, placed at a height of 122 meters, and each one representing a different and unique design. It goes without saying that from this position you can enjoy unique and incredible landscapes.

Finally, the mountains surrounding Hallstatt Lake are also famous for their Caves, known as Dachstein Caves. An underground world made up of icicles, ice sculptures and incredible natural phenomena at a depth of more than 1200 meters.

Mammuthöle is definitely not to be missed, literally the 'Mammoth cave', is a complex of caves that were formed by a river that once flowed underground.

Hallstatt Alpine Village

Hallstatt mountain village

On the shores of the lake, it develops a small town much loved by tourists because it is fascinating, colorful and above all it is typical Austrian, and is considered one of the most beautiful villages in Austria and even, according to some, in Europe.

In this village there is also the Market Square, a small market village that takes its name from the salt mine that is nearby. It is highly recommended to visit the XNUMXth century Hallstatt Evangelical Church in the city center.

According to some local guides, the best way to visit the village is to start from markplatz, then proceeding towards the Hallstatt Museum, which can be visited and in which archaeological finds concerning the history of the Austrian town are exhibited; the museum is structured, in fact, according to a path that starts from the Neolithic and goes up to the most recent days.

Once the visit is over, it is recommended reach the center of Hallstatt to be observed calmly, and then go on the shores of the lake. Two other stops that cannot be missed are the Hallstatt Ossuary and the Salzwelten Hallstatt.

Hallstatt surroundings

In the vicinity of Hallstatt there are numerous Alpine villages that are worth a visit if you find yourself in the surrounding area.

A few kilometers north of the town of Hallstatt lies the small town of St. Wolfgang, which houses the beautiful late Gothic St. Wolfgang pilgrimage church located on a terrace above the city.

While about 20 kilometers west of Hallstatt stands the ancient market town of Bad Aussee, which for years, in the past, was a key hub for the economy and culture of the salt-producing region of Styria.

In the center of the village is the parish church of St. Paul dating from the 1420th century and the church of St. Paul Statue of the Virgin Mary from XNUMX. Another church of interest to visit if you are nearby is the Bad Aussee Spitalskirche, in Gothic period.

While north of Bad Aussee it is possible to visit another lake, the Altausseer See, three kilometers long and set in a splendid and unique landscape. Once at this point it is also possible to visit the city of Altaussee, known for its exceptional thermal baths, and the Altaussee Salt Mine.

From Dachstein caves, previously mentioned, however, it is possible to reach the Berghaus Krippenstein via a short trip by cable car. Also in this point is positioned one observation platform, the Welterbespirale, which recalls the shape of a metal ship and allows you to enjoy the panorama overlooking the Dachstein mountains.

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