The idyllic town of Hallstatt, Austria

The idyllic town of Hallstatt, Austria

A few weeks ago I shared one of the most beautiful and memorable experiences of my life, boating on Lake Hallstatt. Floating on the crystal clear Alpine lake was is bucket list worthy for any traveler. Exploring the sweet village of Hallstatt was similarly enchanting. (See how I’m already running out of adjectives? Let’s be clear, “enchanting” is not in my normal vocabulary.)

It wasn’t until 1928 that a formal road was constructed to reach the village, leaving it in near isolation for over 2,000 years since it’s founding in 1311 as a market town below the salt mines. Today the salt mine is still active (tour details to come) while the town has flourished with tourism.

Hallstatt is so beautiful that people travel from across the globe to see it – including a rich mining tycoon from China, so moved by what he say that he funded a 940 million dollar project to duplicate the city in the Chinese province of Guangdong. (Read about it HERE.)


After a day of boating and salt mine-touring, the girls and I strolled the idyllic streets of the village in search of something to eat. What we found was our favorite meal of the trip at ___. We ate, I sipped beer, Jen had a shorele, and for Tara it was , lingered and enjoyed the scene. What if we lived here? What if this was our home? Would we sing VanTrapp songs all day and lead lives of carefree ease? I think so.

  • These pictures!!! Seriously, girlfriend! You’re so talented. Gorgeous place, gorgeous ladies! xoxo

  • OMG. SO gorgeous. This looks like the most perfect little German village ever. I always wonder what it would actually be like to live in a place like this…

  • …What a delightful little place–you’ll simply HAVE to return, I suppose, :-)…

  • This makes me miss studying abroad in Salzburg! I didn’t make it to Hallstatt. Could you get there by train? I did travel to Innsbruck and feel in love with that city.

  • Just realized how close I am to it and i’m putting it on my list 😉

  • I can’t believe how much was spent to reconstruct the town in China! That’s crazy! And while I was reading this I had the Sound of Music playing in my head. Lol

  • Seriously, just breathtaking!!!!

  • Thanks for the tip; would love to visit there on a swing through Austria. Your photos totally sell it 🙂

  • I had never heard of the place until you posted in traveltuesday…and it is just breathtaking…

  • So so beautiful! How many days would you recommend for a visit? Is it easy to see everything in a couple of days or would you be able to stay a week and still not see it all? 🙂

  • Wow, experiencing so much wanderlust right now. beautiful!! http://www.thecaliforeigner.blogspot.com

  • This is ENCHANTING! & that word isn’t normally in my vocab either. Wow!

  • Brb, off to Austria…

    I’m quite enjoying seeing all these Austria photos 🙂 I think I need to start planning more trips!

  • Um. Ok. This place is on my travel list!

  • That looks like something out of a storybook! I cannot even imagine what life would be like living there. What would you do all day? I certainly wouldn’t work! SO PRETTY! 🙂

  • I’ve read very mixed reviews about Hallstatt, many complaining that the locals are rude to the tourists and are often felt not welcome in the town s o it’s really lovely to see a lovely write up on the town. Your pictures are stunning and I’m now adding it to my wish list x

  • …By the way–I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Award!!…

    http://thepumpkinshead.wordpress.com/2014/08/09/ive-got-that-liebster-love-my-first-blogging-award/

    If you’re interested in what that means, there are more deets in my blog post, there, :-)!!…

  • I absolutely love Austria. I haven’t visited Hallstatt before but it looks picture perfect.

  • Your photography could probably convince me to visit any place in this world! Superb! Hallstatt does look idyllic, I mean it has everything, it’s small and quaint, it has the mountain and the water!x

  • These photos are just dreamy…. I am loving your posts! We are considering a trip to Germany, Austria, and Switzerland next year, so I’m definitely going to be referring to your posts as we plan!

  • Wow, this is definitely a sight for sore eyes. So beautiful! I absolutely love little charming European villages, and this one has been on my list for so long. I hope I get to go there soon.

  • I hope you get to go to Hallstatt soon too! It really is JUST as lovely as you could ever imagine. 🙂

  • Oh that sounds so wonderful! If you need any help with itinerary planning I’d love to help! Dan and I heading to Switzerland soon so I’ll scope out some sights for you guys there too! 🙂

  • You nailed it. Hallstatt IS truly picture perfect. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more impressed with a little village.

  • Camila, you are the sweetest. It means so much to me that you enjoy my photography, really.

    Hallstatt is a little gem indeed! I hope you get the opportunity to visit one day! 🙂

  • That’s so interesting, I hadn’t heard about any issues with locals though I guess it’s not surprising since it’s suchhh a tiny little village. I guess ultimately zillions of tourists may get old though it is source of their livelihood. As you noted though, I definitely didn’t pick up on any bad feelings during my visit and would definitely recommend keeping it on that wish list of yours! 🙂 (I’m curious, what other places are on your wish list?)

  • Agreed! I definitely wouldn’t want to work there either. Though if I had to, I guess I wouldn’t mind setting up a little shop that sells Austrian sweets. You know, if I HAD to. 😀

  • Yes ma’am! Rightfully so!

    (Where else is on that travel list of yours?!)

  • Hah, I hope you had a nice little jaunt. 😉

    (Really though, glad you’re enjoying all my Austria posts!)

  • Ha! Dazzling, magical, heavenly – all those words too! 😀

  • Thanks, dear! Hallstatt had always-always been on my bucket list. I hope you get to make it there one day too! 🙂

  • Great question, gal. As charming as Hallstatt is, it’s a teeny-tiny little village that can easily be seen in a day. In the region though there are zillions of other cute little towns and beautiful hikes, so I’d recommend setting up camp in Salzburg and doing day trips, allotting a minimum of 4 days.

  • I agree, Gracey! It is such a charming little village!

  • Amen, gal! It really is just SO beautiful. Think you can squeeze in a visit during your mega European adventure in October?

  • Haha. True story, on my first work trip to Austria I played nothing but the Sound of Music in the car for the entire week. Fortunately my coworker embraced it and we both sang along, loudly. 😀

  • Ah, pretty-please go! I’d love to read about your experience there. I’m sure you’d adore it just as much as I did! (I sound like I’m begging because I am!) 😀

  • I’m so envious that you got to live in Salzburg. What a dream! I don’t think it’s accessible by train, just tour buses from the city. Fortunately I drove there so we had a bit more freedom. If anything this gives you reason to go back, right? 🙂

    I also adore Innsbruck! What a beautiful city!

  • Betty, you’re so sweet! Thanks so much for the nomination! 😀

  • I always wonder the same – like do they get their milk fresh from the local farm? Buy their bread from the bakery and meat from the butcher? It seems more like a nursery rhyme than real life.

  • …It was my GENUINE pleasure, :-)…

  • these are lovely photos! I’m so glad I came across your blog!! I’m planning a trip to Germany and Austria and Halstatt is definitely (already) on the list 🙂 Please tell me where your “favorite meal” was had! And/or what that idyllic pink-table-clothed, outdoor place is 😉

  • Hi Ashlee! Welcome! 😀 You should be sooo excited about seeing Hallstatt – it’s so stinking pretty. 🙂 So that pink table clothed place, I believe, is here: https://goo.gl/maps/tLv3Y It’s a tiny little village though so I’m sure you’ll spot it. Have fun!

  • Thank you!!

  • Beautiful!!! Love all your pictures! Excited to be going there in the Spring!

  • Rachel Grove

    Looks so beautiful! Where did you stay there? We are going for two nights at the end of June. Thanks!

    Rachel http://www.whereweareplanted.blogspot.com