Austria Destinations

St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt – Where salt and lakes are plenty

November 18, 2014

One of my favourite regions in Austria is the idyllic Salzkammergut in the heart of the country. This time I want to introduce St. Wolfgang and Hallstatt – two picturesque towns between crystal-clear lakes and beautiful mountains. Of course, both places aren’t insider tips – as they have a long tradition in tourism – but I was surprised to see so many people from all over the world. The history of the region is deeply connected to the lakes and salt mining, which made them rich. Today you can see their prosperity in lovely decorated wooden houses, perfectly manicured streets and grand churches. Apparently some rich Chinese thought it’s so pretty that they rebuilt a whole fake-Hallstatt in China. The original Hallstatt also has the oldest salt mine in the world, and although they’re still operating, they created a little “salt theme park” open for visitors. A funicular takes you up to the mine and the view from there is simply amazing. For one of the best water-views you might get in Austria, I’d recommend a boat-ride on the Wolfgangsee.

St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang lake viewSt. Wolfgang St. Wolfgang Turquoise water

Sun deck_93Beautiful lake sideFalkensteinwand View to SchafbergHallstatt

Hallstatt and Hallstätter See Hallstatt and Hallstätter See Pretty houses Main square, Hallstatt

Rudolfsturm A beautiful October day Rock salt in the mine

Bird's-eye-view of Hallstatt View over Hallstättersee Hallstatt church

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  • Reply Hot days and cool lakes in the Salzkammergut | sweet/escapes July 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    […] I revisited the cute town of Hallstatt and finally made it to the interesting charnel house, which I missed last time. But soon it got so hot again, we couldn’t wait to get into the water! Please, also check out my post of Hallstatt and St. Wolfgang 🙂 […]

  • Reply marialeila July 14, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    I love St. Wolfgang! It’s my favorite part of Austria. Been there twice and looking forward to the third. 🙂

    • Reply sileas July 15, 2015 at 10:02 am

      Yes, it is very nice indeed. Love that little town too!

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