On our way home from the Salzburg adventure a couple of weeks ago (read about it here and here) we decided to make a quick stop in Upper Austria to explore the gorgeous lakeside town Hallstatt. This small town overlooking Lake Hallstatt is commonly referred to as one of the most beautiful lakeside towns in the whole world !! It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and some people even call it Austria’s best kept secret. So naturally I wanted to see what all the fuss is about and just had to pop by some time. And that time finally arrived….
Not gonna lie, Hallstatt was one of the most charming and beautiful lakeside towns I’ve ever been to. Surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape you can take the boat across the lake and marvel at the historical buildings. What fascinated me is the fact that they actually offer a “huge” variety of activities, even though the town is teeny tiny. You can take boats, hike up the mountains, stroll through the town and even visit the oldest salt mine of the world.
But… we didn’t really do any of that as we only stayed there for about 1,5 hours. When we parked the car and started to walk towards the city centre we were shocked. The cute town was flooded with tourists. Literally though. Maybe we chose the wrong day/time to go there but duh, I’ve never seen so many tourists in a tiny place like that before. And that kind of ruined the experience for me. The bars and restaurants were hella expensive (hello, tourist traps) and the streets were crowded with people taking selfies in front of old houses. So much about “best kept secret” haha, what fun!
All in all I’d say that Hallstatt is worth a visit if you find yourself near it. I can definitely see why so many people from other continents/countries might wanna see and love this place. It sure is a gorgeous little town and I feel like you might be able to take amazing pictures with the snow in winter. But for me, as I grew up in Austria, these kind of buildings weren’t so special and I was a tad disappointed by the so-called “most beautiful lakeside town in the world“. If you plan to go there you definitely need to take into account that it will be overly flooded by tourists in the main travel seasons – if you don’t mind that, go for it :D
Have you ever been to Hallstatt? Did you like it?