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Are you looking for a picturesque winter destination?

If so, Hallstatt in Austria is the perfect spot!

Located in the Salzkammergut region east of Salzburg and surrounded by lakes and Alpine mountains, this UNESCO-listed area will satisfy all your winter cravings. From snow-coated mountain vistas and colorful traditional architecture perched by the lakeside, Hallstatt is a dream destination that will make you feel like you’ve stepped into a winter fairy tale.

Weather In Halstatt In Winter

Halstatt winter temperature ranges between -2°C and 5°C, so it’s best to come prepared with plenty of warm layers for your time here.

Snow usually falls during the months of December to February, although this can vary from year to year. The best time to visit Hallstatt is when the area is covered in snow and you can experience a true winter wonderland.

How many days do you need in Hallstatt?

The town is small and walkable. You can visit it on a day trip from Salzburg or Vienna. But I’d recommend spending 2 full days in Hallstatt. You can dedicate one day to experiencing the town and another one to visiting a nearby ski resort.

If you’re not a fan of skiing you can easily spend two days taking in the breathtaking views of Hallstatt, strolling the quaint streets, breathing in the crisp mountain air, and savoring hot chocolate with a stunning lake view.

The best time to explore Hallstatt is before 9 am or late in the evening when day travelers had not yet arrived to the village or had already left. That’s why I’m recommending an overnight stay, so you can avoid crowds.

Sunset is also a great time for wandering around, as you can enjoy a beautiful view of the lake and its surrounding mountains.

Things to do in Hallstatt in Winter

Stroll The Streets

Be sure to take your time and explore the charming alleyways, admire centuries-old houses with their intricate decorations, and get lost in the cobblestone lanes. There are also plenty of opportunities to find unique souvenirs from the many little shops scattered along the streets.

Crowds tend to stay down near the main road, but there are many tiny paths to explore and several little staircases to climb up.

Marktplatz (Market Square)

You can’t miss it when exploring the streets. It’s home to a large Christmas tree always taking center stage. Here you can find many seasonal decorations and unique handmade crafts from local artisans. During winter months there are often stalls set up selling hot drinks and snacks.

Hot chocolate in a lake view cafe

No visit to Hallstatt in winter is complete without curling up in one of the quaint lakeside cafes with a hot chocolate and the best views of this UNESCO-listed area.

Try Local Cuisine

Be sure to try some of the local cuisine while you’re in Hallstatt. Hearty dish like Käsespätzle (a type of cheese pasta) and warm up with a cup of Glühwein or Zirbenschnaps (a local specialty made from the wood of the Pinus Cembra tree). The area is also known for its fish – trout and carp are all popular options.

Halstatt Viewpoints

Skywalk

You can’t go wrong by taking the cable car up to the Skywalk and then walking out onto the viewing platform right over Hallstatt. From here you can take in breathtaking views of the entire region.

Hallstatt winter viewpoint

Classic Village Viewpoint & Viewpoint Hallstatt

With just a quick search on Google Maps, you can find these two viewpoints north of the town center in no time.

Short Term parking

If you’re coming to Hallstatt by car and plan to stay just a few hours, there is a short-term parking space right behind the local Tourist Information Office. It offers a gret view of the lake and is perfect for taking a few photos.

Seecafe

Head over to Seecafe for lunch and enjoy a meal with lake views.

Five Fingers viewing platform

Located further up the mountains, the Five Fingers viewing platform is one of the highest points in Hallstatt and offers an amazing panoramic view of the entire region. It’s the perfect place for capturing some stunning photos or just taking in the beauty of the area.

Ski Resorts

Hallstatt is located only a short drive away from some of the best ski resorts in Europe: Dachstein and Krippenstein Ski Resort are particularly popular amongst winter sports enthusiasts!

Hallstatt is absolutely worth visiting in winter. With snow and ice-covered mountains providing an unforgettable backdrop to your holiday, it’s a magical experience. And it’s way less crowded than in summer. But keep in mind that it’s becoming increasingly popular in recent years.

About the Author

Maria S

Maria became location independent in 2016 when she quit her job and became self-employed. She is currently exploring the world while working on her own projects.

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