The whole time I was in Salzburg, the sky was overcast. It wasn’t until the day I was leaving the sun finally came out.
So, instead of heading straight back to Munich as I had originally planned, I stowed my luggage at the Salzburg train station and went on a day trip to the village of Hallstatt.
There are two ways to reach Hallstatt from Salzburg via public transportation: by bus or by train. The BigBoyTravel.com has detailed instructions for each options. The bus ticket can be booked online (day pass available). The bus option, despite requiring two changes, is supposed to be faster, cheaper and offers better view than the train option, plus it drops you off right in the village (Station name: Hallstatt Lahn).
However, since I was traveling last minute during an off season, I decided to rely on trains, with one change at Attnang-Puchheim.
It is worth mentioning that the Hallstatt train station sits across the lake from the village. So a short ferry ride is necessary.
At the time of this writing, the ferry costs €3 cash one-way and can be purchased from the attendant. The departure time corresponds to the train’s arrival time. Do doublecheck and make note of the return schedule after disembarkation.
The village is small and does not take long to walk through.
Most people came to Hallstatt for this instagram-famous view, taken from an unmarked spot at the residential part of the village.
To get there: Turn right from the ferry dock, walk past an arch and up the hill, with the lake to your right, within 3 minutes you will see the lake from above and a sign that says “Quiet Please“ with a big exclamation mark!
It’s right across a narrow road in front of somebody’s house/garage. Please be quiet and don’t block local traffic!
After snapping a few photos I decided to leave the tourist crowd behind and go for a hike.
As soon as I passed the Salt World, the trail became quiet and peaceful.
I followed the turn-by-turn directions from Outdooractive.com to the point where I see the first marker towards Glacier Garden (Gletscherngarten).
Shortly after passing Schleierfall on the right
The trail turned woody and elevated.
Stay right at this intersection
And simply follow the red and white Austrian trail marker
to reach the Lauterbach Fall
There were multiple streams, the Lauterbach Fall is the one on the right
A frontal view of the waterfall can be observed just a few steps down the valley
As well as a good view of the running stream from the Strub Bridge
Back to the village, I forewent the opportunity to try Das Bier
Or pick up fresh crepe by the lake.
Instead I strolled along the shore, bathed under the warm afternoon sun,
taking in this view.
Later on, as the tourist crowd thinned at the Market square
It was time for me to take the boat
Then the train back to Salzburg
And thereon to Muncih.
Coming up next: Munich, Germany