Hallstatt is a pretty beautiful lake side village on the hills of Salzkammergut in Austria which is also famous for centuries old Ice Cave and many other picturesque mountain lakes. Hallstatt lake especially is considered the marvel of Austria due to being surrounded by mountains on all directions like a ring. The ferry journey on the Hallstatt lake dubbed the 'Goisem' is extremely popular amongst locals and tourists alike as it's a very clean water to go swimming, boating and do other adventure activity. The village Hallstatt is considered one of the oldest settlements of Austrian people and holds a UNESCO certification for being a heritage site.
The ways of reaching Hallstatt is very different from reaching other places in Austria. If you are planning to start from Vienna or Salzburg, you naturally would take a bus or a train journey, both ways to enjoy the scenic mountains and locations, however it is recommended by travel ninjas and experts to take both bus and train to have a glimpse of local people culture in the countryside and the transportation means to finally reach the destination Hallstatt.
Of course, it doesn't end there, as the train only drops you at the other side of the lake from Village Hallstatt. To reach the village you have to take the ferry that awaits you once you get down the train. You will have to buy your tickets to reach the village, and the short journey will be one of the mesmerizing experiences you will ever undergo in your full tour of Austria. The mountains surrounding the lake will try to capture your imaginations during the full crossing, while the clean water beneath, itself gives you a strong feeling of getting close to Mother Nature and enjoy what she offers. Stopping at the shore of Hallstatt you are welcomed with locals at the ferry docking. From there it's up to you to have a longing trip to Munich or get back on train to reach Salzburg.
Additional information and tips