Day Trip to Hallstatt & the Lake Region from Vienna


119 EUR

This enchanting tour takes you to the stunning Salzkammergut region of Austria. Admire the quaint Ort Castle located on an isle in a lake, stroll through the fairy tale-like village of Hallstatt, see hundreds of hand-painted skulls at the local ossuary, and enjoy mesmerising views in all directions.

Duration: 12 hours
    Available in
  • English,
  • German
This day trip is well worth the price, as it is not cheap either. The views and scenery in Hallstatt are spectacular for their beauty, the only wish is that the tour could have lasted longer before having to return to Vienna. One downside was that the queues for the cable car were very long, we must have spent over 1 hour queuing altogether for going up and then coming down. The boat ride was very quick but the scenery around the lake is absolutely amazing.
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  • Get a glimpse of the stunning Salzkammergut region on a relaxing bus tour
  • Stop to admire the quaint Ort Castle, located on an isle in Lake Traunsee
  • Stroll through the fairy tale-like village of Hallstatt
  • See hundreds of hand-painted skulls at the local ossuary
  • Appreciate the village’s beauty from the lake on a short boat tour
  • Take the funicular up to the spectacular Skywalk observation deck

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The day begins with a bus ride from Vienna to Gmunden, where we’ll briefly stop to admire the quaint Ort Castle. Located on an isle in Lake Traunsee and surrounded by mountain ranges, it’s a sight to behold.

We’ll then continue our journey to Hallstatt, a UNESCO-listed lakeside village at the base of a majestic mountain. Wander though its narrow lanes and admire its charming wooden buildings while getting to know its 7000-year history.

You’ll learn about the Hallstatt Salt Mine (in the past, salt was the region’s primary commodity) and visit the ossuary, featuring hundreds of hand-painted skulls dating back to the 18th century.

Next, admire Hallstatt’s beauty from the lake on a 20-minute boat tour. You’ll then have some free time for lunch or more sightseeing.

Finally, we’ll meet at the Salzbergbahn, the funicular that will take us up to the Skywalk observation deck for panoramic views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

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What’s included & not included

  • Bus tour to Salzkammergut
  • Guided walk through Hallstatt
  • Admission to the Hallstatt ossuary
  • 20-minute boat ride on Hallstätter See
  • Funicular ride
  • Food and drinks

Meeting point

Vienna State Opera (Wiener Staatsoper) (Opernring 2, 1010 Vienna, Austria)

Reviews from travellers (6)


Hallstatt was a must for us, but being in Vienna, none of us wanted the hassle of renting and driving a car that far. Taking the tour bus was a great alternative. Driver was good and the guide was knowledgeable and accommodating.
I had the best day on this tour. The journey to get to Hallstatt is long but it's split up with one service station stop each way and on the way, you stop at the castle for a bit. Hallstatt is by far one of the most beautiful places I've seen and would deffo recommend this trip. Our guide was so lovely and informative. He was a credit to the company. It's pretty busy when we went in August but the guide says it's harder to get to Hallstatt in winter with the roads, and to be honest somewhere like that will always be busy. Unless you stay the night when tours leave. There's the chance to go up to the lookout by cable car and have a guided 30 or so minutes through the village, and then a further 20 mins in the church and skull place, but all this is optional if you just want to explore by yourself. And there's the boat trip at the end. Excellent day!
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Hallstatt is a stunner. We stayed in Vienna and so booked a day trip with Vienna Sightseeing. Albeit the journey is long, you should take this trip if you can't stay at Hallstatt.
-Guide shares interesting pieces of information
-Be prepared to walk quickly so that you don't miss the group
-Unadulterated beauty this place is
My parents are 63 & 58 respectively, so they opted to not climb up and visit the bone house. It is quite a task for old people to walk quickly & keep up with the group but worth visiting.
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Tour operated by: Vienna Sightseeing Tours