Nestled in the Austrian Alps is a tiny village that has taken Instagram by storm. Hallstatt Austria is a UNESCO World Heritage site perched on the shore of Lake Hallstatt. While many travelers make this a day trip from Salzburg to Hallstatt, the real treat is to enjoy this area once the day trip travelers have gone home.
Fortunately, there are a few Hallstatt hotels to select, many of which offer panoramic views of the Lake of Hallstatt. As Hallstatt is relatively small, with just a few hotels in Hallstatt, we’ve also included other options for where to stay near Hallstatt. The Salzkammergut region is full of quaint mountain villages, many of which lack the crowds you will see in Hallstatt. Keep reading to find the best place to stay in Hallstatt and the surrounding region.
We will cover off all types of Hallstatt accommodation options from Hostels to luxury Hallstatt hotels as well as how to decide where to stay in Hallstatt, the best Hallstatt hotels, best places in Hallstatt to visit, the best places to stay in Hallstatt, hotels near Hallstatt attractions, Hallstatt neighborhood guide and many more.
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Upon arrival in Hallstatt, you’ll see that it’s quite a small village, with nearly every hotel in Hallstatt within a five to ten minute walk. So, where you stay in Hallstatt is less dependent on location and more dependent on budget, as there are very few budget friendly hotels in Hallstatt. In the center of town is the World Heritage Museum Hallstatt, a great place to learn about the region and the history of Hallstatt.
The pet friendly Heritage Hotel Hallstatt is the best area for tourists arriving by ferry from the Hallstatt train station, while the Gasthof Bergfried is nearest the tourist information center where the buses arrive. No matter which Hallstatt accommodation you choose, you will have the best of Hallstatt at your doorstep. Just be prepared to pay if you’d like a Hallstatt hotel lake view.
Best places to stay in Hallstatt
Budget Hotels in Hallstatt
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Hallstatt
With a tiny population similar to Hallstatt (under 800 residents) Obertraun offers an abundance of recreational opportunities in every season. You can travel between the two towns via ferry in about 30 minutes, or just ten minutes by car. Obertraun is best known for the caves in the area, including Mammoth Cave and the Dachstein Ice Caves. In the summer, enjoy water sports on the lake, and winter brings snow sports at the nearby ski slope.
Best places to stay in Obertraun
Mid range Hotels in Obertraun
Family Friendly Hotels in Obertraun
Chalet Am Sonnenhang
Affordable Luxury Hotels in Obertraun
Dormio Resort Obertraun
At the other end of Lake Hallstatt is Bad Goisern, a slightly larger town of 8,000 people. With more activities, attractions and accommodation options, this is the perfect family friendly destination in the Hallstatt region. In addition to outdoor recreation such as hiking, biking, skiing and snowboarding, there are museums and nature areas to explore. From Bad Goisern, the beauty of Hallstatt and Obertraun are just a short distance away.
Best places to stay in Bad Goisern
Mid range Hotels in Bad Goisern
Wohlfuhlhotel Goiserer Muhle
One of the larger towns in the Hallstatt region is Bad Ischl, with a population of about 13,000. This is a spa town, and was once the summer holiday resort of the Habsburg Emperor Franz Joseph I. The salt mines which made Hallstatt a profitable town also made Bad Ischl a spa town. There is a little bit of everything in Bad Ischl, including budget friendly accommodation and family friendly activities. There are several museums, and Kaiser Villa, the summer residence, is open for tours. You can also enjoy a round of golf, and a larger selection of restaurants than some of the smaller villages in the Salzkammergut region.
Best places to stay in Bad Ischl
Gosau & Mittertal
Just inland from Hallstatt lie the mountain villages of Gosau and Mittertal. This area is best known for outdoor adventure, and lies on the border between the Austrian states of Upper Austria and Salzburg. This is the best area for tourists visiting the region to partake in downhill skiing. Dachstein West Ski Area has 51 kilometers of slopes served by 23 lifts. There’s also a freestyle snow park and a pretty decent apres-ski scene as well.
Best places to stay in Gosau
Budget Hotels in Gosau
Mid range Hotels in Gosau
Cooee Alpin Hotel Dachstein