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Germany, Austria & Czech Republic. Pt 3.

Austria, Day 5 – Salzburg to Hallstatt

Quick Links to : Gruner Baum Hotel  Hallstatt Bahnhst  Hallstatt Lahn  Welter Beblick Heritage View  Photo Spot  

Left our hotel by pre booked taxi to Salzburg Hbf for our 11:12 a.m. InterCity (IC) train to Hallstatt requiring a change to a Regional Express (REX) train at Attnang Puchheim. Advanced tickets were purchased through OBB at €50.20 for 2 persons. For a further €6, we booked 2 seats on the IC train. Again, there was no option for seat selection. There is only one stop at Vocklabruck from Salzburg to Attnang Puchheim. This segment takes 46 minutes. You only purchase 1 ticket from Salzburg to Hallstatt not 2 separate segment tickets.

At Attnang Puchheim, the REX train will be waiting for your connection to Hallstatt. You do need to hurry as you have about 11 minutes to do so. A change of platform is required and this is done through the underground bypass. If you originated from Salzburg, the train to Hallstatt will be heading to what seems back to the direction where you came from. Don’t worry, you’re on a different track and you’re on the right direction. On REX trains, it’s free seating and toilet facilities are available.

OBB ticket

The rather simplistic OBB on-line train ticket. From Salzburg Hbf to Hallstatt with a train change at Attnang Puchheim.


This is the seat reservation ticket. Has more details than the ticket itself. Coach 19, seats 105 & 106.

OBB train seats OBB Train

Unlike Railjet, seats in OBB IC & REX trains are 6 seats to a cabin basis.


Train to Hallstatt

Train route from Salzburg Hbf to Hallstatt Bahnhst with a change of train at Attnang Puchheim.

From Attnag Puchheim, there will be about 10 stops to Hallstatt. So observe the stop/station signboard. It will take 1 hour 24 minutes to reach Hallstat train stop (Hallstatt Bahnhst). The train stop is just that, a stop with a stretch of platform without shelter.

There’s a small ‘office’ at the end of the platform but looks deserted. There seems to be no ticket machine or counter. Those requiring return or onwards ticket, better buy them at your originating station.

Walk pass the office turn right and walk down 50m to the nearby jetty where a waiting boat will take you across the lake to Hallstatt town (Hallstatt Markt) boat jetty. The one way trip cost €2.40 and you pay on board. There will always be a boat waiting for the train. The boat will arrive earlier before the train arrival for departing passengers.

Hallstatt bahnhof

Hallstatt Bahnhst. Walk past the ‘office’, turn right to go down to the boat jetty.             Credit:panoramio.com

Hallstatt boat jetty

The waiting boat at the jetty.                                                       Credit : outdooractive.com

Once you are on the boat and nearing Hallstatt town ferry stop (Hallstatt Markt), you will be awe by the charm of this small township. It’s a short 10 minutes boat ride and you would want to take as many photos to cherish later on. What you used to see on postcards, screen savers and calendars is now right in-front of you.

Hallstatt Markt 1

Hallstatt as you approach by boat.


The simple boat jetty (Markt 1) at Hallstatt town where you will alight from the boat.

Hallstatt Bahnhst

Hallstatt Bahnhst with the waiting boat as seen from Gruner Baum hotel.

We’ve made booking at Hotel Gruner Baum which is a short distance from the jetty. Alighting the boat, walk straight about 45m turn left and another 45m to your left is the hotel. We were given room 106 on the first floor facing the town square. What a perfect room with a perfect view. The room itself is super spacious with up-scale amenities.

Gruner Baum Hallstatt

Gruner Baum Hotel. Right in the town square. Hallstatt lake at the back. Choose the room with your preferred view.

Gruner Baum room

Room 106, 1st floor. Floors are heated.

Gruner Baum Hotel balcony.

View right out of our balcony overlooking the town square.

After a couple hour’s rest, with the drizzle showing no sign of stopping, armed with umbrellas, we ventured Hallstatt’s square and it’s vicinity.

Hallstat Hallstatt
Hallstatt Heritage Hotel

Austria, Day 6 – Hallstatt

With the light drizzle continuing on-and-off and tomorrow we’ll be leaving for Cesky Krumlov, we set to walk from our hotel to Hallstatt Lahn where the bus stop, 2nd jetty & public car parking are located. It’s a 650m, 10 minutes brisk walk. As you walk, on your left is the lake and on your right are houses built on the hillside. Charming scenery as can be seen from the following photos.


Hallstatt narrow streets.

Hallstatt hillside homes

Hallstatt hillside homes.

Hallstatt hillside homes

Hallstatt hillside homes.

Hallstatt lake

Hallstatt lake.

Once you reached this small flower round-about, you’ve reached Hallstatt Lahn. Those taking public transport and inter-city shuttle, will embark and disembark here. Private and public vehicles are not allowed to enter Hallstatt town proper. If you drive, you will have to park your vehicle at the paid public parking area further up. Hallstatt town do have van shuttle service to take you to your hotel in Hallstatt town proper but you have to make prior arrangement with your hotel.

Hallstatt Lahn roundabout

Hallstatt Lahn ‘flower’ roundabout.

Hallstatt Lahn car park

Hallstatt Lahn short duration car park near the bus stop.

Hallstatt Posbus

Postbus waiting for passengers.

Hallstatt Lahn

The 2nd boat jetty near the bus station.

Within 5 minutes walking distance from the bus stop, is the funicular station up to the hilltop restaurant and a further walk (quite a distance really), to the salt mine. You buy your funicular ticket and/or the salt mine ticket here. A return funicular ticket cost €13 and we only choose to go up to the viewing platform below the restaurant. After you exit the funicular, walk straight and to your right take the elevator up the panoramic bridge. Then make your way to the platform just below the restaurant. It’s called the Welterbeblick world heritage view.

The ‘V’-shaped steel platform protrudes from the mountain side 360 meters above Hallstatt. The structure weighs about 200 tons and 60 cubic meters of concrete were used as counterweight to make the platform a secure “floating” platform. Anyone venturing onto the platform will be rewarded with a spectacular and panoramic view of Hallstatt and it’s World Heritage region.

Hallstatt map
Hallstatt Markt to Hallstatt Lahn to funicular station. Don’t be intimidated by the distance. It looks far on the map but all within casual walking distance except Halstatt Bahnhst ….. you’ll need to swim there.

Hallstatt funicular
The funicular station and ticket counter at the foothill.

Hallstatt Rudolfsturm
Panoramic bridge to the restaurant just above the viewing platform.

Hallstatt world heritage view
The way leading to the viewing platform.

Hallstatt world heritage view
Hallstatt world heritage viewing platform. The mist makes us feel we are in the clouds.

Hallstatt world heritage view
Wiffy having the world heritage viewing platform all to herself.

Hallstatt town 360 meters below. Our room at Gruner Baum and the town square clearly visible.

We ended our activity for the day just admiring the charm of Hallstatt as we walked back from the funicular station to our hotel. Of-course, we didn’t miss to photograph Hallstatt’s several favorite landmarks.

Hallstatt town square
Hallstatt town square.

View from Hallstatt Markt
View from Hallstatt Markt towards the hillside.

View from Hallstatt Lahn
View of Hallstatt Markt from Hallstatt Lahn.

Where’s the favorite photo spot in Hallstatt? It’s just 10 minutes walk by paved road from the town square for that unmistakable shot of Hallstatt.

Hallstat photo spot

That classic shot of Hallstatt from the photo spot.

Germany, Austria & Czech Republic. Pt 2.

Austria, Day 3 – Munich to Salzburg.
DB Bahn  Star Inn Hotel  Hohensalzburg Fortress  Hangar 7  Halal food

Checked out of our hotel and took a leisurely 5 minutes walk to Munich Hbf for our 11:34 am train to Salzburg. Tickets were purchased on-line from DB Bahn more than 1 month in advance. Cost for an advanced purchase ticket for 2 persons is €29. Just to ensure we get seats, for an additional €4.50 per person, you can reserve yours. Unfortunately, seat selection during the reservation process was not possible and we were allocated seats 101 & 102 in coach 21 automatically.

DB Bahn ticket
Our on-line DB Bahn ticket.

The booking was for Railjet (ICE) Inter City Express train and there were no stops in between. Traveling time was a smooth 1 hour 28 minutes with a top speed reaching 150 km/h. A little disappointed as the scenery along the tracks wasn’t as picturesque as anticipated.

Railjet ICE
Railjet at Munich Hbf.

Being our first time taking train in Europe, we were a little puzzled why the train doors are shut, when few passengers can be seen already seated inside. Only later did we noticed that you need to press the button on the door to open it. Luckily we did not seat around and wait, as the trains are electrically operated and would have rolled out silently if you were not aware.

Train door button
Press the button to open the train door.

Railjet ICE seats
Seats in the Railjet.

Numbered and unnumbered seats are in different coaches. There are storage area for your bigger luggage and overhead storage for smaller ones. The coach has chairs with table for those who require to do work and also chairs without. Refreshment can be bought from the push cart trolley attendant. Toilet facilities are available.

Salzburg Hbf
Salzburg Hbf.

From Salzburg Hbf, we took a taxi (€8) to downtown Star Inn Hotel Salzburg Gablerbrau where we stayed for 2 nights. Not wasting much time, we then headed for Mirabell Gradens about 5 minutes walk away. It’s mid October and the flowers were still blooming and what a beautiful sight. The Hohensalzburg fortress about 2 km away can be seen clearly in the background.

Mirabell garden
Route from Star Inn to Mirabell garden.

Mirabell garden.Hohensalzburg fortress on the hill 2 km away in the back ground overlooking Salzburg town & Mirabell garden.

Mirabell garden
Mirabell garden.

Mirabell garden
Mirabell garden.

From Mirabell gardens we crossed river Salzach using the Makartsteg pedestrian bridge over to the other side of town. From the bank of the river or on the bridge to your left, you’ll have a great view of the Hohensalzburg fortress whilst on your right you’ll see the Museum of Modern Art.

Salzburg walking trail
Walking trail from our hotel to Mirabell garden onwards to Mozart’s birth place.

Hohen Salzburg
Hohensalzburg fortress on the hilltop.

Museum of Modern Arts
Towards your right, on the hilltop is the Museum of Modern Arts.

Over to the other side, a walk on Getreidegasse street will take you to Mozart’s birth place, building No 9. Just beside this premise is Nordsee seafood outlet, where we had our early dinner before we ventured a little bit more around the area before returning to our hotel.

Getreidegasse street
Getreidegasse street, Salzburg.

Mozart birth place
Mozart’s birthplace. No: 9, Getreidegasse.


Austria, Day 4 – Salzburg

Today, after the drizzle eases, we went up to the Museum of Modern Arts. We took the lift up to the museum from the foothill for €2.10. As you exit the lift at the top, go outside the glass door and have a panoramic view of Salzburg. Avid photographers should not miss this photo spot. The views are worth more than the €2.10 you paid.

Museum of Modern Arts
Exterior of the Museum of Modern Arts.

Hohen Salzburg fortress
View of Salzburg from Museum of Modern Arts.

Hohen Salzburg fortress
Views you get for €2.10

From the Museum of Modern Arts, we trekked through the woods to Hohensalzburg fortress which is about 1km away. A slow leisurely walk along the narrow paved roads will take you about 35 minutes to reach the fortress and you will descend to the other side of town taking another 15 minutes to do so. If you have the time, this is one fantastic experience no travel agent will have in their itinerary nor many locals knows about.

Salzburg trekking
Trekking route from Museum of Modern Arts to Hohensalzburg fortress and descend to town. Google says 3 minutes drive, but a slow leisurely walk of 35 minutes.

Salzburg woods
You’ll first walk through this beautiful woods right after leaving the Museum.

Into this short tunnel.

Fortress wall
And out this way what seems to be like a fortress wall but isn’t Hohensalzburg.

Salzburg view
At this point, you’ll see the other side of Salzburg with the airport control tower (middle) in the distance.

Woods walkway
Continuing further, you’ll see this walkway. I presume this is the way up from the other ‘side’ of Salzburg.

Salzburg house
Pass this house (mini castle?).

The foothill of Hohensalzburg.

Hohensalzburg downhill
Downhill descend that will take you to Salzburg University and onwards to University Square where you’ll end up at the back portion of Mozart’s birthplace.

Later in the evening, we spent time traveling to Hangar 7, a musuen owned by Red Bull. It will be wise to get your hotel to call them to check whether they are opened to the public as they do close for private functions. Don’t rely on Hangar 7 website for updates.

Take bus No. 10 at Hanuschplatz Zentrum bus stop across the Makartsteg pedestrian bridge and drop off at Pressezentrum/Kuglhof. The journey is about 20 minutes and cost €2.50 one way. The bus will stop about 50m from Hangar 7. You can actually see it from the bus stop. Hangar 7 is situated on the opposite side the Salzburg airport and you can observe planes landing and taking-off.

Hangar7 bus route
The bus route from Hanusch to Pressezentrum/Kuglhof.

As you alight from the bus, looking ahead, you’ll see Hangar 7.                 Credit : mylongwaydown.wordpress.com

 Hangar 7
Front view and entrance to Hangar 7.

What are displayed at Hangar 7 are all types of Red Bull sponsored sport vehicles. What prides me most at Hangar 7, are several Formula 1 cars with ‘Malaysia’ & ‘Petronas’ on them.

Whilst Malaysia … is my country, Petronas is our country’s petroleum conglomerate. Although Petronas currently sponsors the Mercedes F1 team, they co-sponsored with Red Bull the Sauber F1 team previously.

Petronas F1
‘Malaysia’ & ‘Petronas’ in a private museum in another country.

Red Bull F1
A futuristic covered cockpit Red Bull F1 car?

Hangar 7 dome
Overview of Hangar 7.

Red Bull jet pack suit
Red Bull jet pack suit.

Hangar 7 alien
This ‘alien’ made out of scrap parts attracted my attention. Or did I attracted his attention?

And a must visit to another ‘section’ of Hangar 7 …… the wash room. There are no tissues at the wash basins, just hand towels. You discard them into the bins.

Hangar 7 Hangar 7
Hangar 7 Hangar 7

With regards to halal restaurant in Salzburg, we came across one at Linzer Gasse 36. It’s called ‘Tokyo Japan’ restaurant but we didn’t eat there though as we had dinner at Nordsee. You can read about this joint in this blog. If you google, there are a few more halal restaurant around.

Tokyo Japanese restaurant Tokyo Japanese restaurant

Tokyo Japanese restaurant
Tokyo Japan halal Restaurant.