Needless to say,the main aim for this trip was to visit Hallstatt,one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites.Guessed many would have seen that mainstream view on Instagram but I wanted to see it with my own eyes.
Flying into Salzburg (nearest to Hallstatt) or Vienna will be expensive since flights at those airports aren't as regular.The best way if flying into the area might be to fly into Munich (cost me about $110 sgd) and then take a bus (15 euros, meinfernbus) or trains to Salzburg.Check out the Bayern ticket too.
Directions to Hallstatt from Salzburg
1. Get to Salzburg bus station - that is next to Salzburg main train station (Salzburg Hbf - Salzburg Hauptbahnof) - or any bus stop for BUS 150 to Bad Ischl.
2. Take a BUS 150, to take Route from Salzburg train station to Bad Ischl.
Landscape view of Austria from the Bus
- Bus departures the Salzburg train/bus station at 08:15am
- Cost is 10.10e/person (one way) - pay to driver
- Bus arrives in the Bad Ischl bus station at 9:50am
- Make sure you sit on left side of the bus so you can get great landscape views during the bus trip.
- Bad Ischl bus station locates next to Bad Ischl train station.
3. Train from Bad Ischl to Hallstatt
Bad Ischl Train and Bus station
Train departures at 10:20am
Cost is 3.70e per person (one way) - buy a ticket from Bad Ischl train station if you have not bought it already - cashier or ticket machine.
NOTE: Buy return ticket from Hallstatt to Bad Ischl at the same time. Hallstatt train station is only "small" house with only one slow ticket machine - if there is a lot tourists without tickets, you might miss the
Make sure you sit on the right side of the train – to get better landscape views during the short train trip.
Train arrives in the Hallstatt train station at 10:47am.
4. Ferry from Hallstatt Train station
- In the Hallstatt train station, walk down to near lake (15m) and wait for the local ferry boat.
- Ferry - (actually it's just boat) - cost 2.50e per person (one way) - Pay to boat's cashier.
- Ferry times are related to train - it should not take long - perhaps 5-10min when ferry arrives.
Return trip from Hallstatt to Salzburg is simply the reverse.
Accommodation in Hallstatt is limited and rather expensive so its really just too bad.Definitely worth staying a night there in my opinion,lots more to do in the summer than in the winter. (eg; salt mines,ice caves,trekking)
I stayed in Yoho International Hostel which comes at a reasonable price and good location.Best christmas market I've visited in my opinion.If you are into music and their history,Salzburg is the place for you.Otherwise,not worth spending too many nights in the city itself.
Spent just half a day in Munich which I thought was enough.There really isn't much in Munich that I'm interested in.You can take a train to the concentration camps from the central station though.Becareful of weird characters at the main train station,pickpockets lurk around there.Had a mini incident myself but luckily nothing was stolen.