Winter in Hallstatt

After leaving Germany, Emily and I headed to Hallstatt. A UNESCO World Heritage site, and Austria’s oldest village, it is one of the most impossibly beautiful places I have ever seen. Still hard to believe we were really there!

Where: Hallstatt, Austria

When: December 2016

Stayed: Heritage Hotel Hallstatt

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We stayed at the Heritage Hotel Hallstatt, perched right over the lake, and located next to the town square. Our room had a gorgeous balcony, and was in the Kainz House. Our first night, we ate dinner in the Im Kainz restaurant, where I attacked a heaping plate of spätzle – so good! Breakfast was also served in that restaurant, and it was so gorgeous watching the rain and fog float over the lake while we sipped our coffee.

Right behind the hotel was the classic village viewpoint, with 16th century Alpine houses leading the way.

Wandering through town was so much fun. We sipped pine schnapps from Schnaps & Holz, spent a rainy afternoon drinking beer and eating schnitzel at Brau-gasthof Lobisser, and handpicked beautiful ornaments and other holiday treasures from the local shops. The salt mines and gondola weren’t open while we were there, so we are adding that to our list for our next time! Our second evening was spent at Zum Salzbaron, where we had the most delicious meal. Truly one of the best. Fresh pasta (there were some Italian flavors in Hallstatt given its proximity), seafood caught from the lake, and hefty wine pours (as seen below, haha)!

Thank you for the most beautiful winter visit, Hallstatt. Until next time, Austria!


  1. This place looks so dreamy…a quintessential Winter Wonderland!

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