Top things to do

Top Choice European in Hallstatt

Restaurant zum Salzbaron

One of the best gourmet acts in town, the Salzbaron is perched alongside the lake inside the Seehotel Grüner Baum and serves a seasonal pan-European menu – the wonderful local trout features strongly in summer.
Top Choice Cave in Obertraun

Dachstein Caves

Climb to the Dachstein caves (Dachsteinhöhlen) and you’ll find yourself in a strange world of ice and subterranean hollows, extending 80km in some places. The two caves, the Dachstein Eishöhle and the Mammuthöhle, t…
Top Choice Austrian in Obertraun

Restaurant-Pizzeria Simmer

Easily the most atmospheric of all the budget restaurants in the region, this Italo-Austrian place has cosy indoor seating and outdoor tables alongside a gurgling brook. The pizza is great, and there’s ten-pin bowli…
Mine in Hallstatt


The fascinating Salzbergwerk (salt mine) is situated high above Hallstatt on Salzberg (Salt Mountain) and is the lake's major cultural attraction. The bilingual German-English tour details how salt is formed and the…
Austrian in Hallstatt

Balthazar im Rudolfsturm

Balthazar is situated 855m above Hallstatt and has the most spectacular terrace in the region. The menu is Austrian comfort food and the service is charming, but you're here for the gobsmacking views. It's best acce…
Viewpoint in Obertraun


From Obertraun you can catch a cable car to Krippenstein (2109m), where you'll find the 5 Fingers viewing platform, which protrudes over a sheer cliff face in five differently shaped platforms (one is reminiscent of…
Church in Hallstatt


This small ossuary contains rows of neatly stacked skulls, painted with decorative designs and the names of their former owners. Bones have been exhumed from the overcrowded graveyard since 1600, and although the pr…
Museum in Hallstatt

Weltkulturerbe Museum

This multimedia museum covers the region’s history of Iron Age/Celtic occupation and salt mining. All explanations are in German and English. Its Celtic and Roman excavations are still going on beneath sports shop D…
Museum in Hallstatt

Dachsteinsport Janu

The Weltkulturerbe Museum's Celtic and Roman excavation work can be peeked at downstairs in Dachsteinsport Janu, a shop opposite the tourist office. There's an exhibition grave but it's an ongoing project, so there'…