Lake Hallstatt (in German Hallstättersee) is the most famous tourist attraction among the 14 lakes in the Salzkammergut region of Austria. Everyone who has been to the Lake Hallstatt will have the illusion of entering a fairy tale world. Lake Hallstatt is located in northwestern Austria and is a typical moraine lake.
Although the lake area is only 8.55km², the maximum depth is 125 meters, and it is a holy place for scuba diving because the water is deep and clear. The lakeside town of Hallstatt, known as "the most beautiful town in the world," is also one of the most popular travel destinations in Austria. The town is prosperous because of salt, and the ancient salt mines on the mountain are very worth visiting.
Overlooking the town and the lake from the hill, every perspective has been featured on postcards. The dramatic increase in tourists in recent years has also plagued the town's residents in daily life. Here the post will introduce the Lake Hallstatt in advance.
Lake Hallstatt Introduction
Hallstaetter See (47°34’26.8''N, 13°39’26.3''E) is an alpine lake in the Salzkammergut district in Upper Austria, at 508 meters (1,667 ft) above the sea level. The lake has an elongated shape, which extends over a length of about 8 km from north to south, bordered by three World Heritage Sites: Bad Goisern, Obertraun, and Hallstatt. The lake belongs to the same catchment as lake Traunsee. Hallstatt is the oldest town in Austria, at an altitude of 511 meters, and was listed as a "World Cultural Heritage" by UNESCO in 1997. It is a place to enjoy and pause all year round. Let yourself be seduced by the magical, mystical Lake Hallstatt.
Lake Hallstatt Size
- The lake basin area is 8.6 square km (3.30 sq mi) with a maximum length of 5.9 km (3.7 mi) and a maximum width of 2.3 km (1.4 mi); it has a water volume of 557 x 106 cubic meters.
- On the Ostuferwanderweg, you also pass a suspension bridge, which is located above the deepest point of Lake Hallstatt: 125 meters (410 ft).
|Elevation||508 m (1,667 ft)|
|Primary inflows||Traun River|
|Primary outflows||Traun River|
|Max. length||5.9 km (3.7 mi)|
|Max. width||2.3 km (1.4 mi)|
|Surface area||8.6 square km (3.30 sq mi)|
|Max. depth||125 m (410 ft)|
|Volume||557 x 106 cubic meters|
Hallstatt region holds the Eucharist procession every June. Because the town road is very narrow, mass is usually held on the lake. The flower-decorated salt-carrying boats have altars, bishops, altarpieces, and choirs, and the boats are festooned with church flags woven with people in various traditional costumes.
Another unique tradition is the Chapel of Bones, a weird burial custom. According to locals, the remains of all deceased people will be removed from their graves after ten years of burial, then placed in the Chapel of Bones, a cave on the mountain. You can see these piles of human skulls in person at the Chapel of Bones.
Once you have visited it, you can never forget this natural feat. Hallstatt has a warm climate and is suitable for travel all year round. The peaks of more than 3,000 meters above sea level and the clear lakes have turned the lakeside town into a paradise on earth. On the shores of Hallstatt, you will fully enjoy traditional Austrian architecture and charming attractions. The lake is best seen from a hike in the mountains or traveling on a boat, but those looking for an unconventional experience can take guided diving lessons from Hallstatt.