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Hallstatt with car

Hello.

We will be in Salzburg for 3 days and will have a car.

Couple of questions to add some efficiency in our travels:

1) Since we are also going to be in Berchtesgaden, which salt mines and caves are better: Allstatt's or Berchtesgaden's. We only want to see these once and obviously will have to choose bettween Allstatt's salt mines and caves and Berchtesgaden's.

2) Since we will be passing the Lake area before getting to Allstatt from Salzburg by car, can we do the Lake area first and then head to Allstatt all in 1 day, if we start early around 8am? or should we dedicate 2 seperate days: 1 for Lake area and 1 for Allstatt?

3) We will be heading to Vienna after visiting Salzburg and areas. How long is the train from Salzburg to Vienna? Which train should we take? (1st timers in Austria).

4) Since we will have a car, how do we do the ferry ride in Allstatt? Is there a car park area close by that we can use before taking the ferry? We heard the ferry ride is not to be missed.

Thanks so much for all your help and suggestions and looking to read your replies!

Edited: 18 May 2014, 11:23
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1. Re: Hallstatt with car

okay. to try and answer your questions..

1 they are much the same, so depending on your time available, just go to whichever one suits best.

2 wolfgangsee area really deserves a full day. there is a ferry there (better than the hallstatt one!). i would suggest parking in st gilgen, and maybe taking the gondola up to the zwolferhorn. then get the ferry to st wolfgang, where you can go on the cog railway up the schafberg if you wish. continue on the ferry to strobl and then back to st wolfgang. if you have time, also drop into fuschl on the fuschlsee, or possibly bad ischl (which could also be done on your hallstatt day)

3 the train could be 20 carriages long! (joke). seriously i havent used the train, but it would depend on the train that yu get. there are slow ones and fast ones. but if you have a car, why not drive? it is only 3 hrs from salzburg. and you could also enjoy the walchau valley area (adding time to your journey)

4 hallstatt is small, and car park is just after the end of the tunnel bypass, on the right. it is at base of saltmine funicular. 10-15 min walk to ferry. but i think that you would enjoy the wolfgangsee ferry more and you could actually be on an old paddle steamer there.

dont forget, there are ice caves also to visit, just past hallstatt, and the five fingers viewpoint. and if you have time returning from hallstatt, take a side trip up to gosausee, only a few miles from hallstatt

whatever you do or wherever you go, i am sure that you will enjoy this whole area

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2. Re: Hallstatt with car

Thanks nakagoli.

We will have a car rental that we will pick up in Salzburg and return to Salzburg. We don't neeed it in Vienna. In addition, it would be considered a 1-way rental and become more expensive at the end if we don't return it in Salzburg. So we will take the train from Salzburg to Vienna, once we return the rental.

We will probably do a cave in 1 place and salt mine in the other, since we will be in both Berchtesgaden

and Allstatt.

thanks so much for your reply here.

Edited: 18 May 2014, 13:33
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