We are pleased to present a new Solo Travel Destination Post from Chen-Chi, a member of the Solo Travel Society on Facebook. Chen-Chi lives in Taiwan, and submitted the following report about Hallstatt and Gosausee. Do you have a solo travel destination that you would like to recommend? Submit your description here, along with a few photos, and share it with fellow travelers!
Solo travel rating: 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult. Please see chart below)
Languages spoken: German, English
Reasons to Visit Hallstatt & Gosausee
Hallstatt, sometimes called “The Real Paradise on Earth,” is a lovely village located on the shore of Hallstätter See (a lake in the Alps) in Upper Austria. Like most parts of this country, it’s very safe for solo travelers. I went to this little paradise from Salzburg by bus in mid-September, a season with rain from time to time, but fewer tourists. I roamed in the village, visited the Bone House, and bumped into some cats along the way. Although I did not plan to visit the salt mine, I wanted to see the panoramic view over Hallstatt Lake by taking the salt mine funicular. Unfortunately, it was closed early at the time so I missed the last ride.
During my stay in Hallstatt, I spent one day in Gosausee. I took a bus and transferred at Gosaumühle. Within one hour, I was transported to another dreamlike location. I had my lunch at the only restaurant in Gosausee and walked around the lake, which was an easy hike, about 1.5 to 2 hours. The water was crystal clear, with a stunning view of Dachstein mountain and glacier in the background. I enjoyed the freshness and tranquility, and watched the lake change from misty to shiny. Good thing I waited the rain out. I took the cable car to see the view over the Gosausee. On my ride down on the cable car, I saw the bus I had planned to take leave earlier than the timetable had indicated. Fortunately, it wasn’t the last one so I spent more time walking around the lake.
Some accommodations in Hallstatt offer stays on a weekly basis only. As it’s getting more well-known and popular, make sure to book at least 6 months in advance during high season for more options.
Solo Travel Destination Rating System
Safety – 1 (1 very safe, 2 safe in most areas, 3 be cautious at all times.)
Language – 2 (1 English is first language, 2 English speakers easy to find, 3 English speakers rare)
Navigation – 1 (1 easy to navigate by transit or car, 2 poor transit, car necessary, 3 not easy to get around)
Culture – 1 (1 Similar to North America or Western Europe, 2 Different from above but relaxed and easy, 3 Challenging)
Average Rating – 1 (1 is easiest, 3 is most difficult)