Lake Hallstatt is one of the best known land marks in the Inner Salzkammergut. This lake has been described as having a "personality all of its own".
A classic example of a geographical feature formed at the end of the Ice Age. Nestles between the steep slopes of the Hallstatt and Obertraun mountains, and extends towards Bad Goisern. The lake has an area of 8.58 square kilometres, making it the fifth largest in the Salzkammergut.
The natural beauty of the lake was coincidental to former employees of the historic salt mines in Hallstatt. The lake was first and foremost a means of transporting precious goods - salt.
Nowadays the lake is very important to the tourist industry. The Hemetsberger family offer pleasure cruises, and a regular ferry service transports visitors to and from Hallstatt Railway Station.
Lake Hallstatt is a popular destination for sport and relaxation. There are numerous hikes and walks around the lake and in the surrounding mountains. Water temperature reaches up to 23 degrees, making a dip in the lake an ideal way to cool down on hot summer days. There are plenty of bathing areas along the lake between Obertraun and Bad Goisern. Access is free of charge. Swimming in the heart of this World Cultural Heritage Region, famous for its outstanding natural beauty, is an absolute joy.
There are designated bathing areas in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern and Obertraun.