Where It's At
Hallstatt is a truly beautiful village - quaint
houses nestled into the surrounding mountains where people
smile and wave as you pass by them in the street.
Our Journey Path (as featured in Treks in a
Zay starts his kayaking journey west of Hallstatt to
explore the beautiful Hallstatt Lake. Along the way he is
taught the correct way to paddle and keep the boat stable
from his guide. Kayaking is a sport that can be done even
if you have little previous experience, although you should
always ensure you go out with an experienced guide. Don't
forget a lifejacket!
- Being in the middle of a beautifully peaceful valley, surrounded
by imposing peaks.
- Testing your strength and endurance on the sometimes rough
waters of the area.
- Catching a view of the picturesque village of Hallstatt
from the surrounding lake.
Did you know?
- The lakes of Hallstatt are famous for being a Nazi
dumping ground known as 'The Devil's Dustbin'. Near the end
of World War Two, the retreating Nazi armies threw several
objects into the surrounding lakes. Today many divers spend
time continuing to hunt for these valuable relics. Gold bars,
Nazi weapons, medals and other paraphernalia have all been
- Salzerkammergut is also well known for the mining
of salt, the history of which dates back thousands of years.
Salt mines are located outside Hallstatt, and you can climb
to see the pipeline which transports the salt. The oldest
working saltmine in the world is just near Hallstatt and is
open from May to September.
- The amazing green waters of the lakes derive from the fact
that it is glacier water.