Boat rides in ancient wooden boats
Would you like to experience something very special during your holiday in the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut? Then check-in on one of the traditional salt boats. Nowadays, rather than transporting salt, these traditional boats ferry guests from around the world over the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt from Hallstatt to Obertraun.
These unique traditional boats, named “Fuhren” (punts) was once used to transport the salt (formerly referred to as "white gold") which was mined from the world’s oldest salt mine in Hallstatt, over Lake Hallstatt and then continuing on the Traun to the Danube. This resulted in the historical profession of the salt skipper. Today, the "Fuhren" run daily, during the summer and offer the perfect opportunity to experience the lake during an approximately one-hour roundtrip or 15 minute crossing.
There’s plenty to experience on the wold wooden boats!
Take the "Fuhr" from Hallstatt to the Seecafe in Obertraun for coffee and homemade cakes, or after an unforgettable day of hiking along the “Ostuferwanderweg” from the "Seerauzn" restaurant back to Obertraun or Hallstatt. Of course you can also go from Obertraun to Hallstatt and vice versa.
Furthermore, you can use the “Fuhrs” as a means of transport across the world famous lake and continue on foot, or other means of transport to reach the romantic Market Square in Hallstatt, small winding streets, the Catholic Church with its widely famous ossuary, the Dachstein Ice Caves in Obertraun or the breatktaking "Five Fingers" viewing platform - more than 300 metres above the abyss.
In this particular way of traveling you can appreciate the uniqueness of Lake Hallstatt, nestled between the mountains, and feel the power of the water during the silent crossing