The village that inspired ‘Frozen’
As last week was my husband’s birthday, I decided to surprise him with a romantic weekend. After a lot of thinking and internet scrolling, I found the perfect place: Hallstatt, an alpine village at the foot of the mountains and facing a beautiful lake. The online pictures were so amazing that I wanted to give it a try!
We stayed in an amazing hotel called Hallstatt Hideaway located perfectly in the center of the historical village.
The suite was huuuuggggeee (we had the Deluxe Helroz suite)!! It looked like a mini chalet: the charming canopy bed was sitting in the middle of the room, the kitchen was extremely modern and functional and we even had a wood stove (which was perfect as it was raining the first day).
As good French people, we even had brought our fondue machine to enjoy the chalet feeling to its finest.
The place also had a sauna that you could book (be careful though as the jacuzzi appearing on the website pictures is not included in the sauna booking).
I absolutely didn’t regret my choice! We spent our weekend walking the historical streets and enjoyed the overall view from the boat which is crossing to Hallstatt train station (6€ for the round trip).
Side note: on the other side of the lake there is a castle but sadly you cannot visit it as it’s private.
One thing that I would also strongly recommend to do is to take the cable car (Salzberg Standseilbahn) to enjoy the panoramic view of Hallstatt from the top (Skywalk). At the top, you also have the salt mine that was used from the villagers from the Neolithic period and that is still in use today!
We did the tour that was really interesting and fun: one reknown attraction is the longest miners slide that you can experiment of course (our personal record was 31,3km/h). Due to the current regulations, you absolutely need to buy the tickets on their website.
The place is just magical and seems to be straight out of a fairy tale. I was then not surprised to learn that it may have been an inspiration for the village of Arendelle in the Disney film Frozen.
However the place is a victim of its own success. Before the coronavirus pandemic, the village was welcoming up to 10,000 tourists a day!
It got discovered on a South Korean TV show and became so successful that an exact replica of the village was built in the south-eastern province of Guangdong for £700m. If you would like to know more about this, I invite you to read this article.
How to get there
I strongly recommend to take the train from Salzburg (about 2h30) as the center of Hallstatt is solely pedestrian and the parkings are rapidly full. You can then take the boat to cross the lake.