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!
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.
Come aboard! Boating back to yesteryear
Take an extraordinary ride on Lake Hallstatt with NAVIA, and turn back time. In a Zille, sister to those that transported the “white gold” from Hallstatt’s Salzberg, or Salt Mountain, into the wider world 500 years ago. The Zille is a historical boat type with a flat bottom. However, a Zille of the form typical for this area of Austria, the Salzkammergut, is called a Plätte or a Fuhre (“Fua”). Fuhren were working boats that once plied the waters of Lake Hallstatt and the River Traun. NAVIA will allow you to experience the unique appeal of this bygone era in a novel, wonderful way on board one of our hand-crafted, faithful reproductions of a historical Fuhre. . The fleet currently consists of two Zillen, both 12 metres long and 1.8 metres wide. A boatman with a steady hand will accompany you on your ride. Along the way, he will relate stories from the history of the region around the lake. And tell you just about everything you want to know about Hallstatt, the lake and the Zillen.
Bus instead of train - rail replacement service in the World Heritage
Dear rail travellers! From 29th September to 10th October 2018, the train connection between the stations "Steeg-Gosau" and "Stainach-Irdning" will be closed due to construction. Affected are also the stations of Hallstatt and Obertraun. A rail replacement service will be provided. Expect delays! The station of Bad Goisern is not affected by the closure! The ferry service between "Hallstatt train station" and "Hallstatt market" (centre) will also be suspended during this time. As an alternative for hikers on the "Ostuferwanderweg" we recommend the quaint salt ship "Navia". Note for all cyclists: The transport of bicycles in buses of the rail replacement service is not possible! Have a good trip!