We’re open on Friday 29 May 2020!

Cable Car Krippenstein
Cable Car Krippenstein

So after our forced closure due to ‘you know what’ … we are able to open our doors again from Friday!

It may be a different world in some respects, but we are delighted that guests can once again travel (just from Austria at the moment, but soon to be other countries as more borders open) and enjoy some space, beautiful nature on the doorstep and a chance to relax.

The local cable cars are also opening up, so a visit to the mountain top above Landhaus Lilly is once again accessible:


We have some additional information about changes that we are taking due to Covid, (which could of course change at short notice) – but we will aim to keep you updated!

Landhaus Lilly COVID information

Happy Travels!

Early morning cycle ride to Hallstatt …

Totally inspired by one of our lovely guest's amazing pictures - there followed a VERY early (😱🤩) pre-sunrise cycle ride to Hallstatt, the very next day!!

Here are ​a ​couple of pictures from this wonderful early morning adventure

​It can be pretty busy in Hallstatt - but, pre-dawn, the crowds have not yet arrived - and you can 'almost' have Hallstatt to yourself.  

​There were a few other dedicated / early photographers (including a professional photographer with a bride in her white gown, and her groom in front of the famous Hallstatt church view) - but it was peaceful, relaxing and altogether a worthwhile trip!

Getting to Hallstatt from Landhaus Lilly

There are a number of options to reach Hallstatt (5 km away) from Landhaus Lilly
(all timings are approximate)

Car 5 minutes drive to Hallstatt.  There is no direct vehicle access to the village centre, so use the local car parks, which are all payable.  P2 is the closest to the village (not open in the winter months).  Parking in P1 and P3 are also available.  In the summer, with many tourist visiting Hallstatt, you may wish to go earlier or later in the day if you want to get a parking space … or try out one of the options below …

Bus (7 minutes walk to bus stop + 6 minutes bus journey) *

Walking option 1  (1 hour) walking on the pavements at the side of the road

Walking option 2 (50 minutes) walk to Hallstatt train station, plus ferry (10 minutes) from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt village

Walking option 3 (20 minutes) walk to Obertraun train station, plus train (3 minutes) to Hallstatt train station, plus ferry (10 minutes) from Hallstatt train station to Hallstatt village

Bike (25 minutes) on the bike pathway at the side of the road (we also rent bikes during the summer and autumn months)

Taxi approx 15 Euros one way for a taxi (up to 9 people)

* NB there are no buses late in the evening and during the summer months, the later buses bring you back to Obertraun Traunbrucke (20 minutes walk from Landhaus Lilly)

Krippenstein cable car ride (or walk!) to the first station – the Schönbergalm

The Krippenstein mountain, which rises up to over 2,000m behind Landhaus Lilly, is one of the big attractions when people visit our area. From our front door, you can arrive at the valley cable car station in just three minutes by car, or in 15 minutes if you are walking.  The cable car does not operate all year round, but is great for spring, summer and autumn hiking and for winter skiing and snow shoeing – click here for opening times.

There are actually three sections of the cable car … and the first cable car takes 60 people at a time up from the valley station to the first station, called the Schönbergalm.  This has amazing views of Lake Hallstatt, Obertraun and the surrounding area.  From here you can either continue your journey to the top of the mountains, or stay at this level enjoy guided tours of the Ice Cave and/or the Mammoth Cave.

Staying at this level to visit the caves, you need to book your place and register for the next guided tour, and then make your way to the cave entrance: the Ice Cave has 15 minute walk up hill to the cave entrance, and has approx 500 steps inside the cave; whereas the Mammoth Cave has a level walk to the cave entrance and is easier to walk around.

Information to help plan for the tours and answer some questions can be found here: Visiting the Ice Cave and Visiting the Mammoth Cave

For keen walkers, it is also possible to have a lovely walk to the Schönbergalm from Landhaus Lilly (or from the cable car station car park).  The pathway takes you on a zig-zag path beneath the cable car itself. (If you take the cable car and look out underneath, you can hardly think it would be possible to follow a path up this route!) But take a couple of walking poles with you, some water and after perhpas a couple of hours, you can happily reach the first cable car station on foot 😉

Most people will opt for the cable car ride … and here’s an idea of the view as you ascend to the first cable car station …

And here are a few photos I took on my walk from Landhaus Lilly up to the Schönbergalm …

20 Photos to inspire you to travel to Austria!


Photo Opportunities in Austria

Guests and visitors to our region are overwhelmed with stunning photo opportunities.  And of particular interest is nearby Hallstatt.  Many guests from the UK have not heard of this ancient, picturesque village clinging to the hillside – and yet for guests from further afield, it’s a ‘must see’ location, along with Vienna and Salzburg.

Click below and take a quick look at the following photos / article – showing what’s photographically possible during the month of October!

Byrne Photography – Austria – Resource Travel

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