Restaurant Rudolfsturm
Restaurant Rudolfsturm in Winter

Rudolfsturm Hallstatt

World Heritage View in the UNESCO World Heritage Region Dachstein Salzkammergut

Opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Kitchen hours: 11:00 - 15:00
Capacity: 228 people in the outdoor area, 100 people in the indoor area


Opening hours from 23 March 2024:

10:00 - 17:30
Cuisine: 11:00 - 16:30


The Rudolfsturm, proudly situated at the entrance to the Hallstatt salt mountain high valley in Austria, offers a breathtaking view of Hallstatt, Lake Hallstatt and the surrounding mountains of the UNESCO World Heritage area of Hallstatt-Dachstein/Salzkammergut. It has a fascinating history dating back to the late 13th century. Originally built as a medieval defense tower, it served as a permanent residence for the respective mining manager of the Hallstatt salt mine until 1954. Over the centuries, the tower has undergone numerous structural changes and is now used as a gastronomic gem:

On the spacious terrace and in the cozy parlor, visitors from all over the world can not only enjoy typical Austrian cuisine, but also the magnificent panoramic view over the southern part of the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt - a double pleasure in a place steeped in history. A fascinating combination of history, nature and gastronomy awaits visitors at the Rudolfsturm in Hallstatt.

Whether you want to explore the oldest salt mine in the world or take an unforgettable selfie on the "Top of Hallstatt" skywalk with a World Heritage view - the restaurant in the historic defense tower is always worth a visit. Hikers on long-distance hiking trails such as the "BergeSeen Trail", the "SalzAlpenSteig" or the "Salzkammergut Soleweg" have already discovered this culinary rest stop for themselves.

Restaurant Rudolfsturm
Salzbergstraße 1, 4830 Hallstatt
+43 6136/ 88 11

Group Reservation

Groups of 10 people or more are requested to make a reservation.
You can pay on site by card or in cash. Here you will find the menus for groups: 

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Excerpt from the menu

hearty beef soup with garnish of the day
goulash soup with bread rolls
various salads

Main courses:
Wienerschnitzel of pork or turkey with potato salad
pork roast with sauerkraut and bread dumplings
beef goulash with napkin dumplings
salmon trout fillet with parsley potato and green salad
spinach dumplings with cheese sauce and mixed salad

apple strudel with vanilla sauce or whipped cream
curd cheese strudel with vanilla sauce or whipped cream
Sacher cake

You can find more choices and current prices in our menu on site.



The Rudolfsturm, once known as "Ruedolfstain" in the 16th century, has a multifaceted construction history. Its construction is often dated to the year 1284. In the Middle Ages, it served as a defensive tower and was connected to a wooden porch until the 19th century. The south-western structure housed the tailor's room and a kitchen on the first floor, with windows overlooking the Salt Mountain and Hallstatt market. Remodeling work in 1833 brought changes, while the porch, tailor's room and kitchen retained their spatial openness.

The Rudolfsturm underwent further transformations in the 20th century. The tower served as an administrative building until 1954, but then lost its function. It was converted into a restaurant, which meant that the tower was preserved. In the 1960s, the space was extended and a hall was added on the north-east side. This extension fell victim to snow pressure in 2006. As part of the Upper Austrian Provincial Exhibition in 2008, the Rudolfsturm was completely renovated and an extension was added on the mountain side to allow visitors to experience the historic site.

Excursion Tips

Skywalk Hallstatt

Experience thrills and a breathtaking Alpine panorama on the "Skywalk" World Heritage View on the Salzberg in Hallstatt. The impressive viewing platform, which rises 360 meters above the roofs of the UNESCO World Heritage town, offers a spectacular view of the fjord-like Lake Hallstatt, the village of Obertraun and the unique Dachstein panorama. Enjoy this unique perspective of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut - an unforgettable experience for visitors from near and far.

Hallstatt Salt Mine

Explore the salt mine in Hallstatt in comfort with the funicular, which takes you up to 838 meters above sea level in just5 minutes up to 838 meters above sea level. A mountain full of possibilities awaits you at the top, including a fascinating journey through time to discover the "Man in the Salt" or the famous burial ground. Immerse yourself in the history of the miners of Hallstatt and experience the 7,000-year-old tradition of salt mining in the oldest salt mine in the world.

Hike up the Salzberg

Discover the salt mountain in Hallstatt on foot and experience a picturesque hike from the town center or the valley station of the Salzbergbahn. The steeply ascending path winds its way over serpentines directly to the summit in 45-60 minutes. Experience nature up close and personal and create your own unforgettable journey to the Salzberg. Once at the top, you can enjoy the extraordinary World Heritage view.


Contact & Directions

Restaurant Rudolfsturm
Salzbergstraße 14830 Hallstatt
Tel: +43 (0)664/882 80 101


Opening hours: 10:00 - 16:00
Kitchen hours: 11:00 - 15:00
Capacity: 228 people in the outdoor area, 100 people in the indoor area


The Rudolfsturm can be reached with the Salzbergbahn Hallstatt (cable car) or on foot.

by train:
to Hallstatt and by boat across the lake to the Hallstatt Center stop, approx. 5 minutes walk to the Salzbergbahn valley station
by bus:
to Hallstatt and from the bus stop it is about a 3-minute walk
parking spaces:
Bus parking is available for bus groups in Hallstatt.
Private cars can park in one of the paid parking lots in the immediate vicinity of the Salzbergbahn valley station.

Further information can be found here.