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Walk through the Echern Valley in Hallstatt


Important information for hikers in Hallstatt's Echerntal

Dear hiking friends, please note that the path (ascent) to the "Waldbachstrub" waterfalls is currently closed. The reason is forestry work. It is not yet foreseeable how long the ascent to the waterfalls will be closed. The path to the other waterfall in the Echern Valley, called "Schleierfall", is accessible. All other hiking trails in Hallstatt's Echerntal are also open. We wish you a relaxing time in the wild and romantic nature reserve. Your editorial team

Brief information in advance

The Echern Valley (in German "Echerntal") offers everyone a break far away from the tourist crowds and is also a hot tip for all those who want to take beautiful landscape photos with their mobile phone. The tour is easy and can be done with strollers.

Enjoy Hallstatt in a relaxed way

Whether on long hikes or leisurely walks - the Echerntal in Hallstat is just the right thing for all those who are looking for peace and relaxation in the hectic everyday life. And especially the relaxed round from the Grabfeldweg via the Brandbachweg and Echerntalweg is one of the most beautiful routes through the Echerntal for guests and hosts. Also ideal as an evening circular route, or as a cool walk.

From the P1 car park in Echerntal

We start our tour at the small "Calvary Church" above Hallstatt. Below is the central car park P1. From here, the shady grave field path leads us, especially on hot summer days, past the Vesperbild Chapel through the impressive nature.

The small forest chapel was built between 1700 and 1710 in the course of the construction of the "Kalvarienbergkirch!e" by Franz and Maria von Sumating (k.k. court clerk). The chapel was destroyed in 1802 by a rockslide from the Hirlatzwand and rebuilt in the same year. When the chapel fell victim to another rockfall in 1855, it was not rebuilt until three years later, in 1858.

Through the shady forest

The "Grabfeldweg" from the Vesperbild to the "Mariedlerwiese" (now the municipal building yard) was built in the 1930s, at the time of the Great Depression, by the then "Beautification Association" in cooperation with the Hallstatt Museum Association. During this time, the museum association also employed unemployed people for the research excavations on the Salzberg. At the beginning and end of the path, piggy banks were attached to the trees for donations for the maintenance of the path and to finance the excavation on the Salzberg. The name Grabfeldweg is misleading, because the famous burial ground is located on the Salzberg. The name "Hallerwaldweg" would be more appropriate. At the end of the path we get back on the asphalt road and follow the Malerweg straight ahead for about 100 meters. Now you have to keep to the left, because this is where the Brandbachweg begins.

Along the stone stream

The mostly dry stream bed of the "Brandbach" only carries water during extreme amounts of precipitation on the Dachstein high plateau. For the locals, this is a sign of flood danger. Several springs at the foot of the Hirlatzwand act as an overflow for the water-bearing karst cavities of the mighty mountain called "Hirlatz". The upper and lower Brandbach caves are connected to the neighbouring Hirlatz cave. The "Hirlatz Cave" (Hirlatz cove) is the second longest cave in Austria (as of 2014), more than 100km have been surveyed so far.

Return via the "Echerntalweg"

At the end of the Brandbachweg we turn right a few meters down the road. Now we are parting ways. We follow the road to the left over the Waldbachbrü

Safety Tips for Hikers

Admittedly, the landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut is the absolute pinnacle for hiking fans, mountain enthusiasts and nature lovers—unforgettable tours to incredibly beautiful mountain lodges and meadows, panorama views as far as the eye can see and cherished moments that will last a lifetime! However, you should remember that while hiking you might find yourself in high-alpine terrain. We’ve put together some resources to assist you: how to best prepare for your tour, recommended items for your backpack and steps to take in an emergency situation. Remember to always play it safe and enjoy your hiking adventure in the Salzkammergut!

Warning: Closed trails
Better to know before you go

Hiking trails in the Salzkammergut can be closed for various reasons. To help you prepare for your hike, we have set up a page with current road closures in the region. This will help you get to your destination without any detours or stress. Click here to visit the page...

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Free accommodations for your hiking holiday in the Salzkammergut

Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.