Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

Echern Valley

Hiking news for Hallstatt:
Path to waterfall "Waldnachstrub"closed

Dear hiking friends and nature lovers, the climb to the waterfall "Waldnachstrub in the Echern valley is currently closed. The ban lasts until 31st December 2023. There is no detour. The other hiking trails in the valley are accessible without restrictions. Thank you for your understanding! Your editorial team.

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Glacial Hollows and Magical Spots

If you want to really breathe deeply, allow calm to overtake you or simply enjoy a discovery adventure with the family, then there’s nothing better than the romantic Echern Valley in Hallstatt. Far away from the hectic tourist zone, the charm of this narrow valley between the powerful Hirlatz Mountain and the steep Echern Wall stems from the many sights that it has to offer. The extraordinary Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) with its monuments from the last Ice Age and the majestic Waldbachstrub Waterfall count as two of the most beautiful destinations during a visit to Hallstatt in the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut.

Enkoy and relax

However, you need to allow plenty of time; the Echern Valley is not for short-term tourists in a hurry but rather something for true nature enthusiasts! In the nineteenth century, numerous painters and writers took inspiration from this impressive landscape at the foot of the Dachstein. We strongly recommend sturdy footwear for the approximately three to four hour tour (dependent on the length of stops at sights). This time belongs to you! Detailed descriptions of the particular sights to follow. We hope you enjoy your personal discovery of the Echern Valley in Hallstatt.

Our tip: Via the Echerntalweg (begins at car park P2 near the Salzberg funicular) to the Waldbachstrub Waterfall, continue to the Glacier Garden (Gletschergarten) and then return via the lovely Malerweg, Brandbachweg and Grabfeldweg to the Kalvarienberg Church (car park P1). All paths are clearly marked!

Sightseeing, hiking and climing in the Echern valley at a glance

Themed trail Hallstatt Echerntal

Hiking to the "Waldbachstrub" Waterfall in Hallstatt

"Jewellery" of the Echern Valley

Hiking to the Glacier Garden in Hallstatt

Waldbachstrub Waterfall

© Kraft Waldbachstrub Wasserfall in Hallstatt

Hiking through the Echern Valley

Hiking to the "Waldbach" origin in Hallstatt

The Glacier Garden of Hallstatt

Heavenly Perspective

Lace up your hiking boots, load up your backpack and hit the trail! Enjoy gorgeous natural surroundings, charming architecture and friendly people as you wander down idyllic lanes and paths. The daily grind gets left behind and your head becomes as clear as the air in the high alpine landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Along the well-marked paths, you will find the ideal conditions for escaping the monotony of everyday life. Whether you’re a passionate mountain hiker or a nature enthusiast, traveling alone or with the entire family, you’ll enjoy scaling our regional peaks. In our comprehensive route planner, you’ll discover a variety of suggestions for creating your ideal hike. You can pick up a detailed hiking map at one of the four tourist offices of the Dachstein Salzkammergut holiday region. Each map describes favourite routes for exploring Hallstatt, Bad Goisern on Lake Hallstatt, Gosau and Obertraun. We hope you’ll have a wonderful time discovering the wonders between our mountains and lakes!

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