Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

The powder tower “Pulverturm” in Echerntal

In the midst of the forest

On the path through the Echerntal in Hallstatt, shortly after you have left the “Grabfeldweg”, on the left leads a wide road into the forest. Here, on the so-called “Müllnerboden”, is an old site for explosive moments: the old gunpowder tower. An insider tip for explorers!

Historical building

For safety reasons, the former stone built gunpowder depot, was erected far from the residential area in 1887. Even today it is still called "Pulverturm" by the people of Hallstatt, to commemorate a tower-like depot, which used to be on the narrow road to Obertraun and had to give way to road construction in 1900. Powder has not been stored in the Echerntal for a long time. Now, in line with present day regulations, there is only one explosive store at the salt mine.

Today the small bank at the former “Pulverturm” is a small retreat with nature lovers and recreationists. Guaranteed to be a place to discover.

Out and about on historical paths

During a holiday, you might want to see more than just the famous tourist sites. Sometimes it’s exciting to search out and discover the smaller and more subtle points of interests! A great example are the popular themed trails in Hallstatt. On these paths, you will discover the origins of the history-rich UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Follow in the footsteps of famous painters and acclaimed writers through the wild and romantic Echern Valley or take a historical walk—with or without an audio guide—through the picturesque lanes of Hallstatt. The many themed trails offer the opportunity to combine a long, enjoyable stroll with learning about the historical background of the region. Better yet, the trails can be explored regardless of the season and in most weather conditions. We look forward to seeing you on the popular themed trails throughout the World Heritage Region!

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