Theme path trough the Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

Lost handcraft

Wooden rakes - glacier pots - stone mills - stone grindery

Franz Sartori (1813): "Who is more to be envied than the inhabitants of a place in whose region nature herself exhibited her beauty." The love of nature which was emerging everywhere and the paintings which had become well known helped to make the Salzkammergut fashionable. It also became a playground for lesser talents. The countless steel engravings that have been preserved are from masters whose names we do not know. Guest house and coffee rooms "Zur Dachsteinwarte" - (Lackner), "recognised as the most popular place for lunch and snacks" in its original condition. Vinzenz Riezinger by the kettle holes.

On the left hand bank above the bridge, kettle holes can be recognised. On the bank of the stream there used to be a water-driven fl our mill, and then from 1814 a stone grinding workshop. The last person to use this was Vinzenz Riezinger (1835 - 1915). Today only the remains of the stone foundations still bear witness to this once signifi cant craft. The remains of a timber grille that was placed across the brook to catch fl oating logs are visible. Further remains of this can also be seen in the stretch above the bridge.


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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