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
Past beautifully designed information boards. On the trail of naturalists and landscape painters. Short and easy, but hugely rewarding and interesting themed hike. Walking time for the circular hiking trail: 3 - 4 hours. Enjoy the "Themed trail Hallstatt Echerntal" in Hallstatt.
Hiking to the "Waldbachstrub" Waterfall in Hallstatt
Family-friendly hike of about 2.5 hours to the most beautiful waterfalls of the Salzkammergut. With numerous information boards and unforgettable photo motifs. An enjoyable tour!
"Jewellery" of the Echern Valley
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Hiking to the Glacier Garden in Hallstatt
Hallstatt | This romantic hike through the picturesque Echern valley to the Glacier garden is a relic of the last ice age. A wonderful hiking route for the whole family.
Hallstatt | Waldbachstrub: Impressive waterfall in the romantic Hallstatt Echerntal. ‘Glücksplatz’ with cult status!
Hiking through the Echern Valley
Hallstatt | A hike possible for all and in all seasons. The spectacular view puts a spell on all hikers. The Goal: The breathtaking Waldbackstrub Waterfall.
Hiking to the "Waldbach" origin in Hallstatt
A hike for nature lovers. 5 to 6 hours walking time. Lots of silence and great views. Hikers with mountain experience. Don't forget hiking shoes! Endurance and sure-footedness are prerequisites.
The Glacier Garden of Hallstatt
Tour of discovery tour to a stony relic from the last ice age. An excursion tip for the whole family of about 2 to 3 hours. A natural experience in almost any weather
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!