Theme path trough the Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

A pioneer of the Dachstein mountains


Simony monument

On 20th July 1896 the greatest Alpine explorer Friedrich Simony died. Due to his scientific works and his sensational ventures into the Dachsteingebiet the name of Simony is closely associated with the history of Hallstatt. The pioneer of alpinism, wintermountaineering and tourism earned lasting renown as a scientist, and above all as a researcher of lakes, glaciers and the Ice Age. In drawings, paintings and photographs he recorded the previously unknown world of the Dachstein.

Through his friendship with the poet Adalbert Stifter, the Dachstein has taken its place in world literature.

Hallstatt owes a not insignifi cant part of its fame to Friedrich Simony, who lived and worked here for over half a century. On 8th September 1842 Friedrich Simony and the Hallstatt mountain guide Johann Wallner completed the fi rst ascent to the summit of the Dachstein from East to West. Johann Wallner - a mountain guide from Hallstatt, a true companion to Friedrich Simony. 1842 In December Professor Simony and his guide Johann Wallner completed the fi rst winter crossing of the Dachstein glacier.

Entdecken Sie die unberührte Natur am Fuße des Dachsteins

Hike to the Wiesberghaus

© Kraft | Wandern zum Wiesberghaus in der Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut in Österreich

Across the karst plateau

Colourful light shows

Tranquillity, as you have never experienced it before. Get up early in the morning, before sunrise and stand in front of the hut and be immediately surrounded by the unspoilt nature of the UNESCO World Heritage region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut. Birds sing the first song of the day. Cowbells ringing in the distance, enjoy your morning coffee on the hut bench while tasting the fresh air - that's what people from all over the world find fascinating about a magical overnight stay in a hut in the holiday region of Dachstein Salzkammergut. Relax your eyes and gaze into the distance, forget everyday life, soak up the rays of the sun, feel the wind on your skin and just unwind. So have we filled you with desire? What are your criteria for a hut night?

Entdecker, Künstler, Wilderer – Entdecken Sie den....

Themed trail Hallstatt Echerntal

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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