Giant source of the Waldbach
We must again walk along the Malerweg to the junction at the former Gasthof `Dachsteinwarte' in Echerntal. From there we take the forest road. Just beyond the barrier we see the Simony Memorial which was erected in honour of the famous Dachstein explorer Prof. Friedrich Simony. We cross the Dürrenbach, close to the Wiesberghaus's supply cable-car, and pass the famous Gletschergarten, which we should take the time to visit. The road takes on a romantic aspect at the tunnel through the `Mitterwand' (Middle Wall - 898 m). We find ourselves high on a rockface. Soon we reach a stone bridge which was constructed by forestry workers shortly after the Second World War.
We do not cross the bridge, however, for the road veers to the left and after about a 100 metres the Dachsteinweg turns up to the left. We will remain on this path for the next half-hour. A signpost points us a little later to the turn-off to the right, where we then reach the Waldbachursprung (lit. Forest Stream Source) within a few minutes. We are now standing at the giant source of the Waldbach. lt carries glacier water which indirectly feeds Hallstatt's domestic water supply. Another natural wonder which we should not miss.
Information at a glance
- Hiking time: 3 hours (approx. 6 kilometres)
- Elevation: 913 metres
- Start point: Kalvarienberg Church in Hallstatt (car park P1) shortly before leaving the village traveling toward Obertraun
- End point: Valley station of the funicular railway to the Salzberg Mountain in Hallstatt (car park P2)
- Equipment: Sturdy shoes (hiking boots); recommended: backpack with rain gear, drinks and snacks, mobile telephone.
- Special Features: Giant spring with clear, natural water and a heavenly panoramic view over the entire Echern Valley to Lake Hallstatt.