Echern Valley

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

Echerntal | Hallstatt: The unique natural landscape in the Hallstatt Echerntal has always captivated both artists and scientists. Let us accompany them on their discoveries.

» Themed trail Hallstatt Echerntal

Echernwald Via Ferrata

Hallstatt | Echern Valley: The brand new via ferrata in Hallstatt is certain to be an exciting challenge for keen rock climbers.

» Echernwald Via Ferrata

"Jewellery" of the Echern Valley

Geschichten rund um kuriose Kleinigkeiten am Wegesrand. Erfahren Sie mehr über Land & Leute und die kleinen Geschichten rechts und links vom Wegesrand.

» "Jewellery" of the Echern Valley

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 through the Echern Valley

Waldbachstrub Waterfall

Hallstatt | Waldbachstrub: Impressive waterfall in the romantic Hallstatt Echerntal. ‘Glücksplatz’ with cult status!

» Place of happiness: Waldbachstrub Waterfall

© Kraft Waldbachstrub Wasserfall in Hallstatt

Giant source of the Waldbach

Hallstatt | Waldbachursprung (lit. Forest Stream Source)

» Giant source of the Waldbach

Heavenly Perspective

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!

Information at a glance

  • Hallstatt Tourist Office
    Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut / Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut
    Seestraße 99
    4830 Hallstatt
    Austria
    Phone: +43 (0) 5 95095 30
    Fax: +43-6134-8352
    E-Mail: hallstatt@dachstein-salzkammergut.at

    Opening hours
    January to April: Mon – Fri 8.30 - 17:00 hrs. / Sat. 9.00 - 13.00 hrs / Son & Holidays closed
    May to June: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / Sat, Sun & Holidays 9.00 - 15.00 hrs.
    July to October: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 18.00 Uhr / 9.00 - 16.00 hrs.
    November: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / Sat, Son & Holidays cloased
    December: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 17.00 hrs. / 8th, 25th and 26th of December 9.00 - 13.00 hrs