Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

A unique natural jewel: the "Echern Valley" in Hallstatt

Important information for hikers in Hallstatt's Echerntal

Dear hiking friends, please note that the path (ascent) to the "Waldbachstrub" waterfalls is currently closed. The reason is forestry work. It is not yet foreseeable how long the ascent to the waterfalls will be closed. The path to the other waterfall in the Echern Valley, called "Schleierfall", is accessible. All other hiking trails in Hallstatt's Echerntal are also open. We wish you a relaxing time in the wild and romantic nature reserve. Your editorial team

Brief information in advance

The Echern Valley (in German "Echerntal") offers everyone a break far away from the tourist crowds and is also a hot tip for all those who want to take beautiful landscape photos with their mobile phone. The tour is easy and can be done with strollers. And now more about the Echern Valley in Hallstatt....

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

Hiking to the "Waldbachstrub" Waterfall in Hallstatt

"Jewellery" of the Echern Valley

Hiking to the Glacier Garden in Hallstatt

Waldbachstrub Waterfall

© Kraft Waldbachstrub Wasserfall in Hallstatt

Hiking through the Echern Valley

Hiking to the "Waldbach" origin in Hallstatt

Walk through the Echern Valley in Hallstatt

© Kraft | Wandern in Hallstatt im Salzkammergut: Spaziergang durch das Echerntal

Hallstatt booking - Are you still looking for accommodation?

Hotels and accommodation providers in Hallstatt, Bad Goisern, Gosau and Obertraun offer the ideal room or apartment for your holidays, no matter what your tastes. Aside from establishments rated according to the international "star" scale, you will also find around Lake Hallstatt in Austria businesses that have been awarded two to four "edelweiss". The more flowers, the greater comforts you can expect. Whether you eventually find your cozy nest in an elegant 5-star luxury hotel, at comfortable guesthouse, a family-friendly apartment, or on a traditional farm, the choice is always entirely up to you.