Themed trail Hallstatt Echerntal

"Painters, writers and natural wonders"

No problem! Here we have put together the text and pictures of the ten display boards. Therefore, you can conveniently read beforehand or review the history once again in the evening after the walk. We wish you lots of fun on this approximately 2 hour journey of discovery through the wild romantic Echerntal in Hallstatt.

Enchanting Hallstatt

That which makes Hallstatt special was succinctly quoted by Rudolf Lehr - journalist and Hallstatt resident by choice? You want to be alone? In three minutes you are in solitude. Thoughtful?

» Enchanting Hallstatt

Explorers, painters, men of literature

Hallstatt | Nature trail Echerntal: The unique natural landscape in Hallstatt's valley Echerntal has always fascinated artists and scientists. Let us accompany them on their discoveries!

» Explorers, painters, men of literature

Witnesses of stone

Rune stone and geology | The traces of Ice Age and considerable rockfalls have coined the natural scenery.

» Witnesses of stone

A paradise for artists

The brook Waldbach | The most famous painters of romanticism were already fascinated by Hallstatt's Echerntal and created their great works here.

» A paradise for artists

Lost handcraft

Wooden rakes - glacier pots - stone mills - stone grindery | In former times, even stones were ground at the banks of the brook Waldbach.

» Lost handcraft

Miracles of nature

View on Echerntal | Many beautiful landscapes await the fascinated hiker.

» Miracles of nature

Mysterious traces

Eulenloch (owl hole) | Quite a few rock formations are still a mystery to scientists.

» Mysterious traces

Lost in the snow storm

Waldbachstrub | Adalbert Stifter's coincidental encounter with two children inspired him to write the novella "Bergkristall".

» Lost in the snow storm

Relicts of Ice Age

Glacier Garden - natural monument | Until 12,000 years ago, the landscape was covered by eternal ice.

» Relicts of Ice Age

A cave of records

With its more than 95 explored kilometres, the cave Hirlatzhöhle in the Dachstein mountains is Austria's longest cave.

» A cave of records

A pioneer of the Dachstein mountains

Simony monument | One name is intrinsically tied to the great history of Hallstatt and the Dachstein mountains. The natural scientist Friedrich Simony dedicated his entire life to this landscape.

» A pioneer of the Dachstein mountains

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!

Echern Valley

Discover the various beauties off the beaten track: Crystal clear wild streams, breathtaking waterfalls, stony gardens and many small treasures along the edge of the trail. When will we see you in the Echerntal of Hallstatt?

» Echern Valley

Magical Spots between Mountains and Lakes

From the Kalverienberg in Gosau, which offers visitors fantastic panoramas of the Gosau Valley, the romantic Koppenwinkel Lake in Obertraun with its absolute tranquillity, to the incomparable charm of the “Goiserer Seeplatzl”, the numerous enchanting locations of the UNESCO World Heritage Region of Hallstatt Dachstein Salzkammergut wait to be discovered. We’ve compiled a list of the most beautiful natural settings between mountains and lakes just for you—and new ideas are continually added!

Information at a glance

  • Contact
    Tourist Office Hallstatt

    Ferienregion Dachstein Salzkammergut / Tourismusverband Inneres Salzkammergut
    Seestraße 99
    4830 Hallstatt
    Phone: +43 (0) 5 95095 30
    Fax: +43-6134-8352

    Opening hours
    Tourist Office Hallstatt

    November to April: Mon – Fri 8.30 - 17:00 hrs.
    Sat./Sun./Holiday 9.00 - 15.00 hrs
    May to October: Mon. – Fri. 8.30 - 18.00 hrs.
    Sat, Sun & Holidays 9.00 - 15.00 hrs.