Theme path trough the Echern Valley in Hallstatt - © Kraft

Miracles of nature

View on Echerntal

The "Spraderbach" (veil waterfall) in the Echerntal. The goal of one of Schultes' numerous walking tours. J. A. Schultes 1809 after a mountain tour into the Dachstein mountains: "You will scarcely believe your eyes, you will hardly dare to believe that you could have come here."

Dr. Franz Sartori (1782-1832)

From "The Austrian Switzerland or a pictorial representation of the Salzkammergut in Austria on the Enns" „.... But what most distinguishes this region is the beautiful waterfalls to be found there. Before one has quite reached the end of this region, on the right there appears the Spraderbach waterfall (veil waterfall), which partly falls from a huge wall of stone, and partly glides gently down the wall, and whose threads of water in the sun reflect the thousandfold colours of the rainbow or gleam like silver ...."

"Party from the Echernthal near Hallstatt" The picture became synonymous with the "classical Viennese Biedermeier landscape." The "composition appears especially balanced here. The contrast between the bright sunlit green of the meadows and the shady areas is emphasised." Wilhelm Raabe (1831-1910)

From "Tales" „.... one can not leave Hallstatt without having seen the veil waterfall, the Spratenfall, Waldbachstrub and cast an enchanted glance over the Dachstein and the Karls ice field. We would be laughed at if we returned home without this memory."

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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