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The valley

It is a short but very water-rich valley through which the Torrenerbach flows, which flows into the Salzach near Golling an der Salzach. In the north, the 1,500 m high walls of the Göllstock rise up. In the south and west, the precipices of the Hagengebirge delimit the valley. In spring, many waterfalls direct the snowmelt down into the valley.

If you want to hike from the parking lot at the entrance of the valley, you can choose between a natural hiking trail on the right (north side of the valley) and a good forest path that leads to the Bärenwirt inn on the left (south side of the valley). In any case, on the way to the Bärenwirt you pass the Bluntau lakes of the Torrenerbach.

The waterfalls

The mighty waterfalls of the "White Torren" can be seen right behind the Bärenwirt, especially in spring from May. A large part of the Hagengebirge drains to the surface. The source of this natural wonder can be reached through pathless steep terrain. The torrent divides a few meters and cascades lower when the water level is sufficient. The orographically right branch falls as a massive fall into a 25 m deep narrow crevice and subsequently over several high breaks. The lowest and at the same time smallest fall is called the Bluntau waterfall or Torrener waterfall and can be reached via a small path. The orographically left-flowing part of the "White Torren" falls after several beautiful cascades finally in free fall over a 50 m high rock face and a little later in two steps down into the main valley, where it flows together with the Fischbach. At this point, the water of the Fischbach also has a wild journey through a huge dolomite gorge (400 meters above sea level) with the idiosyncratic Fischbach waterfall, which hurls the water out like on a jump.

Jochalmen and Carl von Stahl-Haus

Main article Jochalmen
Main article Carl von Stahl House

From the Gasthof Bärenhof, the signs for "Jochalm" show you another way. It goes first over the Fischbach and then just under a kilometer to a fork in the road. Here you can decide whether to climb the forest road or the alpine path to the Jochalmen. From there an alpine hiking trail leads to the Carl-von-Stahl-Haus.


There is a general driving ban for motor vehicles in the valley. At the entrance there are 25 parking spaces along the street in a paid short-term parking zone P2, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every started hour costs two euros. The gravel parking lot P1 with 180 parking spaces is private property leased by the municipality. Since May 2020, the parking fee has been seven euros per day and car (buses: 28 euros) and must be paid at a parking machine. Previously the fee was four euros per day and was payable at the ticket booth on weekends between May and October.[1]

Types of vegetation

Mountain meadow, mixed forest, spring meadows, debris pile vegetation, block forest, managed forest


Daphne mezereum, bird nestwort (Neottia nidus avis), snow lily (Helleborus niger), long-leaved forest bird (Cephalantera longifolia), swallowwort gentian (Gentiana asclepiadea), orchid orchid (primiza), auricle Viburnum lantana), common clematis (Clematis vitalba), nodding pearl grass (Melica nudans), coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara), lettuce (Prenanthes purpurea), calcareous blue grass (Sesleria varia), mountain laser herb (Phyteuma siler), ), Marsh marigold (Caltha palustris), wild silver leaf (Lunaria rediviva), green striped fern (Asplenium viride), hairy calf's crop (Chaerophyllum hirsutum).


The Bluntau valley is home to almost half of all butterflies in the state of Salzburg (e.g. Apollo butterflies, piebald butterflies, Augsburg bears); Red deer, chamois, roe deer, hare, red fox, pine marten, squirrel, fire salamander, common toad, slow worm, sand lizard, adder, chaffinch, cuckoo and great spotted woodpecker.


The Gollinger Chronicle shows that bears used to live in this valley. There it is said that in 1523 Prince Archbishop Matthew Lang determined that it was free to "hunt and catch bears, wolves and lynxes in the Gmein". The bear hunters had to keep bear dogs, but were not allowed to use a rifle. There is also a cave in the valley called a bear cave, in which various bones have been found.



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