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Simply amazing – 13 hikes along the Donausteig

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Simply amazing – 13 hikes along the Donausteig

Hiking Collection by Donauregion in Oberösterreich

13

Tours

71:37 h

150 mi

21,275 ft

Hardly any other region is as varied as the Danube region in Upper Austria. Numerous landscapes that could not be more different accompany you on your hikes on the Donausteig from Passau to Linz to Grein. You walk along the majestic river, climb up to scenic high plateaus and dive into enchanted forests and valleys. On the way you will enjoy breathtaking views and insights into a beautiful country. The Donausteig is a total of 450 kilometers long – in this collection we present you with 13 varied stages, which are also perfect for day trips. Along the banks of the river you walk from Obernzell to Grein through magical natural and cultural landscapes.

From the main route of the Donausteige branch numerous routes branch off into the hinterland and allow you an even more intense experience of the Danube region in Upper Austria. Many of the stages can be super connected – so you can customize your individual hiking trip –from day trip to multi-day adventure. The abbreviations at the beginning of the tour titles tell you whether the route belongs to the Donausteig North (N) or South (S), or whether it is a common leg (G). The hikes always end in villages where you can find restaurants and accommodation or have access to train, bus or boat.

In addition to the fairy-tale landscape, you will always find info boards on the way, which provide you with typical Donausagen. Because the river and its inhabitants have so many stories to tell – from the moving culture to the mythical creatures that may still be wandering in whispering forests and rushing waves. The sagas are told along the trail by fairytale specialist Helmut Wittmann and the illustrations are by Jakob Kirchmayr.

Immerse yourself in the legendary region along the Danube in Upper Austria with our collection and let yourself be captivated by the landscape, its beauty and the stories. At the latest during your hikes through the mystical gorges and narrow valleys, the existence of the mythical creatures does not even seem so outlandish ...

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  • Difficult
    07:22
    14.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this stage you will follow the wooded breakthrough valley of the upper Danube - partly along the banks of the mighty river, partly along the picturesque plateau above. The 23-kilometer hike starts in Obernzell, a pretty place that the Passau bishops used to visit in summer.

    

    You follow the Danube downstream

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    12.5 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,550 ft
    1,500 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's Donausteig stage takes you up in the first half, then in the second half you wander along the picturesque riverbank. Start of the 20-kilometer tour is in Niederranna.

    

    Along the Danube, you hike to the valley flank and follow it shortly downstream. Then a forest trail leads you through the steep

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  • Difficult
    05:03
    9.65 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,225 ft
    1,400 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Your today's Donausteig stage starts in the tranquil village of Obermühl in the wooded breakthrough valley of the upper Danube. From the village you walk on a beautiful footpath through the rustic hillside forest of the steep Donauleiten uphill. The crisp climb is rewarded: arrived on the high plateau

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  • Intermediate
    03:39
    7.96 mi
    2.2 mph
    625 ft
    1,525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Today's tour takes you through mystical forests with wild rock formations. Start of the well twelve kilometers long Donausteig stage is in the center of St. Martin. The path meanders along the high plateau and offers you beautiful views and pure hiking pleasure right at the entrance.

    

    Soon you will descend

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    11.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    1,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point for this 18 km long Donausteig stage is Ottensheim. The historic market on the eastern edge of the fertile Eferding Basin looks back on a long tradition as a trading hub. From the jetty of the Rollfähre you walk a bit along the path along the Danube - what a relaxed introduction to

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  • Difficult
    05:18
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,650 ft
    2,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The starting point for this good 17 km long Donausteig stage is Kasten. The historic town lies embedded in the breakthrough valley of the upper Danube on the Austrian side. The hike starts on an idyllic footpath up to the Donausteig stop "Red Cross", just above Kasten. Here you have a wonderful view

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  • Difficult
    06:48
    14.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This good 23-kilometer hike on the Donausteig starts in Engelhartszell. The historic town is nestled in the breakthrough valley of the upper Danube, not far from the border with Bavaria. From the village center you follow the mighty Danube River on the towpath about four kilometers downriver. If you

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  • Difficult
    06:05
    13.3 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,475 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The famous natural wonder Schlögener Schlinge is the starting point of this 21 km long stage. The Danube Bluff lies deep in the long breakthrough stretch of the upper Danube valley and changes its direction of flow twice over a few kilometers by almost 180 degrees.

    

    From Schlögen an der Donau you hike

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  • Intermediate
    03:45
    8.22 mi
    2.2 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This stage along the Donausteig starts in Wilhering. The former Donauengstelle has always been an important connection to today's Mühlviertel and lies on the eastern edge of the fertile Eferding basin. On the Treppelweg you start through atmospheric riverine forests along the Danube River to the magnificent

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  • Difficult
    06:20
    14.0 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    1,525 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The start of today's stage is in Mitterkirchen, in the heart of the vast Danube plain of Machland. From here you wander through the expansive fields of the fertile Machland plain. In the celtic village of Mitterkirchen you get an insight into the world of the Celts right at the beginning of the hike

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  • Difficult
    05:25
    10.9 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,000 ft
    1,925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Grein, the gateway to Strudengau, is the starting point for this wonderful Donausteig stage. The historic city was once the last safe landing possibility before the dangerous water vortex of Strudengau. You wander out of the village and take a short detour to Calvary.

    

    Soon you dive into the typical forest

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  • Intermediate
    02:59
    6.06 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,325 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The historic Donaustadt Sarmingstein is the starting point for this delightful stage. You leave the village and hike on a wonderful hiking trail uphill through the wonderful sloping forests of the steep Danube valleys. You finally reach the rock pulpit of the Predigtstuhl high above the Danube, the easternmost

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  • Difficult
    07:32
    16.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,875 ft
    2,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Today's stage is 26 kilometers long, but you will enjoy every kilometer through the beautiful landscape. Starting point of the tour is Waldhausen. You leave the village and wander gently up and down through the beautiful hilly landscape.

    

    At Langenbach then begins the climb to the edge of the Waldhausener

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    13
  • Distance
    150 mi
  • Duration
    71:37 h
  • Elevation
    21,275 ft

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