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Where history meets nature at its finest – trekking along the river Lainsitz

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Where history meets nature at its finest – trekking along the river Lainsitz

Hiking Collection by Valerie

5

Tours

33:26 h

76.4 mi

4,600 ft

The trail along the Lainsitz river leads you from the source of the river at the Lainsitz spring to Chlum in the Czech Republic in four stages. What makes this cross-border hiking trail so special, apart from the fantastic nature around the river, is the remarkable history of the region which you will learn a lot about along the way.

The Lainsitz, or the “Young Lainsitz,” as it is affectionately called in Austria, is known for two main characteristics: Firstly, there is an abundance of unspoilt nature and historical sites such as castles, palaces and romantic ruins. You can visit several sites as you hike each stage of the trail. Secondly, as the border river between the Czech Republic and Austria, the Lainsitz has played a significant role in history.

On the Austrian side, you will cover between 9.9 to 18.6 miles (16 - 30 km) per stage on the newly signposted long-distance hiking trail. Depending on which trail you choose, you will climb to the top of the Nebelstein (Fog Stone) and visit historic towns and villages such as Weitra, Gmünd, and Litschau. And, finally you will cross the border into the Czech Republic, where other sights, including a nature reserve and a castle, await. The Lainsitz, which stretches as wide as the Danube in places, flows continuously by your side

No trip to the Lainsitz is complete without paying a visit to a couple of inns on the way. The valley is famous for its potatoes, beer and carp. At the moment more than 30 different kinds of potatoes in all colors, shapes and sizes are found here. One of the stage destinations, Weitra, is one of the oldest breweries in Austria, serving delicious beers helped by the Lainsitz’ high water quality. Then there is the famous Waldviertler carp which is bred in the numerous ponds of the region to round up your culinary experience.

But enough raving. You can look forward to a few days in untouched nature, delicious local Waldviertler dishes and the interesting history of the region.

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Weg entlang der Lainsitz: Von der Quelle bis ins tschechische Chlum

57.4 mi

2,925 ft

4,650 ft

Last updated: November 19, 2021

Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    08:06
    18.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    2,175 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You start your hike - how could it be otherwise - at the Lainsitz source and thus the origin of the river. The highest point you will reach on this stage is right at the beginning.

    

    It rises at a height of almost 1,000 meters in the Bohemian Forest Mountains, flows into the valley in the form of a small

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  • Difficult
    08:05
    17.7 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,525 ft
    2,875 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The second variant of the first stage also begins again at the origin of the Lainsitz. In this case, the source, which is almost 1,000 meters above sea level, is not the highest point of your tour. Because this follows a little later.

    

    Just like the water that initially flows into the valley in the form

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  • Difficult
    05:10
    11.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Stage 2 of the route along the Lainsitz runs without any notable height differences from Weitra to Gmünd, the largest city that you will find on this long hike on the Austrian side.

    

    You cover your way through forests, meadows and fields on a total of almost 20 kilometers. And you will also pass some fish

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  • Difficult
    07:37
    17.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,100 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Time for stage 3 of your long hike. And for this you start - hopefully well rested and with a few photos of the beautiful town in your pocket - in Gmünd. It goes towards Litschau.

    

    Through a slightly undulating landscape, peppered with many beautiful forests, you hike north parallel to the Czech border

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  • Intermediate
    04:29
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 4, the last of this long hike, is coming. Finally she takes you to Czech soil and to the destination of the Lainsitz trail: Chlum.

    

    You don't have to walk too many kilometers in this final section. And the vertical meters to be overcome are also rather modest.

    

    First, it goes for you along the banks

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    76.4 mi
  • Duration
    33:26 h
  • Elevation
    4,600 ft

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