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Kremstal Trail — Hiking along rivers through Lower Austria

Manfred Olbrich

Kremstal Trail — Hiking along rivers through Lower Austria

Hiking Collection by Mareike

5

Tours

26:12 h

58.7 mi

5,125 ft

Two rivers wind their way through dense forests, colorful poppy meadows, and picturesque lakes – the Kleine and Große Krems. Springing in the southern Waldviertel, they flow on different routes before meeting to form the Krems and continuing towards the Danube. You can follow their path through pristine valleys on the Kremstal Trail. Nature has reclaimed old abandoned mills and former railway lines along the route. You may even spot a few wild animals close to the trail.

The Kremstal Trail leads through a lovely, but demanding, landscape. In total, you will cover almost 62 miles (100 km) spread over 5 stages, meaning you’ll hike more than 12 miles (20 km) on some days. However, the altitude difference is generally not too bad, so they are easy to conquer. The route is signposted in both directions with the number 625. It leads along forest trails, field tracks and narrow paths, but also sometimes along small roads for a short time.

Each stage ends in a village. However, there is not always accommodation or only a limited choice. Several inns conveniently offer accommodation and shuttle bus packages along the trail. You sleep in the same bed every night and are dropped off and picked up from the respective stage each day. You can also split the longer stages if you prefer.

You can walk the Kremstal Trail all year round — even if there’s a little snow the roads are kept free of ice. The area is especially beautiful midsummer when the paths along the river and forest are shaded and cool. Unless you're hiking during a stifling summer, the paths can become muddy and wet. So pack your waterproof hiking boots – it’s no fun hiking with wet feet!

Since the Kremstal Trail is a circular route, you can start anywhere on the trail. You can take the train to Krems an der Donau, St. Pölten or Ybbs an der Donau. From there, there’s a bus to all destinations along the trail (oebb.at).

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Kremstalweg

58.3 mi

5,175 ft

5,200 ft

Last updated: November 4, 2021

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    Etappe 1: Von Kottes nach Martinsberg – Kremstalweg

    Difficult
    06:21
    14.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,325 ft
    900 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this day you will discover the Kleine Krems, the river course of which you follow to its origin. You leave the main road from Kottes to the south and cross the Kleine Krems twice at the beginning. When you have left the last houses of the village behind you, you first stay on the right bank along

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    10.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A beautiful lake and several fabulous stones await you on the many forest trails of stage 2. You will also discover on this day where the Great Krems rises.

    

    

    From Martinsberg it goes uphill towards Oed and from there to the beautiful Edlesberger See. Its banks look temptingly cozy. You still have most

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  • Intermediate
    04:43
    11.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    1,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Stage 3 also remains true to the paths along the water. They will take you past a pond, a castle and, in summer, past blooming poppy meadows.

    

    

    

    The path begins to the east between the Waltenschläger Bach and the Große Krems. A short walk through cultivated fields is followed by a beautiful forest path to

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    10.4 mi
    2.3 mph
    850 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Follow scenic forest trails on stage 4 of the Große Krems to the east. Just to reach Großreinprechts about half way and reach the destination Albrechtsberg, you briefly distance yourself from their run.

    

    

    You leave Sallingberg to the southeast to find the bank of your loyal companion. On the side of the

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  • Difficult
    06:06
    12.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,600 ft
    1,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Compared to the other idyllic and quiet stages on the Kremstalweg there is really something going on: You take a look into the Stone Age in a cave, discover geological peculiarities and hike under mighty rock walls.

    

    

    Even if today's day's destination is actually in the southwest of Albrechtsberg, you first

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    58.7 mi
  • Duration
    26:12 h
  • Elevation
    5,125 ft

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