The Danube meanders through gentle vineyards and past enchanted castle ruins as it flows between the Wachau and Kamptal valleys. Stretching around the wine town of Krems an der Donau, this sun-drenched area is known as Kremstal Valley. Following the brand-new Kremstal-Danube long-distance hiking trail, you walk between vineyards and historic wine cellars, along natural paths, and through luscious woodlands to the north and south of the Danube.
On the way, you will learn more about the region’s rich history and culture at Göttweig Abbey and the mighty Senftenberg Castle ruins. Food and wine also play an important role in the region. You will explore the winegrowing region and try local winegrowers’ delicious wines. A glass of rüner Veltliner, Riesling or Zweigelt goes perfectly with the region’s local dishes.
In this Collection, we divide the long-distance hiking trail into 15 signposted stages. The full trail leads for 62 miles (100 km). However, you can shorten your hike to between 43.5 miles (70 km) or 24.8 miles (40 km) by following the shortcuts on stages 6, 7, and 12. No matter which option you chose, your hike starts and ends in the beautiful town of Krems an der Donau. Hiking the entire trail takes around five to six days. We suggest the following itinerary:
Day 1: From Krems to Paudorf (stages 1 to 3) – 10.2 miles/16.5 kilometres
Day 2: From Paudorf to Gedersdorf (stages 4 and 5) – 15.2 miles/24.5 kilometres
Day 3: From Gedersdorf to Stratzing (stages 8 to 10) – 11.8 miles/19 kilometres
Day 4: From Stratzing to Gföhl (stages 11 and 13) – 11.1 miles/18 kilometres
Day 5: From Gföhl to Senftenberg (stage 14) – 11.5 miles/18.6 kilometres
Day 6: From Senftenberg to Krems (stage 15) – 6.2 miles/10 kilometres
At the end of each hike, you arrive in a typical wine town where you can find comfortable accommodation. You could even stay at one of the traditional wineries so that you can simply fall into bed after wine tasting in the evening.
To reach Krems an der Donau you can take the regional train or express via St. Pölten. The ÖBB network runs from Franz-Josefs station in Vienna.
Are you looking forward to a long-distance hike? Check out the stages to plan your magical adventure in the Kremstal Valley.
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The Kremstal-Donau long-distance hiking trail starts in the picturesque old town of Krems on the Danube. The first stage takes you past magnificent Renaissance and Baroque buildings and leads you over to the Mautern district.In the old town of Krems, which belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Wachau, the journey starts through the beautiful Kremstal and along the Danube. The city shines with impressive buildings. You will soon be standing in front of the landmark of Krems: the Steiner Tor. The gate is the last of four city gates that have survived and takes you across to the pedestrian zone.You walk past the well-tended Krems city park. It is worth strolling through here. In the park you can admire 260 trees - both native and exotic - and some pretty monuments. If you are fed up with the splendor of plants, the almost 380-meter-long Mautener Bridge takes you from the Stein district over the beautiful Danube to Mautern, where the first stage ends.
The second stage begins in the Roman city of Mautern and leads you over magnificent wine landscapes to Furth near Göttweig. You leave Mautern in a southeasterly direction and stroll along the cellar path through the vineyards. You will enjoy some beautiful views over the Kremstal and the Danube.As soon as you turn into the Zellergraben, the prospects disappear, but in favor of a spectacular ravine. It is considered the most beautiful in the municipality of Furth and will surely amaze you with its twelve meter high loess walls. Past the parish church, you walk further into the town center and see the magnificent Benedictine monastery of Göttweig enthroned on a hilltop. If you like, you can take a side trip up there. However, the end of the second stage is in the center of Furth.
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The third stage takes you to the impressive Göttweig Abbey, which at 422 meters tempts you to take a tour and stop at the abbey restaurant.A good climb awaits you from Furth, which takes you along narrow forest paths to the Benedictine monastery at the foot of the Predigtstuhl. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Göttweig is one of the oldest monasteries in Austria. Have you examined the magnificent baroque building enough and enjoyed the wonderful view over the Kremstal, you descend towards Klein-Wien and follow the railway tracks to Paudorf.Since the stage is particularly short, we have planned a short detour to the Giant Sequoia trees. They were planted here 140 years ago and offer you a little California forest atmosphere in the middle of Lower Austria. The detour is about three kilometers long. Otherwise you follow the route to the center of Paudorf. The third stage ends here.
The fourth stage enchants with the most beautiful panoramic views and vineyards as well as regional dishes and a Heuriger snack. In addition, it leads you into the first quaint cellar lane on the long-distance hiking trail.You leave the tranquil Paudorf towards the east and at the same time follow the Höbenbach and the Paudorfer sculptural path. Creative wood carvings are all on the edge of the path and leave room for interpretation. They are the remarkable result of an international wood sculptor symposium from 2002. The younger sculpture trails Eggendorf and Höbenbach follow directly.At the end of the Kellergasse you walk into Höbenbach, where you can stop for a glass of local wine. Then it continues with great views through the vineyards via Krustetten to Krems-Süd and again very close to the Danube. The fourth stage ends here in Hollenburg.
On the fifth stage of Hollenburg you hike along both banks of the Danube for a while, then you continue through romantic meadow landscapes, fields and orchards to the Weinrieden in Gedersdorf. Today there are no vertical meters.High above Hollenburg, you spot the Wetterkreuzkirche on the almost 370 meter high Schiffberg at the start of the stage. It is no coincidence that it gets its name because it is always at the center of severe weather. You now walk directly to the banks of the beautiful Danube and follow it over the stairway to the Traismauer Bridge, which is also known as the St. George Bridge. On it you cross the Danube and continue on the other bank.You stroll to Brunn am Feld via small villages and beautiful vineyards, which are laid out on steep terraces. You can see the bright white Jakobskirche from afar. The Josephine hall church from the 12th century is absolutely worth seeing. From here it is only one kilometer to the stage destination in Gedersdorf.
If you don't want to hike the entire 100 km of the Kremstal-Donau long-distance hiking trail, you can shorten stages 6 and 7 from Gedersdorf. Since both stages are very short, you can hike them comfortably in one day and even walk through the longest cellar lane in Austria.The sixth stage leads you over the Weinbergstrasse from Gedersdorf and then turns left into the Leithenweg. It goes through terraced vineyards until you walk through the Rohrendorfer Kellergasse. The longest cellar lane in the country is home to 72 press houses and cellar tubes over a length of one and a half kilometers - a festival for vinophile hikers! Take your time and taste a sip of the first-class products from more than a thousand years of winegrowing tradition. It is not far to the end of the sixth stage in the center of Rohrendorf.
The seventh stage forms the second part of the shortcut for the Kremstal-Donau long-distance hiking trail and takes you from Rohrendorf back to the starting point in Krems an der Donau.In an arc you hike from Rohrendorf into the Weinrieden and Löserrassen of the Kremstal. It goes past well-known locations such as Rohrendorfer Gebling and through the pretty basement alley Krems located in a narrow path. In Sandgrube 13 you can indulge yourself again in wine enjoyment and even take a look behind the scenes of the wine. During the visitor tour, eight stations lead you on the traces of the noble vine juice.If you have climbed out of the cellar vaults again into the sunlight, the view of Krems and the Danube Valley at the end of the stage is a particularly nice end before you end the long-distance hiking trail Kremstal-Danube in the historic town center.
The eighth stage of the Kremstal-Danube long-distance hiking trail is characterized by wine as far as the eye can see, wonderful panoramic views, including a lookout point and wine experiences.Via the charming cellar lane you leave the wine village Gedersdorf behind and hike northwards. It is always gently uphill until you reach the Gobelsburg lookout at a height of a good 300 meters. From here you have a wonderful panoramic view of the Danube Valley and, in clear weather, even to the Prealps.On the outskirts of the town of Gobelsburg you will reach the wine town of Langenlois. As a wine lover, the LOISIUM Wine Experience World is just the thing for you. In the futuristic cube you can take part in a wine tasting and learn more about the winery on a tour of the cellar labyrinth at 18 stations. You have enough time, because Langenlois is also the end point of the eighth stage.
The ninth stage on the Kremstal-Danube long-distance hiking trail enchants through gentle meadows, forests and wine terraces and takes you from Langenlois to Lengenfeld.With Langenlois you leave Austria's largest wine town behind. Before the last houses disappear behind you, you can stop for a hearty snack or hearty snack at the Heuriger on Baumgartner Höhe. A glass of wine goes very well with this. Freshly strengthened, you hike through the cooling ditch with impressively high loess walls and vaults embedded in it.Picturesque landscapes with small forests, a well-kept golf course and pretty wine terraces are your companions on the gentle climb to Lengenfeld, the goal of the ninth stage.
Even on the tenth stage, the vineyards remain your constant companions. You walk through the Rieden Sand, Kremsfeld, Riedl, Satzen and Loiserweg to Stratzing.From Lengenfeld you hike south into the pure vineyard idyll. Regional wines such as Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Rivaner, Chardonnay, Zweigelt, Muskateller, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir are grown on the slopes on primary rock and loess soils. The sight makes you thirsty, so you can be happy that it is not far to Stratzing, the stage destination with its inviting cellar alleys.If you would like to extend the stage a little, a detour to the ice age path at the gates of Stratzing is recommended. Over a length of about four kilometers, you can explore the life and culture of the Stone Age man with his weapons and equipment during the last ice age at eight stations.
The eleventh stage from Stratzing to Droß is very short. In just under four kilometers you can expect beautiful vineyards, a wonderfully shady forest and the barely noticeable climb to the high plateau.No sooner have you left Stratzing than you are strolling through vineyards again. For a short distance you follow the Stratzingbach, then you turn towards Droß. The tranquil community has just over 1,000 inhabitants, but is easily visible from afar thanks to the mighty Renaissance castle. The eleventh stage ends near the church square with the unique Fatima parish church.
The twelfth stage is another possible shortcut if you don't want to hike the full 100 kilometers of the Kremstal-Danube long-distance trail. This saves you around 30 kilometers and allows you to walk directly from Droß to Senftenberg.Peace and pure nature await you from Droß. The forested stage leads you in a gentle ascent past the Poberkreuz and over soft paths down to Senftenberg. You can see the landmarks of the idyllic town, the Senftenberg castle ruins and the fortified church from afar. A detour up to the castle ruins is worthwhile, because from up here you have a unique view of the wine terraces.
Look forward to wonderful peace and nature on this wooded stage with exciting rock formations and a few meters of altitude on your way from Droß to Gföhl.From Droß you start on forest and forest paths that lead you to the Poberkreuz. A short detour takes you to the Schanzriedel, an extraordinary rock formation with a fantastic view over the Kremstal. If you want to save yourself the extra kilometers, you can literally leave the view to the left.With the ducal table there is another great viewpoint in front of you. From the mighty granite blocks you can see the Kremstal, Göttweig Abbey and even the Prealps. With a bit of luck, there are a few climbers on the Athletenstein, which you can watch while doing their sport.From here it goes down a few meters to the Öhlgrabenbach and then uphill again. The stage ends at the historic main square in Gföhl at the magnificent, baroque parish church.
At almost 19 kilometers and 400 meters in altitude, the 14th stage is by far the longest and most demanding of the entire long-distance hiking trail Kremstal-Danube. However, your efforts will be rewarded with first-class viewpoints and beautiful scenery.From Gföhl you hike along soft forest paths and over the first five kilometers at one level. With a short detour on the Kühberg, a great lookout rock beckons you to linger. Unpack a snack and enjoy the view of the beautiful Krems region. You gradually leave the height and wind down to Unter-Meisling and to the banks of the Krems.After every river it goes up again, so here too. On a short distance you climb from 350 to 620 meters, pass the Kohlerhöhe and you will be rewarded with another magnificent distant view at the Secret Court. Criminals were allegedly thrown down from the round washed stones of the rock formation. This is how the rock got its name.From here it is only relaxed downhill until you meet the Krems again.
Almost ten kilometers await you on the last stage of the Kremstal-Donau long-distance hiking trail. And that is peppered with great highlights, first-class views and enchanted castle ruins.It starts in Senftenberg with the castle ruin of the same name. Our path leads you along the foot of the hill, on which it majestically towers over the town. If you want to pay her a visit, turn off at the St. Andreas Church and the war memorial onto the mountain path. Otherwise you just follow the course of the Krems to Rehberg, where the next castle ruins are waiting for you. And that is practically on the side of the road. So you can take the side trip, especially since the outer bailey and the church area are freely accessible and the walls are more than impressive.One last time uphill is via Partschenweg and Kühbergweg. On the Kuhberg, just before the descent to Krems, you can stop off in the Schwarzalm. High above the rooftops of Krems you can enjoy organic delicacies with a view of the Danube. You can take your time, because there are only one and a half kilometers to the end of the long-distance hiking trail.Depending on which variant you have chosen, you will be back in the historic old town of Krems an der Donau after almost 40, 70 or even around 100 kilometers. How about a successful glass of wine to end the great tour? You really deserve it.