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Legendary long walks along the Danube River in the Nibelungengau

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Legendary long walks along the Danube River in the Nibelungengau

Hiking Collection by Donau Niederösterreich

15

Tours

32:41 h

72.8 mi

6,875 ft

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.

Support by the state and the European Union (LEADER): ec.europa.eu/info/food-farming-fisheries/key-policies/common-agricultural-policy/rural-development

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    Easy
    01:07
    2.71 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    75 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:14
    2.89 mi
    2.3 mph
    175 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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, …

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  • Intermediate
    02:27
    4.63 mi
    1.9 mph
    1,075 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    02:31
    5.75 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    8.13 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:02
    2.42 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:25
    3.44 mi
    2.4 mph
    75 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    02:06
    4.76 mi
    2.3 mph
    450 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:55
    4.36 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    200 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:10
    2.68 mi
    2.3 mph
    225 ft
    100 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:04
    2.40 mi
    2.2 mph
    275 ft
    125 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Easy
    01:21
    2.88 mi
    2.1 mph
    250 ft
    675 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    03:46
    8.13 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,300 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:28
    11.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    2,375 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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 …

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  • Intermediate
    02:46
    6.04 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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 …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    15
  • Distance
    72.8 mi
  • Duration
    32:41 h
  • Elevation
    6,875 ft

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