Wachau World Heritage Trail 08: Emmersdorf - Melk

Trekking trail from Emmersdorf, Marktstraße (market road) to Melk, Hauptplatz (main square)

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9,80 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 9,80 km
  • Ascent: 236 egm
  • Descent: 231 egm
  • Duration: 3:00 h
  • Lowest point: 207 m
  • Highest point:383 m
Features
  • Stage tour
  • With refreshment stops
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Botanical highlights

Details for: Wachau World Heritage Trail 08: Emmersdorf - Melk

Brief description

The surrounding villages of Emmersdorf, unique panorama, the imperial castle Luberegg, and the Danube waterfronts are part of this 10 kilometer long tour from Emmersdorf to Melk (Melk abbey always in sight). 

Description

Wachau World Heritage Trail: From Emmersdorf to Melk

The first part oft he stage (Emmersdorf to Melk) leads you up to the village Rantenberg, where you get great panoramic views. Now you always walk downwards further on to castle Luberegg (tavern and restaurant) and also back to the Danube. On the isle Luberegg you will soon reach hydroelectric power station Melk, cross the Danube   and enter “Löweninsel” (lion isle) and soon after the old part of Melk city. 

Starting point of the tour

Emmersdorf, Marktstraße (market road)

Destination point of the tour

Melk, Hauptplatz (main square)

Route description Wachau World Heritage Trail 08: Emmersdorf - Melk

Your tour starts at market road of picturesque Renaissance village Emmersdorf and you walk through the viaduct underneath the Wachau train, then left into Rote Kreuz Straße (Red Cross Street). At the next diversion the way lights up right to castle Rothenhof (also accommodation). Now you take the left and immediately after the right into the small road called Waldweg (wood way). After about 250m you turn right again taking the Jägersteig (hunters track) and leave the village. Via pathes passing woods and meadows you reach Rantenberg. To your left you pass a fence where you normally can see donkeys, then you walk on and at the street you turn left an reach the stamp sation (at family Schroll, Wachau donkey adventures). Staying on the right side you cross the hamlet (only a few houses). After the last house in Rantenberg you turn left into a field track. After about 5 minutes you are at the diverson to the observation tower (Dachbergwarte), which is closed. The way leads downhill to hamlet Hain.

In the village you turn left once and then twice to the right. The way leads downwards, and you walk underneath the Wachau train track reaching imperial castle Luberegg (built in the 18th century). The tavern „Haferkast’n“ ( hay chest ), which invites you for a rest, is located in the castle. At the pedestrian crosswalk you cross the federation road B3, afterwards stay on the right and walk parallel to the road until leisure center Luberegg (there is a Danube lake with a sandy beach - beach use only at low tide). Now taking the left the way leads over a bridge to the isle Luberegg and to the Danube. After the bridge you turn right and walk next to the Danube always walking towards the hydroelectric power station Melk. Via the power station you cross the stream and reach lion isle of Melk. You are walking a short while downstream along the Danube and soon after you turn right and reach the alluvial forest. One more time you turn right pass a boom barrier and get to Saint Leopold’s bridge, cross the road and reach the main square of Melk (Melk abbey thrones on a rock above you).

Directions

Highway A1 until exit Melk, following B3 to Melk or B3 and B3a to Emmerdorf. 

Parking

In Emmersdorf and also in Melk at the parking lot oft he landing stage. 

The villages can be reached 7 days a week by public transportation (bus or train). Its possible to get back tot he start of the tour.

Emmersdorf and Melk can be reached with the bus WL1 with hourly connections, seven days a week. (WL1: trainstation Krems-Dürnstein-Weißenkirchen-Spitz-Aggsbach Markt-Emmersdorf-trainstation Melk). This service connects trainstation Melk (Westbahn) with trainstation Krems (Franz-Josefs-Bahn). On the south bank bus WL2 (trainstation Krems-Mautern-Rossatz-Arnsdörfer-Aggsbach Dorf-Schönbühel-trainstation Melk) operates every two hours. Spitzer Graben (WL 5 connection between Spitz and Mühldorf) operates from Spitz departing every two hours www.vvnb.at 

Wachautrain operates on weekends and public holidays (3 times a day) more information: www.noevog.at

Stations for the bike rent system „nextbike“ (1€ per hour) are located in Emmersdorf and Melk. www.nextbike.at   

More info/links

For restaurants and accommodation we recommend „Best of Wachau“ businesses: www.bestof-wachau.at . You find   „Best of Wachau“ members in Emmersdorf and Melk.

Further opportunities for restaurants, taverns and cafes and opening hours:

Restaurants that are open year-round you can find in Emmersdorf and Melk. Info: www.stadt-melk.at ; www.emmersdorf.at

Tavern Haferkast’n at castle Luberegg: daily from 4p.m., Saturday, Sunday and public holidays opening at 3p.m. (January, February and March closed). Info: www.pichler-wachau.com ; 0043(0)2752 /71777

For easy and convenient organization of the tours its good to have the Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal application. Just download for Android or iPhone

Equipment

Hiking boots, raincoat, enough to eat and drink, a trail map and maybe a list of open taverns. You can find an equipmentlist on www.welterbesteig.at section service/tips. 

Safety information

In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140

Author's tip

At the beginning of Red Cross street a milk dispenser, daily filled with fresh milk, is located. Start your tour with a fresh glas of milk from the nature park region Jauerling-Wachau. 

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