Panoramic Hiking in the Wachau and Spitzer Graben

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Hike through the most famous vineyards in the Wachau, such as Loibenberg, Kellerberg in Dürnstein, Ried Achleiten in Weissenkirchen and of course, Singerriedl in Spitz. Proceeding along the steep terraces in the Spitzer Graben, you arrive at the Jauerling summit, where breathtaking views of the Danube Valley await you on the Danube terrace of the Hans-Pichler Nature Park Center.
Winding high above the free-flowing Danube and centuries’-old stone terraces in the Wachau wine region, the World Heritage Trail takes you through the most famous vineyards along the Danube, apricot, peach and cherry orchards, through wine villages and past Buschenschank wine taverns.
Immerse yourself in a landscape shaped by human hand for over 2000 years. Pass by castles evocative of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Glory in nature at its most scenic, in the panoramic views of a unique river landscape. Enjoy the finest delicacies of the regional cuisine while sipping award-winning Wachau wines. These are precious moments of your life you will truly savor for years to come.
Your luggage is transferred daily from one host to the next. Your hosts also prepare a hiker’s lunch for you from regional products to tide you over during the day.

Day 1:
Arrival in Krems, overnight stay with breakfast included
Enjoy the flair of the picturesque historical center and medieval lanes.

Day 2:
“Grand views of the historical center of Krems, Stein and beyond to Göttweig Abbey”
We begin our hike right in front of the hotel, then walk past Kloster Und, a former monastery, toward Stein. After climbing the loveliest staircase in the Wachau, we walk by venerable old villas and into the picturesque vineyards, stopping time and again to enjoy the wonderful views of the Danube. We proceed along tiny lanes to the ruined castle in Stein and follow old wine trails that pass by the Höhereck. After the Kellerberg, we enter a fascinating landscape full of rock formations and woods, finding plenty of inviting spots to rest along the way. Passing through the Steiner Tor we arrive in the historical center of Dürnstein, where this stage of the route ends.
Distance: 12.5 km. Duration: approx. 4.5 h.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Dürnstein.

Day 3:
“Where King Richard the Lionhearted was held captive”
Today’s hike starts in Dürnstein, where you can explore the medieval town on a stroll of your own. The subsequent hike takes you uphill from Dürnstein on the Eselsteig to the Dürnstein ruin (legend of Richard the Lionhearted), to the lookout point Starhembergwarte and a restaurant known as the Fesselhütte. The high trail to Weissenkirchen, the final destination for this stage, takes you through the most famous vineyards in the Wachau and affords you wonderful views of the Danube.
Distance: 17 km. Duration: approx. 6 h.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Weissenkirchen.

Day 4:
“Where the vineyard birds sing the sweetest”
Today’s hike begins in Weissenkirchen. You proceed via the Teisenhoferhof, a Gothic fortress district in Weissenkirchen, through famous vineyards to the Michaelerberg, a natural landmark, then through the Mieslingtal, past one of the gateways of Spitz, Rotes Tor, to the town’s best-known vineyard – the Ried Singerriedel and the Baroque-style church square.
Distance: 10.5 km. Duration: approx. 3.5 h.
In the afternoon, a wine tasting session awaits you at a winery in Spitz. Overnight stay with breakfast in Spitz.

Day 5:
Panoramic Spitzer Graben hiking trail - “From Wine to Apricots”, Spitz – Mühldorf stage
From Spitz you cross the vineyard-covered hill known as Tausendeimerberg (literally: “thousand bucket hill” to indicate the number of grape picked here annually) and enter the scenic vineyards on Setzberg. In the marvelous oak forest beyond, you pass by three shelters run by a vintners’ association called Verein Marivino but currently closed before arriving in Muthstall. You then proceed via Niederranna to Oberranna Castle with its castle tavern. The route subsequently follows the Ötzbach on this stream’s gentle descent to Unterranna and goes from there to Mühldorf, the final destination for this stage.
Distance: 13 km. Duration: approx. 4 h.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Mühldorf.

Day 6:
Stage from Mühldorf via Jauerling and the nature park center to Spitz
From Mühldorf you cross over the 628-m-high Trenning, passing the highest-elevation vineyard in Lower Austria. Next is the 915-m-high Jauerling, known as the roof of the Wachau. The route proceeds via Benking through a wonderful forest landscape, passing the three hills Hirschenkogel, Zwölferkogel and Elferkogel before arriving at the Hinterhaus fortress ruin. From there, it is no longer very far to Spitz, the final destination for the day.
Distance: 13.5 km. Duration: approx. 5 h.
Overnight stay with breakfast in Spitz.

Day 7:
“Getting to know the Wachau from the most scenic vantage point”
After a hearty breakfast, you walk down to the landing stage in Spitz, which is close to the cable ferry. Now you can experience this river valley from the most scenic vantage point: from aboard a Danube ship. You pass the picturesque local towns and villages and the world-famous vineyards of the Wachau. You then arrive in Krems, your point of departure for the hike, and can head for home from there.

Services included:

  • 6 x overnight stays, breakfast included, in selected 3-star or 4-star lodgings
  • 5 x hiker's lunches with regional products, prepared by your host
  • 6 x luggage transferred by the lodgings (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 1 x wine tasting session including three wines and one Wachauer Laberl (a delicious local roll)
  • 1 x one-way ride on a Danube ship from Spitz to Krems
  • 1 x hiking packet with map, route description and information about the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape

Package price per person (excluding local tourist tax) as low as €559.00 in double room
Package price per person (excluding local tourist tax) as low as €624.00 in single room

(Price depends on the available room category)

Not included and to be paid on-site:
Local tourist tax of about €1.60 per person/night (charged for guests age 16 and up)
Parking fees in Krems for your car if you arrived by car.

Prices are without taxation. Read more: www.niederoesterreich.at/taxen

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  • Bookable from 04/01/2021 to 10/31/2021

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