May 1st - October 6th, 2023

Hiking from the Danube to wine to apricots

"Wine is the most useful of drinks,
among medicines the tastiest and
among foods the most pleasant.
”Plutarch, Greek writer, 45 – 120

An old cultural landscape – the Wachau - developed on both sides of the Danube between the famous Melk Abbey and the pretty little town of Krems. Along one of the most enchanting river landscapes in Europe, the world heritage trail between rugged rocks, steep terraced vineyards, extensive orchards and imposing monasteries, castles and ruins casts a spell over hikers. In terms of climate, the landscape is sun-kissed, and the soil conditions are also ideal, which has enabled wine and fruit growing in particular to flourish. The outstanding quality of certain Wachau wines is also due to a special microclimate that is related to greater daily temperature fluctuations and the moisture potential of the Danube. It was hard work on a dangerous steep slope when the wine terraces were built, supported by stones and layered into walls without mortar. In 2000, this area was declared a World Heritage Site due to its special location and culture.

General information:

Daily stages are introductory to moderately difficult and are suitable for beginners. A reasonable fitness level and basic hiking equipment like good hiking shoes, rucksack, rain and sun protection, functional clothing and also a warmer jacket or pullover are necessary to enjoy your trip.


  • 7 x Overnight stay with breakfast in ***/****Inns/hotels
  • 1 x welcome video with explanations and information that you need for the tour
  • Hiking map and further information materials (1 x per room)
  • 4 x bus tickets
  • 1 x ticket for boat ride Krems – Weissenkirchen
  • 3 x luggage transfer - max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage       
  • Service hotline daily from 8.00 - 18.00 o’clock (also on weekends)


Day 1: Individual arrival in Krems, the gateway to the Wachau
The city, which is more than a thousand years old, is dominating the left bank of the Danube. When you approach medieval Krems, you quickly understand that a tour through the modern port city on the one hand and the winding old town on the other hand, an ensemble of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque, is very attractive. When looking at the opposite bank of the Danube, one discovers Göttweig Abbey, which crowns a hill and resembles a Grail Castle (2 nights in Krems).

Day 2: Hike through the best vineyards to the baroque jewel of Dürnstein
Krems and its formerly independent sister city of Stein are among the pretty little towns in the Wachau. They were once important transhipment centers on the Danube for wine, salt and other goods that brought prosperity to the places. Today's stage leads through the tranquil Stein and further into Stein´s wine landscape. Following old wine paths, the trail leads over the imposing Ried Loibenberg and on through a varied rock and forest landscape to Dürnstein. The town, which is well worth seeing, is also known as the 'Pearl of the Wachau' due to its location and the art treasures. From here you take the bus back to Krems for your overnight stay.
Hiking: approx 4,5 hours (12 km, ascent 385 m in height, descent 391 m in height)

Day 3: On the way in the beautiful Wachau by boat and with a walking stick
Today's stage is characterized by great views down into the Danube valley, past fascinating rock formations and through enchanting vineyards. At the beginning of the day, enjoy a boat trip on the Danube from Krems to Weißenkirchen - one of the highlights of a visit to the Wachau. Nature lovers will also get their money's worth on promising paths - for example when visiting the natural monument Michaelerberg, originally an old meadow, which is one of the most species-rich meadows on the Danube. Before reaching the wine-growing village of Spitz, you pass through the legendary Red Gate, the remains of a former defensive wall. Incidentally, the wine-growing town of Spitz is home to a well-known type of wine - the Neuburger (2 nights in Spitz).
Hiking: approx. 3,5 hours  (11 km, ascent 506 m in heigth,  descent  494 m in height)

Day 4: Through the imposing side valley 'Spitzer Graben' to the Waldviertel
The side valley winds up into the Waldviertel at the northern foot of the Jauerling - it is known for its steep, high terraced vines and ancient apricot orchards. Two castles are distinctive for the largest side valley of the Wachau: the Hinterhaus ruins and Oberranna Castle. A stop at one of the wine taverns in the wine-growing villages along the route is a good idea. First, however, you have to climb the Tausendeimerberg (“thousand bucket mountain”), from where you have a wonderful view of the picturesque city and the Danube. Now the high-altitude hike begins through the imposing stone terraces wine landscape. The route through oak and beech forests is wonderful. Several huts invite you to linger and some of these scenic rest areas are even managed by winegrowers. Bubbling streams accompany the hiker before the stage destination Mühldorf finally comes into view and the market square with the mill wheel is reached via the Floriani staircase. The bus will take you back to the overnight stay in Spitz.
Hiking: approx. 4 hours (11 km, ascent 487 m in height, descent 345 m in height)

Day 5: On historical paths to the Renaissance town of Emmersdorf
In the morning, the bus will take you to the attractive resort of Aggsbach Markt at the foot of the 960 meter high Jauerling. Here it is worth visiting the late Romanesque parish church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary and the baroque vicarage next door. The Jauerling high plateau and its villages, bell towers, wonderful panoramic views and a lonely castle church in Gossam await us during this entertaining hike. The hike goes steadily uphill to the Edelberg, further along a beautiful forest path and uphill to the 482 m high Glatzberg and the Bärenreut plateau with a beautiful view of the Jauerling and Maria Laach. On the way to the next stage destination, Emmersdorf, the impressive Gossam fortified church ruins from the 12th century are located on a rocky hill. Finally, Emmersdorf is within reach. Most of the town houses and winegrowers' houses as well as the two-storey Magdalenen chapel date from the Renaissance period (2 nights in Emmersdorf).
Hiking: approx. 5 hours (15 km, ascent 611 m in height, descent 607 m in height)

Day 6: On the way in the highlands of Weiten and to the primordial course of the Danube
Today's hike runs over promising plateaus through the Weiten low mountain range. First it goes past Rothenhof Castle and to St. Georgen and on to the hamlet of Pömling, whose bell tower greets you from afar. The path leads down to Eitental through a beautiful forest landscape. Finally, through a pine forest, we reach the highest point of the stage at the player's cross. The last part of the hike leads across blooming meadows towards vastness. From the town with its medieval charm, the bus will take you back to Emmersdorf for the night.
Hiking: approx. 6 hours (18 km, ascent 632 m in height, descent 509 m in height)

Day 7: Through the Emmersdorf villages to Melk
Today you can expect unique panoramic views of the opposite baroque Melk Abbey and the Danube valley. A detour to the observation tower on the Dachberg is tempting. It now goes downhill to the river to the Luberegg country palace on the Danube bank road with a huge wooden shingle roof, which Emperor Franz I. had converted into his summer residence in 1795. Finally, you get to the Danube power plant in Melk, where the Danube is also crossed. On the south bank of the river now you finish for the night in the city of Melk (1 night in Melk).
Hiking: approx. 3 hours (10 km, ascent 236 m in height, descent 231 m in height)

Day 8: Departure or individual extension option in the Wachau
If you have the opportunity, we recommend a visit to Melk Abbey. The abbey, a baroque highlight of the Wachau, lies majestically on a steep rocky hill, where Benedictine monks have been active for over 900 years. The complex with the collegiate church and state halls including the collegiate park is worth a visit. Additional nights can also be booked. Otherwise, the return journey takes place today.

Rates per person and arrangement in €:


01.05. – 01.07.23

01.09. – 06.10.23

01.07. – 01.09.23


***/****inns/hotels in double room with breakfast



Supplement half board



Supplement for single room



Supplement for additional night

on request

on request

Supplement for single travellers



Day of arrival



Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 3,-- per person/per night)


Prices are subject to change

Accommodation: Twin-bedded rooms in Austrian resorts are normally one large base with two mattresses/duvets. These are also known as 'Austrian Twins' and are regarded as two beds. Separate twin beds are rare and cannot be guaranteed as available.

Location of the accommodation mainly close to the trials.

Information for arrivals by car: The parking place does not always situate next to the accommodation but on a public parking place. (Possibly costs have to be paid on spot)

Dogs: Dogs are allowed in the accommodations on request, often for a small fee. Extra costs have to be paid on spot. Austrian law requires that dogs have to be on leash or have to wear a muzzle in public transport.


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Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.

For environmental reasons, we recommend arriving and departing by public transport (train/bus). We are happy to help you organise your train journey within Austria. Talk to us!

The UNESCO World Heritage List currently lists 1,154 natural and cultural sites from 167 countries worldwide. The excellent cultural and natural monuments have an extraordinary universal value that must be preserved in the long term. Austria is represented with 10 World Heritage Sites.

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