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Wachau World Heritage Trail 8-day Self-guided Walking Tour Level 2
Here in the Wachau area the Danube is even more beautiful than anywhere else. The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for orchards and vineyards. Our hiking week leads thought the long-distance trail "World Heritage Trail Wachau" along the ridges of the Danube valley. On the varied walking routes you can enjoy magnificent views of one of Austria's oldest cultural landscapes with characteristic vineyards, apricot gardens and the impressive Danube stream in the valley. A varied walking tour leads past steep rocks, across soft hills and through aromatic vineyards. Little hamlets dot the landscape and apart from the famous wine, delicious apricot delicacies belong to the outstanding regional specialties.
You walk mainly on well maintained trails and some paved vineyard paths. Depending on the route, you can make the stages more comfortable or more challenging. The peaks in the Wachau region are not high, but steep in places. Sure-footedness therefore is required in some places. This week offers a perfect blend of nature, culture and culinary delights
* Boat cruise is only possible starting from mid-April, bus ride as an alternative.
Slow Tours offers a number of other Walking Tours in Europe
Individual journey to Krems. Arrival at hotel
Krems – Dürnstein, „Vineyards“
Walk up into the vineyards to the tower with view on blue Danube, the city Krems and impressing monastery Göttweig. Cross the hills to ruin Dürnstein or take the picturesque Talgrabensteig via Talweg to Dürnstein. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hrs. Details: approx. 12 km, +510 m / -500 m
Dürnstein – Weißenkirchen, „Heart of Wachau“
Take the ferry from Dürnstein to Rossatz. Continue past the largest apricot growing area of Austria, on old tracks up to Seekopf with stunning views to the Alps. Optional take a walk along Danube through orchards to the ferry. In Weißenkirchen a theme trail leads through the vineyards. Walking time: approx. 3.5 to 5 hrs. Details: approx. 12 km, +490 m / -500 m
Rest day Weißenkirchen, „Wachauer Dolce Vita“
Surrounded by sunny vineyards and green forests the mighty Gothic parish church of Weißenkirchen is remarkable sight. The wine grower villages Joching, Wösendorf and St. Michael form together with Weißenkirchen the biggest wine grower community of Wachau. Visit museums, beautiful walking trails or take a boat tour on Danube. Enjoy a glass of Wachauer wine in one of the wine taverns.
Weißenkirchen – Spitz, „Observation platform Buschandlwand“
Leave Weißenkirchen via the wine trail, past picturesque wine cellars to the climb up to Seiber. Walk through the forest at first quite steep to Buschandlwand where an observation platform allows stunning panorama views. An alternative route passes through vineyards to the famous wine grower community Spitz an der Donau. Walking time: approx. 4 to 5 hrs. Details: approx. 12 km, +520 m / -510 m
Spitz – Melk, „Ruin Aggsbach“
Cross the Danube by ferry to Maria Langegg. Here you follow St. Jacob’s trail to ruin Aggsbach. Visit the fortress with scenic views across the Danube valley and stop for a snack. Down you walk to Aggsbach where you catch the coach to Melk. Walking time: approx. 4.5 to 5.5 hours. Details: approx. 14 km, +580 m / -560 m
Melk – Krems, „Danube Cruise“
Visit the impressive monastery with beautiful grounds before you board the Danube boat. During the cruise to Krems you pass the highlights of the week, see all the vineyards as well as Spitz and Durnstein.
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