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Wachau World Heritage Trail 03: Weißenkirchen - Spitz

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  • Weißenkirchen im Winter
    / Weißenkirchen im Winter
    Photo: Donau NÖ Tourismus/Andreas Hofer
  • / Weißenkirchen mit Schnee
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  • / Weißenkirchen im Winter
    Photo: Donau NÖ Tourismus/JMZ
  • / Spitz im Winter mit Ausblick auf die Donau
    Photo: Donau NÖ Tourismus/Andreas Hofer
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From Weißenkirchen to Spitz your way leads through the impressive heart oft he Wachau stone terraces and vineyards. The wine growers villages of Weißenkirchen and Spitz invite you to rest and enjoy the wine of the area. Nature lovers will be thrilled seeing the nature monument at „Michaelerberg“ (hill).
moderate
Distance 10.5 km
3:30 h
506 m
494 m
Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Weißenkirchen to Spitz

This stage leads through unique vineyards. High above the Danube you find the biggest cohesive wine growing area of the Wachau including famous vineyards like „Kollmitz,Kollmütz,Hochrain“ with stunning views. Above of St. Michael you walk through romantic dry grasslands, woods and miraculous rock landscapes and marvelous views are guaranteed. Through the red gate you enter the wine village Spitz. In the historic wine villages of Spitz and Weißenkirchen dozens of taverns, restaurants and cafes are welcoming you.

Author’s recommendation

Its worth visiting the „nature park BIOthek-Wachau“ in Spitz run by the owners of the biological businesses in the Wachau area. Its located in a winery of the 16th century near church square. Opening times: end of April until end of October every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, www.naturpark-jauerling.at.
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Update: November 12, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
457 m
Lowest point
214 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

There are no restaurants along the way and also no water source.

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

Tips and hints

Best of Wachau: The most famous and recommendable restaurants and accommodations in the Wachau „UNESCO-World-Heritage“ you find here atwww.bestof-wachau.at.

You can find more information about restaurants and accommodations at www.welterbesteig.at. Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in Spitz and Weißenkirchen in winter. More information about the winter opening times at or www.spitz-wachau.at.

You can find taverns in Weißenkirchen and Spitz. Several taverns are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.

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

Start

Weißenkirchen, Marktplatz (market square) (214 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.397653, 15.470155
DMS
48°23'51.6"N 15°28'12.6"E
UTM
33U 534801 5360606
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Destination

Spitz, Kirchenplatz (church square)

Turn-by-turn directions

From market square in Weißenkirchen the castle stairs at Bachstraße (creek road) lead up left to the castle quarter, one of the oldest settlements in the Wachau with gothic harvest courts and several taverns (stamp station tavern family Rosenberger). At the end of castle quarter you walk downward into the „Lichtgartl“ (name of a former vineyard could be translated with light garden) and reach the vineyards. You cross Seiberstraße (street) and get to a vineyard called „Ritzling“. Now the way turns right passing vineyard „Postaller“ up tot he famous vineyard „Kollmitz“. At this point its possible to hike down to Wösendorf and Joching. The main route continues right along the panoramic way leading into the Buchenwald (beech wood). So after a few minutes you leave the vinyeards and enter a beech wood. After the wood loop you will enter the vineyards again at Geißberg (hill) and finally reach a panoramic trail above the well known vineyards „Hochrain, Höll and Kollmütz“.

At the end oft he vineyards you enter the wood, walking to the view point and nature monument „Michaelerberg“ (hill), where you find a descent way to St. Michael (20 min descent time). Michaelerberg was an old „Hutweide“ (grassland for animals watched by a shepherd) and belongs to the most biodiverse meadows along the Danube. Bizarre rock and stone formations make the Michaelerberg so special. After a short rest including great views you follow the panoramic trail St. Michael through an untouched oak and hornbeam forest down to Mieslingtal (valley). At the creek you walk right and soon you cross the Mieslingbach (creek) and walking uphill you reach legendary red gate, the rest of the former defensive wall of Spitz. You walk through the gate entering the vineyards of Spitz and via a historic connecting path straight down to Spitz. Passing the famous vineyards „Rotes Tor“, „Singerriedel“ and „Axpoint“ after about 10 minutes picturesque church square of Spitz is in sight which marks the end of this stage.

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Public transport

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.

On the north shore (Bus WL 1 from trainstation Krems via Dürnstein-Weißenkirchen-Spitz-Aggsbach Markt-Emmersdorf-Melk trainstation) hourly buses depart 7 days a week. On the south shore (Bus WL 2: from trainstation Krems via Mautern-Rossatz-Arnsdörfer-Aggsbach Dorf-Schönbühel-Melk trainstation) buses are departing every two hours. Spitzer Graben (WL 5 connection between Spitz and Mühldorf) operates from Spitz departing every two hours. Info at: www.vor.at.

At the nature park Jauerling bus (WL 7, www.naturpark-jauerling.at) and to Göttweiger Berg (hill) buses (WL 4) operate on weekends and public holidays as shuttle bus service with fixed tours and have to be called one hour prior of departure. Phone: 0043 810 810 278 to make reservation and more info at www.vor.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 Weißenkirchen and Spitz. More information: www.nextbike.at

Timetable ferry Weißenkirchen to St.Lorenz: March 28th to November 1st: Monday to Friday 9a.m.-12a.m. and 1:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:00a.m.-6.30p.m. The ferry is not operating during winter time.

Timetable ferry Spitz to Arnsdorf: March 16th to March 31st: Mo-Fr 6a.m.-6:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-6:30p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-6:30p.m. April: Mo.-Fr. 6a.m.-7:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday and public holiday 8a.m.-7:30p.m. May 1st until Sept. 30th: Mo.-Fr. 6.a.m.-8:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-8:30 p.m. October: Mo.-Fr. 6.a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 7.a.m.-6:30p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-6:30p.m. November 16th –March 15th: Mo.-Fr. 6a.m.-11:15a.m. and 3:45p.m.-6p.m. The ferry is not operating on weekends during winter time.

Getting there

Highway A1 until intersection St.Pölten, following S33 and B3 via Krems to Weißenkirchen or Spitz.

Parking

Parking along the waterfront or at the trainstation Weißenkirchen or at the trainstation or at the castle in Spitz.

Coordinates

DD
48.397653, 15.470155
DMS
48°23'51.6"N 15°28'12.6"E
UTM
33U 534801 5360606
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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.

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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  • Panoramaweg Rossatz
  • Wachau World Heritage Trail 02: Dürnstein - Weißenkirchen
  • Wachau World Heritage Trail 11: Hofarnsdorf - Rossatz
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
10.5 km
Duration
3:30 h
Ascent
506 m
Descent
494 m
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