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Wachau World Heritage Trail 04: Spitz - Mühldorf

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  • Weinbauort Spitz
    / Weinbauort Spitz
    Photo: Robert Herbst
  • / Am Panoramaweg im Spitzer Graben
    Photo: Lachlan Blair
  • / Regionale Schmankerl beim Heurigen in der Wachau genießen
    Photo: Andreas Hofer
  • / Steinterrassen in der Wachau
    Photo: Rita Newman
  • / Ausg'steckt is bei den Wachauer Heurigen
    Photo: Lachlan Blair
  • / Aussicht vom Spitzer Graben
    Photo: Lachlan Blair
  • / Burg Oberranna in Mühldorf
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Markus Haslinger
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Through the imposing side valley of the Wachau called Spitzer Graben the panoramic way leads from Spitz to Mühldorf. Starting at the Wachau area and ending the stage at the southern part of the wood quarter of Lawer Austria. The steepest and highest stone terraces, old oak and beech woods, wine villages, romantic castle „Oberranna“ and unique impressions and fantastic views into the Spitzer Graben, towards the Danube and the Jauerling await you on this stage.
Distance 10.9 km
4:00 h
487 m
345 m

Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Spitz to Mühldorf (Spitzer Graben)

Starting at wine village Spitz in the heart of the Wachau the way leads along vineyards and hills with great views like „Tausendeimerberg“ (thousand buckets of wine harvestet on this vineyard) and Setzberg (also a famous vineyard) into the imposing stone terraces and wine growing landscape of Spitzer Graben. You are walking through wonderful vineyards, oak and beech woods and pass three rest huts operated by the association „Marivino“ and finally reach Muthstall (valley). Via Niederranna you get to romantic castle Oberranna and there you follow the creek „Rannabach“ downwards to Kalvarienberg (Calvary). Always along the creek „Ötzbach“ the way leads gently down to Unterranna and moving along to destination Mühldorf.

Author’s recommendation

At the nature park „BIOthek“ close to the „Tausendeimerberg“ in Spitz regional products from organic farming are available. Info: ; Phone: 0043(0)2713/72935.

At the rest station of winery Helmut Donabaum you find a fridge filled with wines and juices and also a bench to rest accessible from May 1st till October 31st:

 Wine and hiking experience „Zornberghütte“: Every Sunday from May 1st till October 31st this restplace with its great views is catered by one of the members of association „Marivino“ offering regional products (wines, juices and fresh water). More information:

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Update: February 23, 2021
Highest point
446 m
Lowest point
226 m
Best time of year

Safety information

The rest huts along the way are not serviced and there is no opportunity to refill your water bottles. Only the „Zornberghütte“ (rest hut) is open every Sunday from May 1st to October 31st, where wine growers from the association „Marivino“ sell regional products (wine, juice and water), more information:

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

Tips and hints

For restaurants and accommodation we recommend „Best of Wachau“ businesses: You find „Best of Wachau“ members in Spitz and Mühldorf.

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

Several restaurants and cafes are located in Spitz and Mühldorf. In Mühldorf both restaurants (Gasthaus Siebenhandl,; 0043(0)2713/8257, und Gasthaus Busch/Niederranna, 0043(0)2713/8201) are closed. Exception: In July,August and September Gasthaus Siebenhandl opens also on Mondays.

Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in Spitz in winter:

Taverns are in Spitz and Laaben (stamp station family Donabaum). Several taverns in Spitz are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at

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


Spitz, Kirchenplatz (church square) (226 m)
48.365680, 15.414076
48°21'56.4"N 15°24'50.7"E
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Mühldorf, Marktplatz (market square)

Turn-by-turn directions

The hiking tour starts at church square in Spitz and you follow Friedhofgasse (cemetery alley) westwards. At the nature park „BIOthek“ you turn left into a narrow path leading up to Tausendeimerberg. On top you get a great view of picturesque Spitz and of course the river Danube. On the right side along a gravel path through the vineyards you walk down to district Quitten. Here you stay left and in Radlbach you are turning right and get into the wonderful vineyards at the Setzberg (hill). To the left making a big bend, the way leads along nature monument Setzberg to the first rest hut of association „Marivino“. At the back of the hut the way leads left down the „Laabener Graben“ (ditch) and you reach the restplace and stamp station of winery Helmut Donabaum. There you keep right and walk towards nature monument Vogelsang (birdsong) on a paved wine trail, also precious dry grassland and picturesque stone terraces are to be seen.

At a wayside shrine you turn left and after a few minutes you get into the vineyards. You keep following the track uphill and reach the end of the vineyards. Now you follow the path until Zornbergweg (walkingway). A little time later Zornberghütte (rest hut) invites you for a rest. Its open from May to October only on Sundays from 11a.m. till 4.p.m. run by a winegrower of the association „Marivino“. Afterwards you follow the way through a natural oak wood and pass the third rest hut and the weather cross. At the crossing at vineyard Eichberg you turn right going on to Muthstall. At the village you cross Bengelbach (creek) via a little bridge and walk uphill to Niederranna. Passing the pictureque Baroque castle „Prandhof“ and the church you walk through the village and follow the street leading to castle Oberranna. You enter the garden of the castle and walk to the gate. In front of the gate you turn left and follow the the castle track to Mühldorf. Via the „Florianistiege“ (stairs) you reach market square with the mill wheel.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

The villages can be reached 7 days a week by public transportation (Wachau buses). Its possible to get back to the start of the tour.

Spitze is connected with Krems and Melk seven days a week with hourly operating buses of the line WL1(from trainstation Krems via Dürnstein-Weißenkirchen-Spitz-Aggsbach Markt-Emmersdorf-Melk trainstation). More information:

Spitzer Graben (WL 5 connection between Spitz and Mühldorf) operates from Spitz departing every two hours. Info at:

On weekends and public holidays a shuttle bus service with fixed tours operates as well with stops in Spitz and Mühldorf. It has to be called one hour prior of departure. Phone: 0043 810 810 278 to make reservation and more info at

Wachautrain operates on weekends and public holidays (3 times a day). More information:

Stations for the bike rent system „nextbike“ (1€ per hour) are located in Spitz and Mühldorf(market square). More information:

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. More information:                      

Getting there

Highway A1 until exit Melk, following B3 to Spitz or via B3 and B217 to Mühldorf.


At the trainstation or at the castle in Spitz or in the center of Mühldorf.


48.365680, 15.414076
48°21'56.4"N 15°24'50.7"E
33U 530669 5357028
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Hiking boots, raincoat, enough to eat and drink, a trail map and maybe a list of open taverns. You can find an equipmentlist on 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 Spitzer Graben
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10.9 km
4:00 h
487 m
345 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available Botanical highlights


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