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Wachau World Heritage Trail 08: Emmersdorf - Melk

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  • Stift Melk
    / Stift Melk
    Photo: Niederösterreich-Werbung/Michael Liebert
  • / Auf der Löweninsel vor Melk
    Photo: Stadt Melk
  • / Historische Marktstraße in Emmersdorf
    Photo: Arbeitskreis Wachau/Gregor Semrad
  • / Schloss Luberegg
    Photo: Wachau Nibelungengau-Kremstal, ©Schluss Luberegg/Fam. Pichler
  • / Schloss Rothenhof
    Photo: Naturpark Jauerling-Wachau/Ronald Würflinger
m 400 300 200 8 6 4 2 km Donaucamping Emmersdorf Badestrand mit Freizeitgelände Luberegg Dachberg-Warte Benediktinerstift Melk Donaukraftwerk
The surrounding villages of Emmersdorf, unique panorama, the imperial castle Luberegg, and the Danube waterfronts are part of this 10 kilometer long tour from Emmersdorf to Melk (Melk abbey always in sight). 
Distance 9.8 km
3:00 h
236 m
231 m

Wachau World Heritage Trail: From Emmersdorf to Melk

The first part oft he stage (Emmersdorf to Melk) leads you up to the village Rantenberg, where you get great panoramic views. Now you always walk downwards further on to castle Luberegg (tavern and restaurant) and also back to the Danube. On the isle Luberegg you will soon reach hydroelectric power station Melk, cross the Danube   and enter “Löweninsel” (lion isle) and soon after the old part of Melk city. 

Author’s recommendation

At the beginning of Red Cross street a milk dispenser, daily filled with fresh milk, is located. Start your tour with a fresh glas of milk from the nature park region Jauerling-Wachau. 
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Update: February 22, 2021
Highest point
383 m
Lowest point
207 m
Best time of year

Safety 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 Emmersdorf and Melk.

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

Restaurants that are open year-round you can find in Emmersdorf and Melk. Info: ;

Tavern Haferkast’n at castle Luberegg: daily from 4p.m., Saturday, Sunday and public holidays opening at 3p.m. (January, February and March closed). Info: ; 0043(0)2752 /71777

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


Emmersdorf, Marktstraße (market road) (213 m)
48.241110, 15.336431
48°14'28.0"N 15°20'11.2"E
33U 524979 5343153


Melk, Hauptplatz (main square)

Turn-by-turn directions

Your tour starts at market road of picturesque Renaissance village Emmersdorf and you walk through the viaduct underneath the Wachau train, then left into Rote Kreuz Straße (Red Cross Street). At the next diversion the way lights up right to castle Rothenhof (also accommodation). Now you take the left and immediately after the right into the small road called Waldweg (wood way). After about 250m you turn right again taking the Jägersteig (hunters track) and leave the village. Via pathes passing woods and meadows you reach Rantenberg. To your left you pass a fence where you normally can see donkeys, then you walk on and at the street you turn left an reach the stamp sation (at family Schroll, Wachau donkey adventures). Staying on the right side you cross the hamlet (only a few houses). After the last house in Rantenberg you turn left into a field track. After about 5 minutes you are at the diverson to the observation tower (Dachbergwarte), which is closed. The way leads downhill to hamlet Hain.

In the village you turn left once and then twice to the right. The way leads downwards, and you walk underneath the Wachau train track reaching imperial castle Luberegg (built in the 18th century). The tavern „Haferkast’n“ ( hay chest ), which invites you for a rest, is located in the castle. At the pedestrian crosswalk you cross the federation road B3, afterwards stay on the right and walk parallel to the road until leisure center Luberegg (there is a Danube lake with a sandy beach - beach use only at low tide). Now taking the left the way leads over a bridge to the isle Luberegg and to the Danube. After the bridge you turn right and walk next to the Danube always walking towards the hydroelectric power station Melk. Via the power station you cross the stream and reach lion isle of Melk. You are walking a short while downstream along the Danube and soon after you turn right and reach the alluvial forest. One more time you turn right pass a boom barrier and get to Saint Leopold’s bridge, cross the road and reach the main square of Melk (Melk abbey thrones on a rock above you).


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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.

Emmersdorf and Melk can be reached with the bus WL1 with hourly connections, seven days a week. (WL1: trainstation Krems-Dürnstein-Weißenkirchen-Spitz-Aggsbach Markt-Emmersdorf-trainstation Melk). This service connects trainstation Melk (Westbahn) with trainstation Krems (Franz-Josefs-Bahn). On the south bank bus WL2 (trainstation Krems-Mautern-Rossatz-Arnsdörfer-Aggsbach Dorf-Schönbühel-trainstation Melk) operates every two hours. Spitzer Graben (WL 5 connection between Spitz and Mühldorf) operates from Spitz departing every two hours 

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 Emmersdorf and Melk.   

Getting there

Highway A1 until exit Melk, following B3 to Melk or B3 and B3a to Emmerdorf. 


In Emmersdorf and also in Melk at the parking lot oft he landing stage. 


48.241110, 15.336431
48°14'28.0"N 15°20'11.2"E
33U 524979 5343153
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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  • Wachaubahn (Emmersdorf - Krems)
  • Radeln für Kids-Emmersdorf Route 6
  • DUR V1: Pielachmündung - Pielachhäuser
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9.8 km
3:00 h
236 m
231 m
Multi-stage route Refreshment stops available Cultural/historical interest Botanical highlights


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