• Paar am Welterbesteig Wachau © Andreas Hofer
  • Welterbesteig Wachau bei Spitz © Andreas Hofer
  • Welterbesteig Wachau © Andreas Hofer

Wachau World Heritage Trail

Hiking from the Danube to wine to apricots

The Wachau World Heritage Trail is a 180 km long-distance hiking trail and follows the best in scenic trails through the Danube Valley and Wachau wine country. This high-altitude trail follows historical paths to link together the 13 communities of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape containing some of Europe's most enchanting river scenery. The Wachau World Heritage Trail takes you to 20 fortresses, ruins and castles, the Wachau wine region with its stone terraces and steep hillside vineyards, three monasteries and Jauerling, the highest mountain along the whole course of the Danube 960 m. Nowhere is the Danube more beautiful.

This long-distance trail is divided into 14 legs and can be hiked in both directions. The 90 km Jauerling Loop consists of seven legs and three ferry connections, so it lends itself to variation and can be tailored to individual tastes for an unusual hiking experience.


Wachau World Heritage Trail Stages

Service and tips

Please pay attention to following tips and hints, in order to enjoy your hiking trip.

  • Stay on the marked trails.
  • Wear hiking boots for your safety.
  • Use walking sticks to find balance.
  • It is always good to have a rainjacket with you.
  • Don't forget your trail map.
  • Make sure to have enough drinking water.
  • Don't litter!
  • No open fire!
  • Do not take any grapes or fruits out of someones garden.
  • Please respect the sensitive habitats of flora and fauna.

We also like to point out, that it is forbidden to ride a horse or a mountain bike along wood trails or private forest roads.

Stamp stations & Pins

The stamp pass for the Wachau Trail and the Jauerling tour also helps you to plan for your stages. You receive the pass in the Info points or you can download it. Just print it and collect the stamps at each stage. The location of each stamp station is written on the pass. You can purchase the pin for a small fee at all Tourist Information points on the trail.

Stamp pass

Equipment list - "Hiking"

For great memories of your hiking experience and to enjoy the surrounding nature, please consider to take some general gear which is listed below.

Equipment list