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Wachau World Heritage Trail. Hiking along the South Bank

Wandern am Welterbesteig Wachau

5 nights from € 479.00

  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Ferdinandswarte
5 nights
Package price
from € 479.00

Period of travel

  • 16.04.2022 - 26.10.2022

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Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
3620 Spitz, Schlossgasse 3
+43 2713 30060 Web

Route Google maps

  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau
  • Ferdinandswarte

Hiking in the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, is a balm to body and soul. The Wachau World Heritage Trail runs along the north and south banks, high above the free-flowing Danube and centuries-old stone terraces. You hike through the famous Wachau vineyards, a number of apricot orchards and tranquil wine villages with heuriger like wine taverns. Your luggage is transferred daily from one host to the next. Moreover the hosts will be providing the snacks for the way, made of regional products.

Day 1 – Arrival
Individual arrival to Furth and overnight stay incl. breakfast.

Day 2 – Furth - Rossatz
Distance 16 km - Duration 6 h
From Furth, this stage takes you via the Benedictine Abbey of Göttweig, Steinaweg and Baumgarten to Unterbergern. There is a stunning view of the Wachau from the Archduke Ferdinand lookout point. Then you move on to the Bergerner Höhe and the 508m-high Pemexel with Krems visible in the distance. At the end of your descent, you may want to take a brief rest at the wonderful sand beach in Rossatzbach. Passing through vineyards and apricot orchards, you proceed via the panoramic trail to the wine town of Rossatz.
Overnight stay incl. breakfast in Rossatz

Day 3 – Rossatz - Mitterarnsdorf
Distance 16.8 km – Duration 6.30 h
From the idyllic town of Rossatz, the World Heritage Trail passes through the Steinige Riess nature reserve with its imposing oak forest. Walking along an ancient Roman road, you discover traces of the Turkish Wars and enjoy grand views of two local hills: Hirschwand and Seekopf.
Overnight stay incl. breakfast in Mitterarnsdorf

Day 4 – Mitterarnsdorf - Aggsbach Dorf/Aggstein
Distance 16 km – Duration 6.30 h
Walking parallel to the Danube, you pass the cable ferry in Oberarnsdorf before turning left into the valley known as the Buchental. The trail takes you on a steady uphill climb along the Arnsdorfer vineyards. A slight detour to Hoher Stein is highly recommended. It is just a short climb off the trail and is one of the most scenic lookout points along the entire World Heritage Trail. At the monastery in Maria Langegg you can take a short rest in the monastic restaurant or visit the informative pilgrimage museum. Then follow the signs to the romantic Aggstein castle ruin before descending on shaded forest paths to Aggsbach Dorf.
Overnight stay incl. breakfast in Aggsbach Dorf or Aggstein

Day 5 – Aggsbach Dorf/Aggstein - Melk
Distance 17 km - Duration 6 h
This stage of the trail starts at the hammer mill in Aggsbach Dorf. Next you ascend the Hohenwarthberg to the Hohenwarther Höhe for an impressive panoramic view of the Dunkelsteinerwald forest region. The route then takes you downhill through the woods to Berging and beyond to Schönbühel, with its lovely castle (currently in private hands). Following an old service road, you arrive at the Jonaskreuz wayside shrine with a lovely rest area and a grand view of the Danube, Jauerling and the surrounding area. After passing through the small village of Pielachberg and the Benedictine Abbey of Melk, your hike ends in the main square of Melk.
Overnight stay incl. breakfast in Melk

Day 6 – Ride on a Danube ship and return home
After a hearty breakfast, you stroll to the Danube landing stage in Melk. Now you can experience this UNESCO World Heritage landscape from the most scenic vantage point. On board the ship, you pass the picturesque towns and villages and the world-famous vineyards of the Wachau on your way to Krems. You are then returned to the point of departure of your hike and can head for home from there.

Package price per person excluding local tax up from € 479,00 in a double room
Package price per person excluding local tax up from € 630,00 in a single room

(the price depends on the available room category)

Services included:

  • 5 x overnight stays in selected accommodations, breakfast included
  • 4 x daily hiking snacks with regional products, prepared by the host
  • 5 x luggage transportation by the overnight-stay selected accommodation (max 1 luggage per person)
  • 1 x boat trip Melk – Krems (one way)
  • 1 x taxi ride from Krems to Furth
  • 1 x hiking file

Services not included and to be paid locally:

  • local tax € 1,60 per person/night (up from15 years of age)
  • parking fee is to be paid directly at the parking area, if you arrive by your own car


Organizer: Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH, A-3620 Spitz an der Donau, Schlossgasse 3, GISA-Zahl: 13091941
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