Pleasure, culture & culinary delights while hiking along the Danube
Multifaceted hiking paths, picturesque landscapes and the best of culinary pleasure ensure an all-round successful hiking holiday in the Danube region. You can expect just as many cultural sights along the routes as there are typical restaurants and taverns where you can strengthen yourself for the next hiking stage. The soothing murmur of the Danube, the second largest river in Europe, accompanies you on your hiking routes in this special travel destination in Austria.
Hiking holidays on the Danube Trail
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Hiking on the Danube Trail
When hiking on the Danube Trail you will experience the shady forests and lush green hills from the Cathedral city of Passau to Linz. During your hiking tour you can admire numerous ruins and medieval buildings, as well as Engelzell Abbey, the only Trappist monastery in Austria. After the steeper climbs, you will be rewarded with breathtaking views of the river Danube and the Danube valley.
Hiking holidays in the Wachau
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Hiking and wine in Lower Austria’s green heart
There are a few things you simply cannot avoid during a hiking holiday on the Danube: wine and juicy fruit. And that’s a good thing, because they are characteristic of the region between the cities of Melk and Krems. In the spring, summer and autumn especially, the Wachau is recommended. Be it the fragrant apricot blossoms, the shade under a vine-covered pergola, the wine tavern or the grape harvest later in the year. There’s nowhere else you can get closer to fine wines than the Wachau. In many parts the trails lead directly through the vineyards. With the wine region right in front of your nose, and the Danube at your feet, a hiking holiday cannot get any better.
The Wachau: from vineyards, apricot groves and tavern culture
In the Wachau they call taverns “Heuriger”, and apricots are called “Marillen”. These and even more quaint characteristics of this charming region in Lower Austria can be experienced during a hiking holiday. The Wachau has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000 – and not without cause. Because the region in the Danube Valley is full of surprises that want to be explored. From the hidden vineyards to the ruins of Dürnstein, where Richard the Lionheart was once imprisoned. Hardly anywhere else hiking and wine come together as harmoniously as in the Wachau.
Questions and answers about hiking holidays in the Danube region
Our hiking tours on the Danube and on the World Heritage Trail Wachau can be booked from April to October.
A particularly beautiful experience in this region is a hiking holiday in spring or April, when you can enjoy the apricot blossom in the Wachau in full bloom.
- Read more about
the beginning of spring in the Wachauon our HikingBlog.
All of our hiking holidays in the Danube region and in the Wachau are ideally suited for a hiking holiday with a dog. From the dog-friendly hotels to the paw-friendly hiking paths, our individual hiking holidays ensure an all-round successful holiday experience for two and four-legged friends.
- Find out more information, dog-friendly hiking holidays and helpful tips for hiking with a dog.
There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Danube region and in the Wachau:
- The borders of the Roman Empire – Danube Limes (the western area)
- The cultural landscape of the Wachau between Melk and Krems
The regions along the Danube and in the picturesque Wachau not only offer a wonderful landscape with the typical wine terraces and the beautiful nature, but also the best conditions for hiking and enjoying.
And enjoyment is guaranteed not to be neglected here on an individual hiking holiday. Whether delicious apricot dumplings with Wachau apricots, an excellent glass of wine from the Wachau or a tasty 'Brettljause' – enjoyment is at the top of the list when hiking on the Danube and in the Wachau. More inspiration about the topic ‚hiking and wine‘.
There are also cultural highlights worth seeing away from the hiking paths, such as Melk Abbey, a Benedictine abbey on the banks of the Danube. Either way, a hiking holiday in the Danube region will inspire you!