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World Heritage Trail Wachau Charm

Wine and Culture along the Blue Danube.

Here in the Wachau area the Danube is even more beautiful than anywhere else. The mild climate and steep hills make it ideal territory for orchards and vineyards. Our hiking week leads thought the long-distance trail "World Heritage Trail Wachau" along the ridges of the Danube valley. On the varied walking routes you can enjoy magnificent views of one of Austria's oldest cultural landscapes with characteristic vineyards, apricot gardens and the impressive Danube stream in the valley. A varied walking tour leads past steep rocks, across soft hills and through aromatic vineyards. Little hamlets dot the landscape and apart from the famous wine, delicious apricot delicacies belong to the outstanding regional specialities.

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Walk up into the vineyards to the tower with view on blue Danube, the city Krems and impressing monastery Göttweig. Cross the hills to the cozy Fesslhütte and reach the Dürnstein ruins on a trail with great views before reaching the banks of the Danube.

approx. 4.5 hours
12 km
510 m
500 m

Take the ferry from Dürnstein to Rossatz. Continue past the largest apricot growing area of Austria, on old tracks up to Seekopf with stunning views to the Alps. Optional take a walk along Danube through orchards to the ferry.

approx. 5 hours
12 km
490 m
480 m

Leave Weißenkirchen via the wine trail, past picturesque wine cellars to the climb up to Seiber. Walk through the forest at first quite steep to Buschandlwand where an observation platform allows stunning panorama views. An alternative route passes through vineyards to the famous wine grower community Spitz an der Donau.

approx. 4 to 5 hours
12 km
520 m
510 m

The beautiful wine-growing village Spitz on the Danube offers many possibilities for your rest day: museums, beautiful hiking trails or a boat trip on the Danube. Take time to taste a glass of Wachau wine in one of the wine taverns.

Cross the Danube by ferry to Maria Langegg. Here you follow St. Jacob’s trail to ruin Aggsbach. Visit the fortress with scenic views across the Danube valley and stop for a snack. Down you walk to Aggsbach where you catch the coach to Melk.

approx. 4.5 to 5.5 hours
15 km
640 m
640 m

Visit the impressive monastery with beautiful grounds before you board the Danube boat. During the cruise to Krems you pass the highlights of the week, see all the vineyards as well as Spitz and Durnstein.

Tour character

You walk mainly on good trails and some paved vineyard paths. Depending on the route, you can make the stages more comfortable or more challenging. The peaks in the Wachau region are not high, but steep in places. Surefootedness therefore is required in some places. This week offers a perfect blend of nature, culture and culinary delight.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 6, 2019 - Apr 28, 2019
Aug 19, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019
daily
Season 2
Jun 3, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019
Sep 9, 2019 - Sep 22, 2019
daily
Season 3
Apr 29, 2019 - Jun 2, 2019
Jul 1, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019
Sep 23, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
daily
World Heritage Trail Wachau 8 days, charm, AT-WAWKR-08A
Base price
Surcharge single room
789,00
215,00
819,00
215,00
859,00
215,00

You spend the night in specially selected hotels with special "extras" and can enjoy all the facilities of the charming accommodations (see "Partner hotel").

Bonus: 4-course gourmet menu accompanied by carefully chosen wines from the own vineyard estate in the hotel ‚Gartenhotel Pfeffel’.

Extra nights upon request!

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Wine tasting (German, English)
  • Boat cruise Melk – Krems*

* Boat cruise is only possible starting from mid-April, bus ride as an alternative.

  • 4-course gourmet menu accompanied by carefully chosen wines from the own vineyard estate in the hotel ‚Gartenhotel Pfeffel’.
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • By train from Vienna to Krems and a few minutes walk to the starting hotel.
  • Parking: limited free parking at the hotel, no reservation possible. Public parking garage available for approx. EUR 20 per week, no reservation required.

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • In category Hike & Charm you stay one night in Weißenkirchen and two nights in Spitz
  • 2x ferry crossings Danube, bus fare from Aggsdorf to Melk (only 8-day tour), approx. EUR 6 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

From our hiking blog

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Ratings

5 of 5 Stars (4 Ratings)
5 stars
Peter W. AU | 13.10.2018
Very Enjoyable 5 Days in Wachau
A well organised and beautiful walk along the Danube. Highlight was probably Durnstein but all was good. Some sections of the walk are a bit "rugged" but there are alternatives for those with bad knees.
5 stars
Heiko Meier DE | 09.09.2018
Tolles Wandererlebnis Wachau / Welterbesteig
Schöne Wege ,gute Wegbeschreibungen ,Tagesetappen gut zu bewältigen, immer wieder abwechslungsreiche Natur (Wein und Wald) mit toller Aussicht auf die Donau..
5 stars
Ingrid Vollnhofer US | 11.05.2017
Happy Walker
The entire experience with Eurohike was good from beginning to end. I would recommend this company to anyone interested in hiking and biking in Europe. The photo booklet which we followed while hiking in the Wachau was an excellent method for making the route clear. The hotels were lovely, the scenery was beautiful and the Austrians friendly and welcoming.
5 stars
Simone Press AT | 13.04.2017
Wandern mit Freude
Die Wachau ist ein liebliches Wandergebiet. Die Etappen sind toll und abwechslungsreich und der Genuss kommt ebenso nicht zu kurz! Die Organisation klappte sehr gut und wir fanden das Essen, die Unterkünfte wie auch die Streckenführung top. Sehr zu empfehlen! Und wenn man es sich einmal so richtig gut gehen lassen möchte wählt man Wandern mit Charme. Diesen Mehrpreis haben wir gerne gezahlt.

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