450 km of scenic hiking in 24 stages and 40 circular routes
125 panoramic resting spots along the path
Where thousands of cyclists have already journeyed along the Danube for the past 25 years, it is now the hiker’s turn to explore this impressive landscape. The Donausteig Trail leads the wanderer to the most beautiful sights of the Upper Austrian Danube region.
The Danube region is a unique natural landscape: Highlights include the distinctive narrow valley between Passau and Aschach, the natural wonder “Schloegener Schlinge” as well as many nature reserves with its distinctive broad lateral valleys (e.g. Rannatal or Koeßlbachtal).
Requirements and general information:
The tours have height differences up to max. 1000 m, the daily walking distance varies from 10 to 30 km, is without difficulty and easily manageable within 4 to 8 hours. The starting points and resting places are equipped with detailed information boards, which narrate illustrated Danube legends
Day 1: Individual arrival in Linz.
The modern provincial capital Linz, offers a variety of interesting recreational opportunities: The Ars Electronica Center or the Lentos art museum are just a few of the inviting possibilities for exploring this city.
Overnight stay in Linz.
Day 2: Linz – St. Florian – Enns ~23 km, 7 h, altitude difference 431 m / 445 m
Take the tramway to Ebelsberg/Hartheimer Straße station, here you start your hiking tour. Walk through peaceful, idyllic fields via Moenchsgraben, Rohrbach to Sankt Florian. After passing the monastery you walk further through the rolling landscape until you reach Enns.
Overnight stay in Enns.
Day 3: Enns – Mauthausen – Perg ~17 km, 5 h, altitude difference 263 m / 262 m
From Enns, the Donausteig Trail passes through Lorch in the direction of Enghagen. Following the road until you reach the bicycle ferry mooring point, where you have the opportunity for a rest. Take the ferry boat to Mauthausen. Then further along the northern bank to Perg. The last stage takes you through the Machland, a very appealing and fertile region.
Overnight stay in Perg.
Day 4: Perg – Baumgartenberg – Grein ~17,5 km, 5-6 h, altitude difference 473 m / 408 m
Travel with the railway line “Donauuferbahn” from Perg to Baumgartenberg, where you start your hiking tour. You hike along the northern bank via Obergassolding, Klam, Saxen to Grein. The city of Grein is also known as “pearl of the Strudengau” and fascinates with nostalgic charm and historical sights.
Overnight stay in Grein.
Day 5: Grein – Stillensteinklamm gorge – Aumuehle ~9 km, 3 h, altitude difference 224 m / 41 m
Before you start hiking to the Aumuehle, we recommend to hike the Donaublick-Runde round course (approx. 5,8 km). This tour gives an overview of the wildly romantic Strudengau.
The Donausteig Trail leads downstream, after some time you reach the “Gießenbach” mill. The mill marks the entrance to the “Stillensteinklamm” gorge. Take some time here to enjoy regional delicacies. Follow the creek to the vantage point “Stiller Stein” where you leave the Danube Hiking Trail. Continue following the creek on a forest trail until you reach the federal road B119 and your accommodation. Overnight stay at Aumuehle.
Day 6: Aumuehle – Bad Kreuzen – Grein ~16 km, 5 h, altitude difference 379 m / 561 m
Through forest, field and meadow you hike to Bad Kreuzen. Bad Kreuzen contains a popular health spa and can be considered a true paradise for hiking. You pass the “Wolfsschlucht”, “Speckalm” and the villages Lehen and Muehlberg on your back to Grein.
Overnight stay in Grein.
Day 7: Grein – Linz
Train ride incl. luggage from Grein to Linz. Overnight stay in Linz.
Day 8: Individual departure or additional nights.
Rates per person and arrangement in €:
01.05. – 27.09.2021 (last arrival)
***inns/hotels double room with breakfast 629,--
Supplement for 6x half board (no half board in Linz) 110,--
Supplement for single room 200,--
Additional night double room with breakfast 66,--
Additional night supplement for half board 22,--
Additional night supplement for single room 38,--
Day of arrival daily
Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 3,-- per person/per night)
Reductions for children sleeping in their parents’ room (2 fully paying guests):
0 - 5 years: 100% 6 - 15 years: 30%
Information for arrivals by car:
The parking place does not always situate next to the accommodation but on a public parking place. (Possible costs have to be paid on spot)
For the major part the chosen inns and hotels are official Donausteig Trail-Accommodations.
This means: situated near the Donausteig Trail routes, individual service for hikers, mostly family-run businesses
We recommend travel cancellation insurance.
The standard terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH apply in the current version. Due to environmental reasons we recommend to arrive and depart by public transportation.