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The Donausteig ROUTE IV - Strudengau tour

Grein, Oberösterreich, Österreich

May 1st - October 14th, 2024

450 km hiking adventure in 24 day trips and 40 rounds
125 fabulous rest areas and panoramic viewpoints

In the summer of 2010, a unique offer at the Bavarian-Austrian Danube was created that makes the hiker’s heart beat faster. The Strudengau got its name from the many dangerous whirls (“Strudel”) and shoals. In the past, skippers therefore considered this the most dangerous section of the Danube. Today, the stream is mostly tamed but the scenic, wild and romantic beauty has endured. Here, nature makes an impression with a Klammschlucht (ravine), the Stillensteinklamm (ravine) and formations shaped by weathering.

Requirements and general information
The tours have differences in altitude of max. 800 m; the daily walking distance of 17 to max. 19 km can be completed in ca. 5 to 7 hours with no difficulties. The starting points and rest areas along the Donausteig hiking trail have ample information boards telling illustrated Danube legends and turning the Donausteig into a fabulous hiking adventure.
Duration of stay:           4 nights                                           

  • 4 nights
  • 4 x overnight stay in **/*** Donausteig inns/hotels with breakfast buffet
  • 1 x welcome video with explanations and information that you need for the tour
  • 1 x snack in a traditional tavern with “Brettljause” and ½ l drink to choice
  • 1 x Donausteig hiking book (1 x per room)
  • 1 x map material (1 x per room)
  • 3 x luggage transfer - max. 2 pcs./person and max. 25 kg/piece of luggage
  • Daily service hotline from 8.00 - 18.00 o’clock (even on weekends)
  • Breakfast

Day 1: Individual arrival in Grein.
The Danube town of Grein is also called the “Pearl of the Strudengau”. It is an enchanting town with its nostalgic charm, the historical sights - the Schifffahrtsmuseum (maritime museum) or the Stadttheater (municipal theatre) bear witness to a long history - numerous cultural highlights and a diverse range culinary offers.
Overnight stay in Grein.

Day 2: Grein - Sarmingstein
Day trip: ca. 16 km, 5 hours, elevation in ascent/descent: 567 /623 m

From the hiking information point, the trail heads downstream and after a while you will reach the Gießenbachmühle. This mill lies directly at the entrance to the Stillensteinklamm. There, you can enjoy local delicacies during your break. Refreshed, the hike continues into the Stillensteinklamm, passes the Panaromablick Dichterstein (Dichterstein panoramic viewpoint) and through the forest to St. Nikola. Having passed St. Nikola, the trail climbs the Donauhang (Danube slope) back up and leads to Sarmingstein. Many beautiful views await you here, as well.
Overnight stay in Sarmingstein.

Day 3: Sarmingstein - Aumühle/Grein
Day trip: ca. 18 km, 6 hours, elevation in ascent/descent: 749 / 505 m

In Sarmingstein, the Donausteig leaves the Danube and leads north. You will pass the Predigerstuhl viewpoint and hike through the harmonious hilly terrain to Waldhausen. From there, the hike continues to the Gasthof Aumühle (Aumühle inn).
Overnight stay in the Aumühle.

Day 4: Aumühle -Grein / via Bad Kreuzen
Day trip: ca. 16 km, 5 hours, elevation in ascent/descent: 370 / 561 m

Through forests, fields and meadows, you will hike past typical farmsteads towards Bad Kreuzen. Bad Kreuzen is not just a popular Kneipp spa resort but also a paradise for hikers. In Bad Kreuzen, you will hike through the Wolfsschlucht (Wolfsschlucht gorge), past the Speckalm (Speckalm pasture) and continue on via Lehen and Mühlberg down to the place of departure in Grein.
Overnight stay in Grein.

Day 5: Departure, or individual additional nights bookable.

from price
  • € 375,00 per person
  • bookable from 1 person
Travel period (01.05.2024 - 14.10.2024)
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Rates per person and arrangement in €:

01.05. – 14.10.24 (last arrival)
**/***hotels double room with breakfast   399,--
Supplement for half board   105,--
Supplement for single room   99,--
Additional night double room with breakfast   81,--
Additional night supplement for half board   29,--
Additional night supplement for single room   24,--
Day of arrival   daily

Local tax is extra to pay on spot in each accommodation (from € 1,-- to € 4,-- per person/per night)
Prices are subject to change

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.

  • Suitable for friends
  • Suitable for couples

We recommend a travel cancellation insurance.

The terms and conditions of the Salzkammergut Touristik GmbH shall apply as amended.

conditions of travel


The Donausteig ROUTE IV - Strudengau tour
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