The Donausteig-simply fabulous! On this stage, we experience the wonderful Eferding basin from different perspectives. We walk from Aschach an der Donau through the cultured surroundings above the wooded ridge in the West, back to the Danube, and finally to Eferding in the centre of this landscape. We discover the historic Danube market Aschach, square courtyards as consummated perfection, the biggest castle ruin of Upper Austria, the death site of St. Wolfgang, the third oldest town of Austria...
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Starting point for this leg of the Donaustieg is Aschach. The historic Danube market is located at the junction of the wooded Donauschlucht (gorge) and the fertile plains of the Eferding basin. The picturesque town centre has its marketplace open up to the sight of the Danube and beautiful townhouses. Both tell of cultivated prosperity as a trading center on the Danube. A wonderful start to this leg! We start at the magnificent shore line and follow the Danube first downstream. Then the Donausteig leaves the mighty river and turns into the sophisticated surroundings of the Eferding basin. On small farm roads and paths we strive for the hills on the western edge of now fertile plains. This opens up atmospheric rural viewings: fertile fields, large square courtyards, old crucifixes and the agriculture fields of the Eferding basin. From the foot of the ridge, a steep forest path brings us quickly higher and soon we reach the ruins of the Schauenburg (castle), the adventure highlight of this stage! The once largest castle of Upper Austria depicts the wealth of the legendary land of Schaunberger. The Eferding basin in all its splendor opened up also by the castle's spectacular tower: the Danube with its Auwäldern (forest), a mosaic of fertile fields, scattered farm hamlets... one of the most cherished moments of the Donausteig! Now begins a forest hike along the ridge of the hill. Almost always at the same height we follow forest and farm roads bringing us to the wonderful Landerl Chapel, a real jewel of the region. Congratulations – here we are at the highest point of this Donausteig-stage! Hidden views deep into Eferding basin bring "mountain" feelings near. A steep forest path leads back down to the Eferding basin. We then hike through lush vegetable fields, to Pupping. In the farming village, we discover the next highlight: the small church is the death site of St. Wolfgang! By following farm roads we continue along the Aschach (river) and reach Brandstatt an der Donau. At the sight of the mighty stream we quickly realize that we are here facing the creator of this wonderful landscape basin. The last stretch runs via farm and dirt roads through the varied cultural landscape to the center of the Eferding basin to Eferding. The town is the third oldest in Austria and a crowning conclusion for this stage. Danube trail - simply an experience!
Discover with the Donausteig-diary the following special features:
-Aschach toll, wine and shipbuilding
-Donau-starting point "Aschach"
-The parish church of Aschach and their legends-legendary Danube cross
-Aschach and Urfahr
-Danube waterway a gateway to the world
-Castle Aschach- faded glory
=Square courtyards- perfection perfected!
-Warrior cemetery hartkirchen
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To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
The starting point of this stage lies at the entrance of the city center across from the parish church (Navigation: A‑4082 Aschach an der Donau, Kirchenplatz).
Aschach can be reach by bus. A transfer back from Eferding is possible as well. Bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
in the centre of Aschach
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