The Donausteig-simply fabulous! On this very short stage, we hike from Enns at the edge of the hilly Traun-Enns-Riedellandes (region) through the farming landscape of the Danube region to the Danube and Mauthausen. We discover the oldest city in Austria, medieval trade, the cradle of Christianity in Upper Austria, the Roman Legion camp in Lauriacum, fascinating granite art...
Quality of experience: *****
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Enns, the oldest city of Austria, is the starting point of this Donausteig-stage. The historic city lies on a soft and elevated ridge, a Riedel (hill) of the Traun-Enns-Riedellandes (region). We start directly at the magnificent main square next to the 60 m high city tower. Rich facades and architectural details are evidence of prosperity and wealth springing from the salt trade. The picturesque old town is the first highlight of this stage. The trail leads down to the edge of the old town and from there in the newer parts of the town in the Danube plain. Here the next two highlights await us: the Basilica of St. Laurenz, considered the cradle of Christianity in Upper Austria, and the ruins of the Roman Lauriacums, a strategic military camp and important administrative town at the same time! Further on, the trail quiets down. After the train station, we leave the city and immerse ourselves in the rural landscape of the Danube plain. Fertile fields and farming settlements alternate at short intervals. Some grotesque, remote industries seemingly sprout straight from the fertile fields in the foreground - exciting especially for photographers! Shortly after Enghagen, the road bends towards the Danube. Initially the road continues along the edge of the Au (river), later through the lowland forest up to the lonely Donausteig-resting point „Radfähre“ directly on the banks of the Danube. The splendid view from here to the opposite Mauthausen invites to enjoy and ponder! The Radfähre (ferry) leads us, as in ancient times, across the mighty Danube River. The final highlight is the market of Mauthausen. In addition to its history, the city enchants with its granite art - simply fabulous!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Enns-the oldest town of in Austria
-City Tower Enns-a confident landmark
-The Enns-iron River
-Basilica of St. Laurenz-the cradle of Christianity
-Lauriacum-border area of the Roman Empire
- Donausteig-Resting point „Radfähre“
-Mauthausen-the granite Art Center
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 3_S07 Enns Mauthausen" - yet to follow!
Note: For this stage, you will need the use the Radfähre (ferry) Enns-Mauthausen (See section "Public transport" for timetables)!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
Note: for this stage you will need to use the Radfähre (ferry) Enns Mauthausen
(See section "Public transport" for timetables)!
Hauptplatz 1 (im Stadtturm)
Tourism center Mauthausen
Tel.: +43(0)7238/2243 od. 2023-0 Fax: DW-51
The starting of the stage is main square of Enns (Navigation: A-4470 Enns/Hauptplatz).
Enns can be reached by train and bus. A transfer back from Mauthausen to Enns is possible by train and bus as well. The bus travels from the Market place of Mauthausen to the Main square of Enns. When taking the train, take notice of the stations distance from each respective city center! Information on timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
The city center of Enns is mostly a short period parking zone. Two free of charge parking possibilities are however 5 walking minutes from the city center (corner Mauthausner Straße/Stadlgasse)
Please get in touch for more information.