Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage leads us from Steyregg at the edge of the Danube plain through the jungle-like Donauauen (plains), along the mighty Danube river current and the panoramic hills of the Mühlviertel (region) to Mauthausen on the Danube. We discover the medieval town Steyregg, the world of the "Danube" waterway, one of the most important places of worship of the Danube region, the atrocities of national socialism, Mauthausen as the center for granite Art...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in Steyregg. The historic town lies on the eastern edge of the Linzer basin, separated by wide floodplains from the Danube. The beautiful town enchants with its medieval atmosphere and at the same time it's mystery - see and discover! From the Donausteig-starting point, we first briefly wander through the city, then the old road leads for 1.5 km through the rural Danube plain. At the train station of Pulgarn, we turn towards the Danube. Now, a gravel road leads through a fascinating wetland: jungle-like forests, overgrown ponds, impressive tree giants, but also ponds and gravel-trucks. The bizarre atmosphere is reminiscent of the exploiting remote rainforests! Arrived at the Danube, we follow the paved Danube River Dam for several kilometres downstream. The current presents itself as a waterway of global stature, and as a playground for all kinds of adventurers: cyclists, canoeists,... - here we are among us! A short stretch before the power plant Abwinden-Asten we leave the Danube and cross its side arm. Now, a narrow road at the foot of the big road embankment of the main road leads for 2.5 km through dense lowland forests. Then we turn and strive toward the edge of the Danube plain. The riparian zone is soon behind us and we can walk over small farm roads through a nice rural cultural landscape to Gusen. Further on, we accompany the main street a short distance towards Langenstein. Here begins the climb into the wonderful Mühlviertler Hills - a scenic highlight! Meadows, woodland, farms, fields, wayside crosses,... provide rural creativity and long living tradition. On small farm roads we hike up the first Ridge, of the Frankenberg (mountain). Eyes wander up here to the wide plains of the Danube in the Mostviertel region and into the Traun-Enns-Riedel country - simply beautiful! After a short interim descent via farm and forest trails, we are on the opposite side of the former concentration camp Mauthausen. Monuments standing tall remind us of the horrors of this place. The question arises: "Can anything similar happy again today?" Thoughtfully we go down into the Rieder Bachtal (Valley) to the inn Kreuzmühlel, where we have the opportunity for a detour into the concentration camp Mauthausen. Further on, the Donausteig via a side road continues through a short section of forest and leads us up to the idyllic Castle Marbach. A few minutes later we are at the top standing next to a magnificent Lindenbaum (tree). Congratulations - this is the highest point of this Doinausteig-stage! Here the 360 ° view far deep into the country is truly a place of inspiration. Now, we wander on meadow, farm and forest paths lightly up and down to the Donausteig-resting point „Kalvarienberg-Kapelle“ on the last Ridge overlooking the Danube River. The views of the historic Ennsmündung (river mouth) allow us to philosophize about the passage of time. After a short descent through villages, we are at the magnificent waterfront of Mauthausen, the center for granite Art. The Donausteig - simply an experience!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Steyregg-a new old town
-Donausteig-starting point "Steyregg"
-Ringelau-gravel from the jungle
-Traunmündung-salt & steel
-Au forests on course to Europe
-Danube power plant Abwinden-Asten
-In the field of the radar!
-Storage space as a new Habitat
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 3_N08 Steyregg Mauthausen" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
Municipal office Steyregg
Tourism agency Mauthausen
Tel.: +43(0)7238/2243 od. 2023-0
The starting point of this stage is directly at the Linzer Main road, approx. 120 m east of the main access of Steyregg at teh Tennis courts on the north side (Navigation: A‑4221 Steyregg, Am Tennisplatz).
Steyregg can be reached by train and bus. A transfer back from Mauthausen is possible as well by bus and train. Take into account though that the train stations are further away from their respective city centers! Timetable information online at http://www.ooevv.at .
At the parking lot at the Donausteig-resting point you can park free of charge
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