The Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage leads us from Mauthausen along the Danube through the cultivated plains of the Machland and the panoramic hills of the Mühlviertel (region) to Perg on the northern edge of the Machland. We discover the Mauthausen art of granite , the salt road to Bohemia, the secrets of porcelain, the Perger Millstone crushers...
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Starting point for this leg of the Donausteig is Mauthausen. The Mühlviertler hills fall steeply down to the Danube. The historical market is situated on the Danube opposite the Ennsmündung (river mouth). The magnificent shore line and the lovely town centre bear witness to a wealth-generating past through toll stations, and salt and granite trade. The variety of wonderful works of granite - granite art in highest perfection is unique to Mauthausen. We start on the beautiful shore line and follow the Danube River to the old Heinrichskirche (church) at the market. Here we leave the Danube and move comfortably over partly forested hills back to the fabled Heinrichsbründl. Shortly afterwards we are further down in the cultivated Plains of the Machland: small settlements, fertile fields, peasant farms and small forest stretches dominate the landscape. On quiet back roads and rural filed paths we wander through the vastness of the Machland on the other side of the plane. The International Soldiers Cemetery here reminds us of the dark ages of history. In the rural village of Aisthofen, once an important Manor House, starts a short climb into the hills of the Mühlviertel. After a few minutes, the Donausteig-resting point "Weinbau, Gmeiner, Weinzirl" is reached - the scenic highlight of this stage! The view go far from the mystical Ötscher (mountain) in the Mostviertel to the striking Traunstein (mountain) in the Salzkammergut region. The further hilly pathway varies through open landscapes and shady woodlands. At the unusual Kalvarienbergkirche (church) of Perg, we once again arrive at the edge of the Mühlviertler hills – on a magnificent terrace the city of Perg and the Machland lie at our feets. After a short descent, we are on the main square of the historical city of Perg, formerly know due to its millstone crushers - simply fabulous!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Mauthausen-the center for granite art
-Donausteig-starting point "Mauthausen"
-Granite sculpture "Monolith with a bike"
-The Enns-iron in the River
-The salt Tower-the "traffic light" of the salt road
-A well for the world's fair
-Heinrichskirche-sanctuary for the salt merchants
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 4_G03 Mauthausen PERG" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
The Donausteig-starting point "Mauthausen" is located next to the Tourism office of Mautahusen on the river promenade south east of Schloss Pragstein (castle) (Navigation: A-4310 Mauthausen, Heindlkai 13).
Mauthausen can be reach by train or bus. A transfer back from Perg to Mauthausen is possible as well by bus and train. The bus drives directly from the Perger main square to the Mauthausener market place. Take notice that when taking the train the station are further away from their resepctive main squares. Timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
The market center of Mauthausen is mostly only a short period parking zone - this counts also for the parking lots in its vicinity. A parking lot free of charge is about 5 walking minutes away (directly at the Donau Bndesstrasse (main road) north west of Schloss Pragstein (castle); close to the primary school)
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