Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage leads us from the tri-river city of Passau first across the high plateau of the Bavarian Forest, then through the original forest flank of the Donauleiten to Obernzell on the Danube. We discover Passau the Bavarian Venice, the mother church of the Eastern-danube, the Golden (salt) climb, the beauty of Bavaria, the natural jewel of the Donauleiten, the danube jewel Obernzell...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in Passau, the Bavarian Venice! The historic town lies at the confluence of the Inn, Danube and Ilz in the forested Durchbruchstal (valley) along the upper Danube. From the Donausteig-starting point, we walk through the picturesque old town between the Inn and Danube. Italian flair, magnificent architecture, rich facades, the magnificent St. Stephen's Cathedral, tell of prosperity and power - the residence of the "Eastern Danube"! After crossing the Danube, the Ludwigssteig (trail) leads up the steep forest flank of the Donauleiten. Atthe observation platform a magnificent view of Passau opens up with the city at our feet! Passed the imposing Veste Oberhaus (house) a curve downhill to the right leads to the Ilz River. Here in the Ilzstadt (city) we follow the once legendary Goldenesteig (salt trail) which led all the way to Bohemia. Continuing through the settlement uphill, then along a footpath, we reach the plateau of the atmospheric Ilz Erlau Highlands, an outlier of the Bavarian Forest. Now, undulating landscapes shape the scenery: lush meadows, fertile fields, extensive woodlands, scattered settlements,... simply bavaria! On rural roads, we soon come to the last settlement offshoots of Passau. From this point on the forest begins after a meadow path. Beautiful hiking trails now passed the Hauzenberger main street to a clearing of the Erdbrüst wetland. On quiet secondary roads we reach the lonely forest settlement Ziegelreuth from where, on beautiful paths, a right curve brings us back to the Hauzenberger main street. We accompany the main street approximately 1.2 km uphill and then turn left into the forest. Following this, a secondary road goes down to the Graf mill, continues along the Hörreuter stream towards the danube, and finally on the opposite hillside it reaches the Buchsee farm hamlet on forest and dirt roads. There, the donausteig turns towards the Danube and quickly enters the atmospheric woodland of the steep Donauleiten. At the edge of the area, the Donausteig-resting point "Donaublick" allows an inspiring deep look in the Danube Valley - truly a place to stay! At first an idyllic forest road follows the edge of the area, then turns towards the back country, where we leave the forest near Wingersdorf (village). Now, the trail goes back through the evocative cultural landscape of the rural plateau. Immediately we are at the panoramic Hill of the König-Max-Höhe (height). Congratulations - this is the highest point of this Donausteig-stage! The views reach far into the Bavarian Forest, the Bohemian Forest, the Sau Forest... - simply fabulous! No wonder that this is one of the most famous views of the Danube. A promising farm road leads now comfortable downhill to the Schörgendorf farm hamlet. Following a dirt road, a forest road leads through the steep forest flank of the Donauleiten and brings us down to the Danube. Slightly downstream the Danube town of Erlau follows. After a brief rise we walk 4 km through the original mixed forest of the Donauleiten - a meditative nature enjoyment! Here, at the shelter a nice view to the Danube valley lets become aware of the harmony surrounding us. By the edge of the forest we finally descend to Obernzell. Culture & nature - simply the Donausteig!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Passau-the Bavarian Venice
-Ludwig-Platz-the gateway to the city
-Of bovine animals and Crusaders
-Parish Church of St. Paul, the oldest parish church of Passau
-The Passau Tölpel, once a landmark!
-St. Stephen's Cathedral, the hand of the Eastern Danube!
-Residenzplatz (square)-in the Centre of power
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 1_N01 Passau Obernzell" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
Passau's main train station is located approx. 350m to the west of the Schanzbrücke (bridge) (Navigation: D‑94032 Passau, Hauptbahnhof).
Passau can be reached by train and by bus. A transfer back from Obernzell is possible by bus. Information on time tables can be found at www.vlp-passau.de .
The city center of Possau is mostly a short term parking zone. For extended parking times there are a number of pay garages and lots available. Information to the location and prices of these can be found hier .
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