The Donausteig - simply fabulous! Summit assault onto the Gobelwarte - one of the seven Donausteig-peaks. We are moving from the plains of fertile Machland over the promising Gobelwarte into the narrow Donaukerbtal (valley) of the Strudengaus. We discover the "Machlanddamm (dam)" the project of the century, a collegiate church without an abbey, a castle in which history lives, the inspiring Klamschlucht (gorge)...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in Mitterkirchen. The rural market is located near the Danube River in the heart of the Danube Plains of the Machland. The mighty flood defences of the Machlanddamm illustrates that life with the river Danube means always living with the risk of floods - an impressive start to the stage. From here we trek on rural back roads through the vast fields of the fertile plains of the Machland. The Celtic village of Mitterkirchen gives us an insight into the world of the Celts - unique on the Donausteig! Further towards the edge of the Machland plain we reach the edge in Baumgartenberg. Here, the "Stiftskirche ohne Stift" (church without an abbey) reveals its secrets to us and also tells about the settling of the mühlviertel (region).
In Baumgartenberg begins an attractive trek through the Mühlviertler hills to the Burg Clam (castle). Initially the looks reach far beyond the Machland, later small fields and quaint forests dominate the hilly landscape. On rural and old forest roads, we reach the Burg Clam (castel)- a real gem! Fully furnished and since 1454 inhabited by the family Clam, it allows an unusually personal approach to history. From here, we walk on to the idyllic market Klam passing down through the wild and romantic Klamschlucht (gorge). Mystic rock formations and the splashing of water provide us with inspiration - as once famous poets and painters were inspired. In Obersaxen, we reach the edge of the Machland plains again.
The farmers market is one of the oldest parishes in Upper Austria and amazes with its mighty Church in the village centre. Here begins our summit assault. On old footpaths and tranquil forest paths we gain altitude quickly. The climb through the rural landscape inspires with its beautiful far-reaching sites and beautiful landscape impressions. Arrived on the Gobelwarte (mountain) we are on one of the seven Danube climbing peaks. We did it - congratulations! Here on the one hand are the wide plains of the Machland and on the other the narrow Kerbtal (valley) with the historic city of Grein at its foot. We are therefore on the separation between the Machland and the Strudengau. On the descent after a few minutes we reach the Donausteig-resting point "Gobelwarte" with its unique view – the distance between the Machland and the alps seem almost limitless! Now we finally bid farewell to the Machland. A forest descent brings us down on forest paths and hiking trails to the historic town Grein, the gateway to the Strudengau. Conclusion: A Summit assault of the especially kind - simply fabulous!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary
-The Donausteig-starting point "Mitterkirchen"
-The Project of the century "Machlanddamm (dam)"
-Wallsee and the Danube-limbs
-Donausteig-resting point "Keltendorf"
-Celtic village of Mitterkirchen-the cattle barons of the Hallstatt times
-Donausteig-starting point "Baumgartenberg"
Baumgartenberg-Abbey Church without an abbey?
-Arbing-a piece of Bavaria
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 4_G05 Mitterkirchen Grein" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
From the parish church in Mitterkirchen follow the main road to the east. After approx. 230 m at the junction next to the Kraglhof (in a left curve) turn right onto the sport area. At the next junction the Donausteig-starting point lies on the left hand side (Navigation: A-4343 Mitterkirchen im Machland, Sportzentrum).
Mitterkirchen can be reach by bus. A transfer back from Grein to Mitterkirchen is possible as well by bus. Bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
Directly next to the Donausteig-starting point "Mitterkirchen" there are the parking possibilites of the sport center. Two further large parking lots, free of charge as well, are at the city center (one 100 m north of the church and the other 100 m south of the church at the primary school).
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