Donaustieg-simply fabulous! Summit assault onto the Burgstall - the highest peak, which rises directly from the Danube. This stage leads us from Obermühl in the wooded Danube gorge over the Burgstall on the rural Mühlviertel plateau to the Danube village of Untermühl and again on the high plateau of the Mühlviertel to St. Martin. During the hike we discover the sunken Danube villages, the tradition of paper production, the way of the salt, the miracle of the Schwarzenberg lumber floating canal, the famous Neuhauser granite...
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This Donaustieg-stage starts in Obermühl. The small Danube village is located in the wooded gorge of the upper Danube at the mouth of the small mill into the mighty Danube River. The village identity remains a mystery: a historic place with unit architecture from the 1960s? From the heart of the village, we walk on a beautiful path up through the hillside forest. Remains of walls, crucifixes, a stone arch bridge, testify to the historic significance of this path... Arrived at the plateau of the Mühlviertler Highlands, we leave the forest and after a few metres reach the Tower "Burgstall". Congratulations – here we are on one of the seven Danube climbing peaks! This is the highest elevation, which rises directly from the Danube. From the viewing platform a magnificent view is presented: From the Mühlviertel, the Danube valley, the Sauwald (forest),... to even the Alps - simply fabulous! A few metres on, the summit stone of the Burgstall can be reached. The hike goes on down to the farm village of Kirchberg. On the Weiterweg (path), we walk through the atmospheric landscapes of undulating plateaus: lush meadows, laborious fields, rustic woodland, traditional farms, beautiful views,... During this walk, Farm-, field- and woodland paths alternate. At Winzberg (village) a roadway leads us back through the steep mixed woodland down to the Danube. There, a nice view over the idyllic Danube bay of Untermühl welcomes us. We follow the embankment road, cross the mouth at the large mill and are finally in the Danube River settlement of Untermühl. Only with the knowledge of the history of this place, do we recognize its diverse features - simply exciting! The short but steep climb on the jungle-like path leading to Schloss Neuhaus is an experience in itself. Initially on a romantic trek that later on an old rhinestone route, we reach finally reach the highlight: the magnificent Castle! The castle does not pride itself in its architectural details, but also tells of the nearby dismantling of the famous Neuhauser granite. From here, the stage leads on a side road leads comfortably uphill to the Donausteig-rest area "Neuhauser Platzl". After a short descent, followed by a longer climb we stand again at the attractive high plateau of the Mühlviertler Highlands. A panorama-rich Donausteig-rest area allows once again wonderful views of our surroundings! Finally we hike over the gentle ups and downs of the rural cultural landscape farm and forest paths to St. Martin. Danube valley and plateau - simply an experience!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Obermühl-the sunken village!
-Donausteig-starting point "Obermühl"
-The way of the salt?
-A Viking ship?
-Observation tower Burgstall-a Donausteig-Summit!
-Donaustieg-resting point "Burgstall"
Download: Danube trail diary "Stage 1_N04 Obermühl St.Martin" - to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own orientation system- descriptions found here.
The Starting point of this stage is located in the village center a few meters south of the Parish Church (Navigation: A‑4131 Obermühl an der Donau, Ortszentrum).
Obermühl can be reached relatively easy by bus. The transfer back from St. Martin is possible as well, although connections are sparse! Information on bus timetables can be found onlinde at http://www.ooevv.at .
Directly next to the Donausteig - starting point are available parking possibilites, free of charge
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