Donausteig Stage 1_N04 Obermühl - St. Martin: "Summit assault - Danube valley & Mühlviertler highland"
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...
Quality of experience: *****
- Multi-stage route
- Refreshment stops available
- Cultural/historical value
- Geological highlights
- Botanical highlights
- Faunistic highlights
- Summit route
Seal of approval:
- Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"
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!
From the Donausteig-starring "Obermühl" follow the road to the right of the church about 200 meters uphill. Then a right leads us to a wonderful steep walk through the forest up to the high plateau of the Mühlviertler Highlands. There, we leave the forest and are within a few metres of the viewing tower "Burgstall". The Donaustieg-resting point "Burgstall" and the summit stone follow immediately. A roadway leads after a short while down to Kirchberg, where we follow the main street heading East. At the municipal office turn left again, past the Donausteig-starting point "Kirchberg" to the building-materials trade at the end of the village. First take a left and then a right again to the sports field. Here immediately begins a prolonged forest road, on which we cross a paved road. Arriving at the edge of the forest, a farm to the left is bypassed. Finally, the farm driveway brings us to a T-junction. Take a left down to the farm at the end of the road. The walk continues largely through forest paths, occasionally meadow trails and after a short stretch of road ands at Inn Kaltenbrunn. Here on the tarmac road continue left downhill. In the next left turn continue straight ahead and reach a large farm situated in a right bend. Pass it on the left. First on meadows, later on forest paths does the walk continue through the steep forest downhill to the Danube. Turn left along the embankment, cross the bridge by the big mill and turn right down to Untermühl and to the Donausteig-starting point "Untermühl" (at the parking lot in front of the Inn Ernst). From here continue along the road heading East. After the small bridge (cyclists-barrier), the Donausteig leads left between two cabins. Then we hike on a wonderful uphill path through the forest up to the Castle Neuhaus. Arrived on top continue left on the road uphill to the Donausteig-resting point "Neuhauser Platzl", where we descend right to a little stream. Keep to the right, and arrive on a scenic meadow path up to a farm on the Falkenberg. Now on farm roads reach the T-junction in the village of Grub. Here turn first right and at the road junction in the forest turn left uphill. A dirt road leads to the next farm. There turn right downhill into the forest. The dirt roads lead us pass a large square Court to the Landshagger main street. We follow it to the right and turn right at the outskirts of St. Martin onto the village street. Shortly thereafter, we face the parish church at the Donausteig-starting point "St. Martin".
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own orientation system- descriptions found here.
In Untermühl, in front of Castle Neuhaus and in St. Martin there are a number of informations tablets with exciting details to the hidden wonders of the region.
On top of a personal hiking gear there are no extra requirements.
WGD Tourismus GmbH
4040 Linz, Austria
- Multi-day tour
- Board possible
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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