Donausteig-simply fabulous! On this stage, we walk from St. Martin on the rural plateau of the Mühlviertler Highlands through the wild and romantic Pesenbachtal (valley) down to Aschach an der Donau (Aschach on the danube). We discover the historic St. Martin, the old King's road to Bohemia, the famous Neuhauser granite, the essence of the shrines, the hidden nature jewel of the Pesenbachtals, the picturesque Danube market Aschach...
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St. Martin is the starting point for this enjoyable Donausteig-stage. The idyllic village lies on the rural plateaux of the Mühlviertler Highlands. Its richness is discovered only with the knowledge of its important history - a village that wants to be discovered! The stage starts directly in the town centre. After the settlement areas, we walk on back roads through the rural landscape of the hilly plateau. Beautiful views complete this experience. At the farm hamlet of Reith, we leave the plateau and walk on a dirt road down into the forest of the narrow Aubachtals (valley). At the bottom of the valley, a forest path brings us further downstream until the Aubach (stream) flows into the Pesenbachs (stream). Now one of the top 10 natural highlights of the Donausteig begins with the hike through the beautiful Pesenbachtal (valley)! We follow the atmospheric meanders of the stream over forest and meadow trails downstream through the wooded valley - a peaceful enjoyment of nature! After a brief detour into the rural cultural landscape on the left of the Valley we walk back down into the forest of Pesenbachtals (valley). We discover the bizarre rock spire of the "kerzensteins", the landmark of the Pesenbachtal, at the side of the Valley! At the bottom of the valley begins a romantic creek and stream section. The Valley narrows to become gorge-like. Partly on a splendid hiking path, partly on wooden track systems we follow the water downhill. Mystic rock towers, spurting water cascades, characteristic vegetation,... - a "wild" nature enjoyment! Highlights are the „Teufelsbottiche“, the „Steinerne Dachl“ and the „Blaue Gasse“. After these, the valley widens again and the Pesenbach calms down. We accompany it a bit further, but then climb up the left side of the Schuhplattlersteig and hike downhill a forest trail to the traditional Inn Schlager, overlooking the whole Valley. A meadow path brings us back to the Pesenbach, which we follow downstream to the bridge. Leaving the stream behind us, the venerable Prälatensteig (trail) leads us uphill on the right side of the Valley. We then walk through magnificent forests down in the direction of the Danube. A large forest-free terrace opens up yet another wonderful view of the wooded Upper Danube valley: into the fertile Eferding basin to the distant Salzkammergut! At the "develish" Faustschlössl (castle), we finally reach the Danube. Here the wonderful views of the historical shore line across from Danube market Aschach inspire us. In an arc across the Danube bridge , we finally reach downstream the picturesque Aschach. The Donausteig - simply amazing!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-St. Martin-King Street, beer and granite
-Donausteig-starting point "St. Martin"
-Eduard Haas - From remedy to baking powder!
-Shrines- structured beauty
-Wide pillar shrines in the change
-The legendary coal forge
-Gate pillars - Gates into the hereafter?
-The Kerzenstein - the landmark!
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 1_N05 St.Martin Aschach" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own orientation system - you will find the description here.
The starting point of this stage is located at the city center in front of the parish church (Navigation: A‑4113 St. Martin im Mühlkreis, Markt).
St. Marting can be reach via bus, as well as a back transfer from Aschach. However, take notice to the fact that connections are sparse! Information on bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
Directly in front of the Donausteig-starting point are parking possibilities, free of charge
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