The Donausteif-simply fabulous! This stage leads us from Linz into the rural Linzer Basin through unique rural lanscape of the magnificent Traun-Enss-Riedellandes (region) past the Stift St. Florian to Enns. During the stage, we discover the world of Anton Bruckner, Vierkanthöfe (farms) as symbols of the farming tradition, of the most beautiful baroque abbeys, the oldest city of Austria...
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The marvelous Linzer Main square is the beginning of this Donausteig-stage. With the tram we reach from here Ebelsberg, a city region of Linz on the south eastern side of the Linzer Basin. A once autonomous self, Ebelserg wrote istelf into history as strategic important crossing over teh Traunfluss (river). From the beautiful city center we begin our hike through the city until we leave it and the highway bridge behind us. Then one of the most impressive rural landscapes of Upper Austria begins: gentle hills, fertile fields, traditional orchards, the Vierkanthöfe (farms) of Upper Austria,... the Traun--Enns-Riedel country!
On old foot and field path which used alreay by Anton Bruckner, we hike over our first Riedel (hill) to the Donausteig-resting point „Ölkam“ in the same named farm village. The village emerges as a prehistoric settlement with a millenium-old puzzle. Over the fields of the next Riedel (hill) we reach farm village of Rohrbach. After a short stretch along the main road we enter on farm over the next Riedel (hill) the settlement of Leitnerberg. Through a short forest stretch we reach the Ölberg (hill) above the Stift St. Florian (abbey). Impressiveley the huge abbey lies beneath us. A short decent brungs us to the Abbey, the highlight of this Donausteig-stage! The might abbey is a jewel of baroque architecture and has many interesting details. For example, the burial site of the St. Florains and the music virtuoso Anton Bruckner. From the historic Market St. Florian we hike across the wide Ipfbachtal (valley). During the crossing views of the abbey in its dominance as a bastion of religion is presented. Past the beautiful Vierkanthöfen (farms) of the farming hamlet Weiling we reach on farm roads the next Riedel (hill). From here we see for the first time the city tower of Enss, our stage-finish point. A further comfortable hike up and down leads us to the Schloss Tillysburg (castle). The castle prides itself in its simple architecture and with its wonderful view of the Danube valley. After a short decent we cross on a secondary raod the Kristenbachtal (valley) and reach the historic farm settlement of Volkersdorf. From here we hike over our last Riedel (hill) and stand after a short forst stretch at the Donausteig-resting point "Rabenberg". Here a magnificent view of the Donausteig is possible -three different landscapes and hte historic city of Enns! After a short decent and we continue to hike along the Moosbachtal (valley) to the city of Enns. After a few minutes uphill we follow the ridge downhill to the beautiful old city of Enns, one of the oldest cities of Austria.
Discover with the Donausteig-diary the following:
-Traunfluss-Salt out of the Salzkammergut (region)
-Ebelsberg-a piece of history
-Canonball in house walls
-on the path of Anton Bruckner
-Vierkanthöfe or "of the pride of farmers"
-Meditation- the inner self
-Donausteig-Resting point „St. Florian“
Download: Donausteig-diary „ Stage 3_S06 Linz-Enns“ - yet to follow!
To help you with the orientation, teh Donausteig has its own orientation system- the description can be found here .
Tourist Information Linz
www.linz-tourismus.info und www.linz.at/tourismus
Hauptplatz 1 (im Stadtturm)
The starting point of this Stage is Linz's Main Square (Navigation: A-4020 Linz, Hauptplatz).
Linz can be reach by bus and tarin. At the beginnig of this trail we take from the Linz's main square the tram 2 to Ebelsberg/Ort, from where the hike begins. A transfer back form Enss to Linz is possible as well by bus and train. When taking the train take notice that the stations are further away from the respective city centers (main squares)! Information on timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
At the Main square there are no parking possibilites, however in its surroundings there are possibilites free of charge. Free of charge are the parking lots on the Urfahrenermarkets (market) (Approx. 15 min. walking distance take notice of the road block due to market - information at www.urfahranermarkt.at ). In a radius of around 10 walking minutes from the main square there are a number of parking possibilities.
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