The Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage takes us through the beautiful Donaukerbtal (valley) of the Strudengau. Once feared by sailors due to its treacherous whirlpool, we today enjoy hiking through this exciting piece of Danube history - from Grein past St. Nikola to Sarmingstein. On this stage we discover Grein as the gateway to the Strudengau, the fabled Stillensteinklamm (Gorge), the most dangerous whirlpools of the entire Danube River run, Castle Säbnich as a bastion in the East...
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Grein, the gateway to the Strudengau, is the starting point for this beautiful Donausteig-stage. The historic town was once the last safe docking site efore the dangerous water swirls of the Strudengaus! ... Magnificent facades, elegant Bay Windows, testify to wealth through Danube boat trade. We walk on the Danube promenade up to the Halterkreuz (cross) which today still warns of the once first Strudengau obstacle. From there, the Donausteig leads uphill comfortably through a settlement. A short detour to the Kalvarienberg opens up at a Donausteig-view point wonderful views of Grein and shows us an unusual granite gallery. Hereafter, the urban settlement rapidly changes into rural landscapes and into the typical woodland of the Donaukerbtal (valley). On forest paths in the forest, we hike uphill to the view point of Castle Werfenstein. Then forest trails lead us back down to the Danube to the Gießenbachmühle (mill). Here, one of the most dangerous sections of today starts along the Strudengau!
We leave the Danube though straight away and hike through the wild and romantic Gorge of Stillensteinklamm uphill. The quiet creek soon turns into water Cascades and disappears under the stones for about 300 m - a highlight! There, we leave the gorge on the steep Jägersteig. A short time later we walk high above the Danube enjoyably through attractive mixed forests along the Danube valley. Occasional views of the Danube can still only hint of the former dangers. In a forest clearing the Donausteig-resting "Donaublick" invites us to linger and allows a look back onto the Gobelwarte, one of the seven Danube climbing peaks! Historic trails lead us down to a settlement above Struden. The most powerful whirlpool of the entire Danube were once in Struden! From here, we go through scattered settlements further down the Danube and reach past the old Danube road after a short uphill stretch St. Nikola, the Church of the patron saint of seafarers. Here the dangers of today were once survived. From the Donausteig-resting point just below the Church, we have a wonderful look back onto the former danger!
The last section of the trail is a walking highlight! First the ancient Church way through magnificent forests leads us up the side of the Valley. Then we walk alone through attractive mixed forests along the Danube valley past meadows to the Moststation Kleinleitner (cyder inn). Here, a grand view far beyond the end of the wild Strudengau, - up to the Ötscher! After a magnificent descent, we reach past the historic castle Säbnich, the historic danube settlement of Sarmingstein, the end of the Strudengau. Simply fabulous!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Grein - the gateway to the Strudengau
-Donausteig-starting point "Grein"
-The castle of Greinburg-the oldest Castle North of the Alps?
-Halterkreuz- votive and warning
-Kalvarienberg-Gallery of granite
-Donausteig-viewing point "Grein"
-castle Werfenstein- toll or chain
-Island Wörth-Rapids and boulders
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 4_G06 Grein Norwich" - yet to follow!
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
The Donausteig-starting point "Grein" is located directly on the Donaulände (park) (Navigation: A-4360 Grein, Donaulände)
Grein can be reach by bus and train. The train stop "Grein stadt" lies the closest to the Donuasteig-starting point. A transfer back from Sarmingstein to Grein is possible by bus and train. Timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
The parking lot at the Donaulände (park) are only short duration parking zones as are the ones in the city center. Two free of charge parking lots are located approx. 10 walking minutes away (Parking lot at the train station "stadt Grein"; parking lot across from the camping site at the south entrance to the city)
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