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Donausteig Stage 3_N06 Ottensheim - Linz: „Summit Assualt-From the Eferdinger Basin to the Linzer Basin“

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Starting place: 4100 Ottensheim
Destination: 4020 Linz

duration: 5h 45m
length: 17,0 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 693m
Altitude difference (downhill): 678m

Lowest point: 254m
Highest point: 688m
difficulty: difficult
condition: very difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Path / trail, Gravel, Hiking trail, Other

Short description:
The Donausteig-simply fabulous! Summit storm onto the Donaublick - one of the seven Danube climbing summits! On this panoramic stage, we hike from Ottensheim in the fertile Eferding basin over the summits of the Donaublicks and the Pöstlingberg to the Linzer basin to Linz. We discover Ottensheim as an ancient trading hub, the myth of the Lochsteines (stones), the landmark of Linz, the innovative Maximillian fortress, the steepest adhesion railway in the world of...

Technique: *

Quality of experience: ******

Recommended season:

  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October


  • Multi-stage route
  • Scenic
  • Refreshment stops available
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Insider tip
  • Summit route

Seal of approval:

  • Quality route according to "Österreichisches Wandergütesiegel"

Starting point for this leg of the Donausteig is Ottensheim. The historic Danube market is located on the eastern edge of the fertile Eferding basin and has a historically important Danube crossing. The beautiful marketplace tells of a long tradition as a trading hub. From the pier of the Rollfähre (ferry) we walk along the Danube on the Treppelweg (path). While the Danube can be wonderful observe and ponder about the former activities on the Danube crossing. At the Danube bend, where the current flows further into the Kerbtal (valley) of the Linzer gateway, we leave the river and begin our summit assault. After a short section of forest we walk up the Dürnberg (mountain) past rural surroundings: lush meadows, farm fields, beautiful fruit fields, solitary farms,... We quickly gain height on dirt farm roads. Our field of view widens as more and more of the whole Eferding basin becomes apparent - simply beautiful! The Donausteig-resting point "Dürnberg" gives us a nice opportunity for a comfortable break. After a small wooded area, we are at the height of the Linzer gateway and can see the narrow gorge of the Danube River. After a short forest descent, we then walk back on farm and dirt roads through rural cultural landscape uphill towards Koglerau. The unique panoramic terrace of the Kögler Court provides the setting to ponder. From there, a footpath through the atmospheric forest of the Koglerau leads us to the summit cross of the Donaublick, the first experience highlight of this Donausteig-stage. Congratulations - here we are on one of the seven leading peaks of the Donausteig! One last time the view of the fertile Eferding basin opens up to us. Now, the path to the Linzer basin begins. After the summit the view into the new landscape opens us for the first time. Over meadows and fields, passing scattered settlements, on a long up and down, we reach the symbol of Linz is the Pöstlingberg with its pilgrimage church - the second adventure highlight of this Donausteig-stage which offers a unique view from the Linzer basin all the way to the Alps - simply fabulous! Here long stay is worth it, because there is so much to discover. Then, a way of the cross leads us through meadows and woodland down to the Petrinum at the foot of the Pöstlingberges (mountain). From there the walk is through the city and over the Danube bridge to the magnificent main square of Linz. A diversified Danube climbing experience between nature and culture - simply fabulous!


Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:

-Ottenheim-a crossway and trading site

-Donausteig-starting point "Ottensheim"

-Danube ferry Ottensheim Wilhering

-Danube power plant Ottensheim Wilhering

-Abbey Wilhering uniqueness through fire

-Donausteig-resting point "Dürnberg"

-Lochsteine-Jewels for the hereafter?

-Kürnberg-the Emperors forest

- ...


Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 3_N06 Ottensheim Linz" - yet to follow!

From the Donausteig-starting point in Ottensheim we follow the Treppelweg (path) along the Danube downstream until it under the Bundesstraße B127 reaches an asphalt road. We follow the road right to the Inn "Dürnberg". Immediately turn left and continue under the main road and in a loop over the bridge towards the road tunnel. On the other side of the bridge turn right where the paths leads through a beautiful forest along the Schröckingerbachs (stream) uphill. After about 80 m turn left. Here we leave the trench and walk to the asphalt road (next to square yard) over dirt roads in a slight curve to the right. We follow this turn right uphill until it end at the next farm. A dirt road in a long right-curve continues uphill to the next crossing with an asphalt road (next to a farm). We cross it and come across a dirt road which continues uphill to the Donausteig-resting point "Dürnberg". Through a forest stretch (Lochstein), past a chapel we wander a short distance along the forest edge (view of the Kürnberg (mountain)). This is followed by a short descent through the forest up to some hidden houses. We cross the river and reach the paved farm road on the opposite side of a dirt road. We continue up to a Y-junction- turn left through a depression. Turn Right uphill. On the road, we go around a small wooded area to the West and then turn at the farm right. Over dirt roads, we finally come to the Köglerhof (court). Straight ahead on a trail uphill we are shortly thereafter at the hidden forest Summit of the Koglerau (boulders, Wooden sign, sitting opportunities). Here we follow the Ridge South (right). After about 80 m, we arrive at a crossroads. Turn right, and a short detour brings us to our Donausteig-summit, the summit of the Donaublick. Turn left, and we walk downhill from the peak forest, and arrive past a settlement a junction with the paved Grossambergstraße (Marienkapelle (Chapel)). Now turn left and continue across the meadows and fields. The next road that turns right, leads us quickly downhill. After a small settlement, a forest road leads us on some bends down to the creek. After the crossing, a forest trail leads uphill on the opposite sided slope. Uphill, at the junction with the settlement road, we turn left. In a long right bend we pass the Inn Freiseder and reach the main square at the Pöstlingberg cemetery. Turn left and after 50 m turn right and walk uphill. Shortly thereafter, the road continues to the Pöstlingberg (mountain). The next intersection is at the track crossing of the Pöstlingbergbahn. Here begins the short detour to the Donausteig-resting point "Pöstlingberg Plattform". We turn back left to the road through the gate of the fortress and go right up to the observation deck. For the descent to Linz, we cross the tracks and wander downhill to the right the narrow walkway. Shortly thereafter, we arrive onto the way of the cross, which quickly brings us over gravel and dirt roads to the Petrinum at the foot of the Pöstlingberg. At the beginning(!) of its powerful main building, the Donausteig takes a sharp right turn onto the Leistenhofstraße (street). At the T‑Kreuzung, turn left and follow the Wischerstrasse (street) up to the next crossing. Turn right along the Doppelbauerwegs (path) back up to the next crossing. We follow the Rosenauerstraße (street) left for a longer time until we reach a park-like intersection (fountains). From here the road takes us right straight through Urfahr across the Danube bridge to the Linz's main square.


To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here  .

The Maximilianische fortress, the Grotto railway, the sanctuary, the view over Linz,... all highlights that make the Ausflugsberg (mountian) unique. And crowning the descent with the Pöstlingbergbahn, the steepest adhesion railway in the world.

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Additional information:
WGD Tourismus GmbH 
Lindengasse 9
4040 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43(0)732/7277-800
Fax. +43(0)732/7277-804 


Tourism center Ottensheim
Marktplatz 7
4100 Ottensheim, Austria
Telefon: +43 (0)7234 82255 30
Mobil: +43 (0)699 10437643
Fax:    +43 (7234)82255 34
Gemeindeamt Tel.: +43(0)7234/822550

Tourist Information Linz
Hauptplatz 1
4020 Linz
Tel.: +43(0)732-7070-2009
Fax: +43(0)732-7070-542009
www.linz-tourismus.info und www.linz.at/tourismus

Starting point: Ottensheim - The Donausteig-starting point "Ottensheim" lies on the dock of the Ferry Ottensheim-Wilhering on the south exist of the market place
Destination: Linz- Main square (Linz has two Donausteig-starting points, however this one lies very central: The Donausteig-starting point for stage „3_S06 Linz-Enns“ is located on the east exit of the Linzer Schlosses (castle); the Donausteig-starting point for the stage „3_N07 Linz-Steyregg“ is located in Urfahr on the danube embankment in front of the Ars-Electronica-Center).

further information:
  • Multi-day tour
  • Board possible

Accessibility / arrival

Getting there
The Donausteig-starting point lies to the south exit of Ottenheim's Market square (Navi: A-4100 Ottensheim, Marktplatz).

Public Transit
Ottensheim can be reached by bus and train. A transfer back from Linz is possible as well by bus or train. If you take the train be aware that the train statiosn are further away from their respective city centers! Information on time tables online at http://www.ooevv.at  .

The market center of Ottensheim is largerly a short period parking zone - as well the zone close to the ferry dock. Free of charge parking zones can be found at the Donauhalle (approx. 5 walking minutes away:  Nähe Donaulände) or at the parking lot at the school center (approx. 10 walking minutes away: north of the parish church).

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  • Autumn

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Donausteig Stage 3_N06 Ottensheim - Linz: „Summit Assualt-From the Eferdinger Basin to the Linzer Basin“
WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Lindengasse 9
4040 Linz

Phone +43 732 7277 - 800
mobile +43 699 10437643
Fax machine +43 732 7277 - 804

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Starting place: 4100 Ottensheim
Destination: 4020 Linz

duration: 5h 45m
length: 17,0 km
Altitude difference (uphill): 693m
Altitude difference (downhill): 678m

Lowest point: 254m
Highest point: 688m
difficulty: difficult
condition: very difficult
panoramic view: Dreamtour

Paths covering:
Asphalt, Path / trail, Gravel, Hiking trail, Other