The Donausteig-simply fabulous! At this stage, we wander from the Schlögener Loop in the wooded Donauengtal (valley) across the rural plateau of the Sauwald (forest) to Aschach located in the fertile Eferding basin. We discover the magnificent natural wonders of the Schlögener loop, the wonderful home of the farmer Christoph Zeller, the settlement names as silent narrators of the landscape's cultural richness, the historic Danube market Aschach...
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The famous natural wonder "Schlögener Loop" is the starting point of this Donausteig-stage. TheSchlögener Loop lies deeply buried in the breakthrough stretch of the upper Danube valley and changes its directions twice almost 180 ° in only a few kilometres - simply fabulous! We walk from Schlögen an der Donau passed stations of the nature adventure path "Ciconia" through the steep hillside forest up to the "Schlögener Blick". This vantage platform gives us the famous views of the loop - simply terrific! Only here, the fascination and the individuality of this natural spectacle is apparent. No wonder, then, that this look was the poster view of the entire Donausteig. In the forest further uphill we reach the attractive plateau of the Sauwald (forest) shortly thereafter. Now, wavy surroundings characterizes the landscape: extended forests, lush meadows, cultivated fields, stunning hedges, scattered farmsteads,... On dirt and farm roads, we hike comfortably up and down to Haibach, the home town of the farmer Christoph Zeller. A short detour to the peasant parish church is recommended! The Donausteig branches here shortly before the village centre off and leads back down into the forest. On wonderful forest paths, later on a farm road we follow the mighty stream high above the Danube. Hidden views of into the Donauengtal embed themselves as a nature oasis of the surrounding cultural landscape into our memory. After a river bend, we reach again the high plateau of the Sauwald. Now begins a long, fabulous trail. On a chain of hills we hike in gently up and down through the rural landscape of the Sauwald (forest). Hidden views of the Alps open up to us occasionally. Initially on wonderful meadow trails, then often on paved farm roads we finally reach the last hill - a true panorama terrace! Here the whole Eferding basin is at our feet and on the horizon the Summit giants of the Alps! Now begins the long, panoramic descent into the Eferding basin. On paved farm roads, occasionally over dirt roads, we hike through a beautiful, rural landscape down to Aschach an der Donau. A scenic experience of a special kind!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary
-Donausteig-starting point "Schlögen"
-Schlögen and the Danubelimes
-Natural wonders "Schlögener Schlinge"
-Life-nature project "Hillside and Gorge forests in the upper Danube valley"
-Ciconia slab "A Kingdom of mushrooms"
-Ciconia slab "Ferns and mosses"
-Ciconia slab "The wonders of the streams"
-Donausteig-resting point "Schlögen views"
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 1_S04 Schlögen 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 directly in fron of the Hotel Donauschlinge (Navigation: A‑4083 Haibach, Hotel Donauschlinge/Schlögen 2).
Schlögen can be reached by bus. A transfer back from Aschach is possible as well. Bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
Next to the Donausteig-starting point there are a number of parking opportunities, free of charge, in the parking lot of the Hotel Donauschlinge
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