The Donausteig-simply fabulous! Starting from the historical town of Perg, we walk along the strictly regulated Naarnkanals (canal) through the fertile Machland (region) to Mitterkirchen. We discover the world of lumber floating on the Naarnkanal, the former celebrities of the Perger Mühlstein crushers, the project of the century "Machlanddamm (dam)"...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in the historical town of Perg on the northern edge of the Machland plain. The atmospheric main square is the first highlight with its magnificent parish church with ornate facades. Hidden clues tell us here of the former pan-European importance of the city through its millstone production. Still in the town centre, we arrive at the next peak, the Naarnfluss (river). The river leaves here the hilly Mühlviertel and leads through the fertile plains of the Machland to the Danube. Today inconspicuous, the Naarn was formerly one of the largest lumber floating rivers along the Danube. Now, this silent witness brings us through the Machland. At the floating site, today a village, we leave the city of Perg and we continue into the lonely expanse of the Machland plains. The gravel path is lined with lush shore trees and fertile fields. Soon, the strictly regulated Naarnkanal runs straight through the flat Machland. The straight route and the perceived remoteness invite to ponder! The Donausteig-resting point "Haid" offers us a welcome break. Following the rest, asphalted farm road and peasant farms underscore the human habitats of the "Machland". The flood defences of the village Wagra show us the ever-present threat of these houses becoming flooded in an instant. The final highlight of this stage is the Machlanddamm (dam). Between Labing and Mitterkirchen one can impressively experience the true dimension of this century project - simply fabulous!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary
-Donausteig-starting point "Perg"
-Perg-the city of the millstones
-Lumber floating on the Naarn
-At the lumber floating site
-River regulation in the change!
-Renaturation-learning from nature
-Donausteig-resting point "Haid"
-Wallsee and the Danube-limbs
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 4_G04 PERG Mitterkirchen" - 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 "Perg" is located directly at the main square of Perg (Navi: A-4320 Perg/Hauptplatz).
Perg can be reached by Train and Bus. A transfer back from Mitterkirchen is possible by bus. Bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
The city center is mostly a short parking zone. However there are many extended parking possibilites, sometimes free of charge, around 5-10 walking minutes from the city center.
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