The Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage leads us from Engelhartszell first through the forest rich Durchbruchstal (valley) of the upper Danube, then across the rural Sauwald plateau to the deeply buried Schlögener loop. We discover the historical Engelhartszell, the only Trappist monastery in Austria, the hidden nature jewel of the small Kösslbachtals (valley), the four quarters of Upper Austria, the magnificent natural wonders of the Schlögener loop...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in Engelhartszell. The historic Danube market is hidden in forest rich Durchbruchstal (valley) of the upper Danube near the Bavarian border. The beautiful town tells of its significant history as an imperial toll station and merges with the many locations of the Engelhartszeller Danube world to become the adventure world "Danube" - simply fabulous! From the heart of the village we follow the mighty Danube River on the Treppelweg, 4 kms downstream. A short detour to the Trappistenstift Engelszell (abbey) with its wonderful rococo church is recommended - a true gem! Later, the long Danube offers plenty of time to ponder. Suddenly, it becomes new meaning and quality becomes clear to the deliberate silence of the Trappist monks which sharpens also our sense of what is special around this magical place. In Oberranna, we make a short arc up into the forests. The beautiful view back into the Danube valley reward our efforts to reach this point. At the mouth of the small Kösslbachs (stream) into the Danube, we reach the great river again. Now one of the top 10 natural highlights of the Donausteig begins; the climb through the secluded little Kösslbachtal (valley)! After a small stretch of forest road, a beautiful uphill hiking trail through jungle-like ravine forests begins. Mossy stone runs and mystic rock towers inspire our imagination here. Highlight of this natural jewel is the rock pulpit "Felsen-Blick" high above the Valley - a secluded place! Shortly thereafter, the rural plateau of the Sauwald (forest) begins. A mosaic of extended forests, flowering meadows, fertile fields and traditional farms characterize the surroundings. On small farm road uphill, we reach the Donausteig-resting point "4/4 Blick". Congratulations – here we are at the first summit of this stage! The unique 360 °-panorama view allows almost limitless sites into all four quarters of Upper Austria. The walk continues on farm roads over gentle ups and downs through the wonderful cultivated landscape. In Aichberg, the Donausteig leads down into dense forests and follows the mighty river there high above the Danube its mighty current. One becomes aware of the diversity of forests here in the upper Danube valley. In Waldkirchen, we return to the high plateau. Here a short detour to the picturesque Parish Church of the village is recommended. Here, the Donausteig makes a deep loop into the forest where beautiful views of the neighbouring Danube castles open up to us. Once again arrived at the plateau, we enjoy the spacious sites and hike over rural roads to the Paschinger Hill with its Donausteig-resting point. Congratulations – here we are at the second summit of this stage! The magnificent view in three directions allow us to see an incredible 20 towers. From here, the descent begins. Small farm roads bring us to Straß, where we descend on field and forest roads through the steep forests into the Valley to the magnificent natural wonders of the Schlögener loop . The Donausteig - an unforgettable experience!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary
-Engelhartszell Toll station
-Donausteig-starting point "Engelhartszell"
-Donausteig-stage "Danube tales"
-Pestsäule-a country without people!
-Blacksmith-shoes for the ship horses
-Donausteig-stage "Danube square"
-Balance-life with the water level
-Granite is not always granite
Download: Donauteig-diary "Stage 1_S03 Engelhartszell Schlögen" - 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 on Sauwaldstrasse (street) prox. 30 m southeast of the municipal office of Engelhartszell (Navigation: A‑4090 Engelhartszell, Gemeindeamt/Marktplatz 61).
Engelhartszell can be reached via bus. A transfer back from Schlögen is possible as well. Information on bus timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
Directly infront of the Donausteig-starting point there are numerous parking possibilities on Sauwaldstrasse (street). Further praking possibilities can be found on Stiftstrasse (access road to the Stift Engelszell; prox. 10 walking minutes away). Take care for possible short parking areas.
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