The Donausteig-simply fabulous! On this stage, we follow the forested Durchbruchstal (valley) of the upper Danube - partly along the mighty Danube river, partly above on the rural plateau. We discover Obernzell as a jewel of the Danube, the highly demanded Passau porcelain clay, the frontier of upper bavaria, the natural jewel called the donauleiten, the importance of fishing in the middle ages...
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This Donausteig-stage starts in Obernzell. The historic Danube market is nestled in the wooded Gorge of the upper Danube. The beautiful village with pretty facades and narrated by prosperity through salt and kaolin...., a multi-faceted Pearl of the Danube! From Donausteig-starting point we follow the mighty Danube River along the embankment downstream for approx. 2.5 km. Passing ships and magnificent views along the road underline the fascination of the "Danube valley". At the Kohlbachmühle (mill) begins the forest climb through the protected donauleiten up to the overlying plateau of the Bavarian forest. Over the Kohlbachgraben on forest paths we reach the upper edge of the donauleiten. Arrived at the impressive high plateau undulating landscapes shaped the scenery: lush meadows, fertile fields, traditional farm hamlet, small woodlands,... simply idyllic! On farm paths we walk comfortably in a wide right curve over the rural plateau and finally return to the donauleiten. A beautiful hiking trail leads through the rustic hillside woodland of the valley side, always close to the top. A highlight is the chapel of Ebenstein with its fabulous view deep into the Danube valley - simply inspirational! In the village of Riedl, we soon encounter the high plateau, and discover the ruins of Neujochenstein. The ruins are followed by one of the most beautiful descents through the donauleiten leading towards the Danube. After a short forest path to the Dantlbach (stream) (border between Germany Austria), we descend on the wild and romantic Öttlsteig (trail): mixed forest, rare stone runs, "Alpine" climbing...an experience in itself! Some stations of the LIFE nature forest road help us recognize the natural treasures of the valley flank. Along the wide Danube, we continue to the ferry of Engelhartszell. The idyllic Frauensteig (trail), also know as smugglers way, leads steeply through mixed forest of the donauleiten up to the high plateau - part of the Mühlviertler highlands. At the top, we continue downstream along the edge of the valley side and reach the adventure highlight of this stage the fabled Penzenstein! The pulpit behind the popular forest chapel opens up wonderful views down into the danube valley, especially of Engelhartszell. Following this, we trek through the rural landscape of the plateau. Farm, field and forest roads bring us in a wide right curve passed Pühret back into the forest of the donauleiten. Now, an idyllic forest path accompanies us beside the forest edge. The rock pulpit of the Pühretsteins (rock) allows us to once again deep inspiring views - a place to ponder! After a short detour out to the plateau and then we descend slowly passed the Castle Rannariedl to the Danube. The last stretch of the trail runs along the Treppelweg to Niederranna. Between the Danube and the plateau - pur fascination!
Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary:
-Obernzell bof fire pots and white clay
-Kaolin-the secret of porcelain
-Schloss Obernzell-an Episcopal summer residence
-The Danube, a water feature
-View "Kasten & Vichtenstein"
-Crossroads- thank god!
Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 1_N02 Obernzell Niederranna" - yet to follow
To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description here .
Coming from the market place in Obernzell turn right the junction in front of the Castle Obernzell. Approx. 60m further on is the Donausteig-starting point on the right hand side (Navi: D‑94130 Obernzell, Schloss Obernzell).
Obernzell can be reached by bus. Information on timetables online at www.vlp-passau.de. A transfer back form Niederanna is possible by bus as well. However, there is no direct direct connection and bus ride can take a few hours! Information on timetables online at http://www.ooevv.at .
The city center of Obernzell is mainly a short parking zone. One can park free of charge along the walls of the castle Obernzell across from the dock of the Danube ferry or in the hostpial street.
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