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Panoramic Hiking in the Nibelungengau

4 nights from € 369.00

  • Nibelungengau-Ybbs-Wandern
  • Nibelungengau-Maria Taferl-Wandern
  • Nibelungengau Wandern
  • Nibelungengau Donaukraftwerk Ybbs-Persenbeug
4 nights
Package price
from € 369.00

Period of travel

  • 01.04.2021 - 31.10.2021

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Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
3620 Spitz, Schlossgasse 3
+43 2713 30060 Web

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  • Nibelungengau-Ybbs-Wandern
  • Nibelungengau-Maria Taferl-Wandern
  • Nibelungengau Wandern
  • Nibelungengau Donaukraftwerk Ybbs-Persenbeug

Parts of the medieval German epic “Lay of the Nibelung” take place along the Danube. One character is Rüdiger von Bechlaren, liege man to Attila the Hun. The Nibelungengau Hiking Trail now winds its way along the Danube banks through impressive river landscapes where Rüdiger once held sway. Imposing, history-charged destinations enhance the hiking experience on the 110-km-long Nibelungengau Hiking Trail. One is Artstetten Castle, home to Archduke Franz Ferdinand, the heir presumptive to the imperial throne. Two others are Maria Taferl Basilica and the Ybbs Persenbeug power plant.

This route is the link between the Wachau World Heritage Trail and the Danube Trail (Donausteig) in Upper Austria. It runs mostly along the Danube, passing lovely spots and inviting excursion destinations that will make you want to spend all the more time in the Nibelungengau.

Day 1:
Individual arrival in Emmersdorf and overnight stay.

Day 2:
Hike from Emmersdorf to Artstetten, 19.6 km, takes about 6 h.
Taking the World Heritage Trail, you hike from Emmersdorf to Rantenberg, then downhill to Hain and Luberegg Castle. Next, you pass by the Melk power station and continue on to Leiben. Just beyond Leiben Castle, you meet up with the Nibelungengau Hiking Trail, which takes you on a steep ascent through the forest. Then, you walk on a meadow path with a very scenic lookout point. After passing the Church of St. Corona, the route proceeds with moderate ascents and descents to Losau and Artstetten, the final destination for the day. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Tip: Visit Artstetten Castle and discover vestiges of the life of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir presumptive to the imperial throne.

Day 3:
Hike from Artstetten to Marbach, 14.8 km, takes 4h 30 min.
Today’s stage of the trail begins at the Artstetten municipal hall. The route largely follows the Way of St. James until you pass the golf course and arrive in the pilgrimage town of Maria Taferl. A visit to the basilica itself is highly recommended but so too is the glorious view of the Nibelungengau and the Alpine foothills from the terrace in front of the church. From Maria Taferl the route continues downhill through the forest. Then you proceed uphill to Hilmanger for a stop at Gasthof Gressl. From there you head downhill again, walking over rustic bridges through a gorge, Steinbachklamm. After passing an old mill (Winkelmühle), you take a blacktop road to Marbach, the final destination for the day.
Overnight stay at a hotel.

Day 4:
Hike from Marbach to Persenbeug, 16.7 km, takes 5 h 30 min.
After a hearty breakfast, you start today’s stage of the trail leaving Marbach and walking along the Danube, passing the port and then heading uphill into the woods. Enjoy the lovely view of the Danube Valley. The route continues through the woods on a forest road, passing a quarry before heading downhill in the direction of Metzling. After a leisurely hike through the idyllic villages of Gottsdorf and Hagsdorf, you arrive in Persenbeug, your final destination for the day. Overnight stay at a hotel.
Tip: Visit the oldest Danube power station in Austria in Ybbs-Persenbeug.

Day 5:
After a delicious breakfast, a taxi returns you to your point of departure in Emmersdorf.

Services included:

  • 4 x overnight stays, breakfast included, in selected lodgings
  • 3 x hiker lunches with regional products, prepared by your host
  • 3 x luggage transferred by the lodgings (1 piece of luggage per person)
  • 1 x passenger and luggage transfer from Persenbeug back to Emmersdorf
  • 1 x hiking packet with map, route description and information about the Nibelungengau Hiking Trail

Package price per person (excluding local tourist tax) as low as €369.00 in double room
Single room surcharge (excluding local tourist tax) on request (Price depends on the available room category)

Not included and to be paid on-site:
Admissions to the excursion destinations mentioned
Local tourist tax of about €1.60 per person/night (charged for guests age 16 and up)