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Nibelungengau long distance trail 5: Leiben - Emmersdorf

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Enjoy the wonderful view of the Danube valley at Leiben and the atmosphere of the Danube. From the power station you have a direct view of Melk abbey.
moderate
Distance 11.1 km
3:00 h
232 m
294 m
363 m
207 m

The tour starts at the castle in Leiben and on through Weinzierl via the „Henzing“. Along the road to Urfahr, where you cross the main road. Afterwards you walk along the Danube cycle path following direction power station Melk. This is the point where long distance trail Nibelungengau and Wachau World Heritage Trail meet. Now you pass castle Luberegg to make your way to Rantenberg and Emmersdorf.

The Nibelungengau long distance trail is split up into 8 stages and can be passed through in both directions. Signs along the way will help you to find the right direction.

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Update: October 18, 2023
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
363 m
Lowest point
207 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 62.10%Dirt road 7.74%Forested/wild trail 20.16%Path 6.42%Road 3.46%Unknown 0.09%
Asphalt
6.9 km
Dirt road
0.9 km
Forested/wild trail
2.2 km
Path
0.7 km
Road
0.4 km
Unknown
0 km
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Safety information

Please pay attention to following tips and hints, in order to enjoy your hiking trip.
-          Stay on the marked trails.
-          Wear hiking boots for your safety.
-          Use walking sticks to find balance.
-          It is always good to have a rainjacket with you.
-          Don't forget your trail map.
-          Make sure to have enough drinking water.
-          Don't litter!
-          No open fire!
-          Please respect the sensitive habitats of flora and fauna.
We also like to point out, that it is forbidden to ride a horse or a mountain bike along wood trails or private forest roads.

Tips and hints

Tips and hints for excursions along the way:
Castle in Leiben, Wachau donkey experience, Melk abbey

Restaurants and Cafes along the way are in:
Leiben, Emmersdorf or Melk

More sights in the area Nibelungengau:
Power station Ybbs-Persenbeug, peace museum in Erlauf, museum of Oskar Kokoschka in Pöchlarn,  castle in Artstetten and basilica in Maria Taferl

Start

Leiben, castle (269 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.243706, 15.283400
DMS
48°14'37.3"N 15°17'00.2"E
UTM
33U 521040 5343426
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Destination

Emmersdorf, main square

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the castle in Leiben. The approximately 800-year-old castle thrones on a massive and steep rock and marks the transition from the southern part of the rough woodquarter into picturesque Danube valley in a very impressive way. Slighltly uphill you walk through Weinzierl via the “Henzing” and then along the road down to Urfahr, where you cross the main road. In Urfahr you walk along the Danube cycle path following direction power station Melk. This is the point where long distance trail Nibelungengau and Wachau World Heritage Trail meet. Now you pass castle Luberegg and walk on to Rantenberg. From now on the way leads down to Emmersdorf.

Power station Melk connects the north with the south shore of the Danube river and you can enjoy a direct view of Melk abbey. It is possible to cross the Danube following Wachau World Heritage Trail towards Melk.

Public transport

With the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) you travel to trainstation Melk (timetable). From the trainstation you can take a bus (Postbus) to Leiben here.

Directions

Highway A1 until exit Pöchlarn, then take the first exit at the roundabout, and after about 1 kilometer turn left following direction „Donaubrücke“ (Danube bridge). Cross the bridge, stay right and follow road B3 to Ebersdorf. In the village of Ebersdorf you turn left to drive up to Leiben.

Approaching from Grein or Krems, country road B3 leads you directly to Ebersdorf and in the village you turn left approaching from Grein or you turn right approaching from Krems to drive up to Leiben.

Parking

At the castle in Leiben or in the center of Emmersdorf.

Coordinates

DD
48.243706, 15.283400
DMS
48°14'37.3"N 15°17'00.2"E
UTM
33U 521040 5343426
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

For great memories of your hiking experience and to enjoy the surrounding nature, please consider to take some general gear which is listed here: Equipment list

Similar routes nearby

  • Nibelungengau long distance trail 6: Leiben - Pöchlarn
  • Wachau World Heritage Trail 09: Melk - Aggsbach Dorf
  • Wachau World Heritage Trail 08: Emmersdorf - Melk
  • Nibelungengau long distance trail 7: Pöchlarn - Krummnussbaum
  • Wachau World Heritage Trail 06: Maria Laach - Aggsbach Markt
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
11.1 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
232 m
Descent
294 m
Highest point
363 m
Lowest point
207 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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