Welcome to the gentle side of the Wachau

All detours and alternative routes at a glance

Pärchen rastet am Donauradweg

Information on the Danube Cycle Path

Due to the landslide in the area of the municipality Aggsbach Dorf, the Danube cycle path on the southern bank of the Danube is closed between Aggsbach Dorf and Aggstein. Cyclists can use a bicycle ferry, daily from 9 am to 6 pm, for free to bypass the interrupted section of the Danube cycle path. The cycle ferry and other possible Danube crossings are shown in a graphic overview. The overview map is available for download here.

Alternative ways to bypass the closure of the Danube cycle path:

  • Coming from Mautern: Change to the northern bank using the ferries in St. Lorenz (to Weißenkirchen) or in Arnsdorf (to Spitz).
  • Coming from Melk: Cross the Danube at the Melk bridge to switch to the northern route from Emmersdorf to Krems.
Danube Cycle Path, stage 5, north bank: Emmersdof-Krems

DDSG Blue Danube vor Dürnstein © DDSG Blue Danube / Christian Woeckinger

Information on Shipping & Ferry Connections

The ferries Weißenkirchen-St.Lorenz and Spitz-Arnsdorf as well as the motor ferry Dürnstein-Rossatz are in operation.

From Friday, June 28th, the liner shipping company DDSG Blue Danube will be traveling to the town of Aggsbach-Dorf once a day in both directions. The pier is offered as a stop for cyclists who can use it to cross from Aggsbach-Dorf to Spitz. To signal that the ship is on board, there is a yellow flag at the pier that must be hoisted. 

The MS Austria leaves Aggsbach-Dorf at 1:00 p.m. towards Melk and at 3:00 p.m. towards Spitz.


Bus Connections in the Wachau

For the regional bus line 720 (Krems-Rossatz-Schönbühel-Melk) on the south bank, a special timetable applies (June 29th - September 1st, 2024) due to the rockslide on the B33 near Aggsbach Dorf. The regional bus route 720 will be operated separately during this period. That means there is a bus coming from Krems or Melk that takes the detour in Mautern or Aggsbach-Dorf. A second bus leaves Krems at the same time and goes to all stops up to Aggstein.

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Arriving by Car

Access by car to the businesses and municipalities on the southern bank is possible on the B33 from Melk up to Aggsbach Dorf, and from Mautern up to Aggstein. However, there is good signage for the local detour via Maria Langegg, ensuring that the entire region, all tourism businesses, and locations on the southern bank are easily accessible.


The right bank of the Danube between Melk and Göttweig is full of insider tips for wine lovers, those interested in culture and those who enjoy exercise. 

The communities of Schönbühel-Aggsbach, Rossatz-Arnsdorf, Bergern im Dunkelsteinerwald, Mautern and Furt near Göttweig are located on the southern bank of the Wachau, which is quieter for tourists. A variety of cultural, culinary and sporting delights await guests here - always including the wonderful view of the famous sights of the Wachau's north bank.

Welcome to the businesses on the south bank!

Aussicht Ruine Aggstein © Andreas Hofer

Exciting Excursion Destinations

In addition to the ruins of Aggstein, one of the top attractions in the Wachau region, many smaller excursion destinations are also open for you.


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