Before the Danube runs through the „Wachau Valley“ it passes the „Nibelungengau Area“ which has to tell a lot of exciting stories.
From the Nibelungen-Legend to the Nibelungen-Area
The name of the Valley between Ybbs and Melk has its origin in the Nibelungenlegend. Rüdiger from Bechelaren (today Pöchlarn) should have had his headquarters as a vassal of Attila King of the Huns in this area. So part of the story takes place along the Danube and also in the Nibelungengau.
Throughout the Nibelungengau you can find many exceptional spots. A pilgrimage place, unique castles or the oldest Danube-Power- Station in Austria.
Hiking along the river: Nibelungengau long distance trail
The Danube Region in Lower Austria recently got a series of very well developed hiking trails. It does not matter if you like it leisurely or more advanced, the new trail, offers routes for everybody.
The Nibelungengau trail connects the Upper Austrian Danubetrack in the West with the Welterbsteig Wachau in the East. Hiking along the Danube from Passau to Krems is an attractive challenge for passionate hikers.
With a lenght of 110 km the trail runs north and south along the Danube. It offers great views walking along beautiful landscapes and historic places. The eight different tours are between 10 and 22 km long.
For hikers with more time left, there are different round trips around the movement arena Nibelungengau to be tested. They are great for tours with the family or as well for running and nordic walking.