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Nibelungengau long distance trail 6: Leiben - Pöchlarn

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  • Europaschloss Leiben
    / Europaschloss Leiben
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Rastmöglichkeit auf schwimmender Plattform in Donau bei Klein-Pöchlarn
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Blick Richtung Klein-Pöchlarn von Donaulände aus
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Blick Richtung Pöchlarn von Donaulände in Klein-Pöchlarn
    Photo: Stadtgemeinde Pöchlarn
  • / Nibelungengdenkmal Pöchlarn
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Oskar Kokoschka Haus in Pöchlarn
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
m 350 300 250 200 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Leiben Stadtmuseum im Welserturm Klein-Pöchlarn Pöchlarn
Enjoy the wonderful view of the Danube valley and Melk abbey. Between Klein-Pöchlarn and Pöchlarn you cross the Danube bridge and experience the Danube beneath your feet.
Distance 12.2 km
3:19 h
230 m
283 m

The tour starts at the castel in Leiben and leads slightly uphill through Weinzierl, down via Kaumberg and through the village Ebersdorf. Along the wood‘s edge the last part of the way leads down to Klein Pöchlarn on an asphalt road. Now the way leads downstream along the Danube, afterwards via the Danube bridge and then upstream to the „Nibelungendenkmal“ (Nibelung monument) in Pöchlarn.

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: May 21, 2019
Highest point
327 m
Lowest point
211 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Bäckerei-Cafe-Konditorei Mistlbacher
K.U.K - Stadtkaffee
Cafe Intakt

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, mirror sculpture Klein-Pöchlarn, floating platform named „Erika“ in the Danube in Klein-Pöchlarn, museum of Oskar Kokoschka in Pöchlarn, nibelung monument in Pöchlarn, city museum of Pöchlarn located in the Welserturm (tower)

Restaurants and Cafes along the way are in:
Leiben, Klein-Pöchlarn and Pöchlarn

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


Leiben, castle (269 m)
48.243723, 15.283323
48°14'37.4"N 15°17'00.0"E
33U 521034 5343428


Pöchlarn, Nibelung monument

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the panorama panel 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. The way leads slightly uphill through Weinzierl, via Kaumberg (hill) and through the village Ebersdorf. Here you get a great view of Melk abbey and – depending on the weather – you can also enjoy a view of the Ötscher (famous mountain in Austria). Along the wood’s edge with rare plant species the last part of the way leads down to Klein Pöchlarn on an asphalt road. From there the way first leads downstream along the Danube. Afterwards you cross the bridge and now you walk upstream until the panorama panel in Pöchlarn at the Nibelung monument. One of the most famous Austrian artists of the 20th century Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980), who was born in the Lawer Austrian city of Pöchlarn was painter, poet and graphic artist. Kokoschka museum which is located in his house of birth displays about 100 artworks of this great expressionist.


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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 (timetable).


Getting there

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 an 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.


At the castle in Leiben or in Pöchlarn in the city center or at the parking lot in front of the Nibelung monument.


48.243723, 15.283323
48°14'37.4"N 15°17'00.0"E
33U 521034 5343428
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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

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12.2 km
3:19 h
230 m
283 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available


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