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  • Rotes Tor in Spitz
  • Weißenkirchen in der wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau-Logo
  • Heurigenbesuch in der Wachau
  • Der Welterbesteig Wachau am Michaelerberg
  • Ausblick von der Ruine Hinterhaus in Spitz
  • Pause in Weißenkirchen
Tour length
10.54 km
03:30 h
Anforderung an: Condition
3 von 6
5 von 6
6 von 6

Jan Yes Feb Yes Mar Yes Apr Yes May Yes Jun Yes Jul Yes Aug Yes Sep Yes Oct Yes Nov Yes Dec Yes

506/494 Hm
Lowest point
214 Hm
Highest point
457 Hm
Altitude profile
  • Rotes Tor in Spitz
  • Weißenkirchen in der wachau
  • Welterbesteig Wachau-Logo
  • Heurigenbesuch in der Wachau
  • Der Welterbesteig Wachau am Michaelerberg
  • Ausblick von der Ruine Hinterhaus in Spitz
  • Pause in Weißenkirchen

From Weißenkirchen to Spitz your way leads through the impressive heart oft he Wachau stone terraces and vineyards. The wine growers villages of Weißenkirchen and Spitz invite you to rest and enjoy the wine of the area. Nature lovers will be thrilled seeing the nature monument at „Michaelerberg“ (hill).

Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Weißenkirchen to Spitz

This stage leads through unique vineyards. High above the Danube you find the biggest cohesive wine growing area of the Wachau including famous vineyards like „Kollmitz,Kollmütz,Hochrain“ with stunning views. Above of St. Michael you walk through romantic dry grasslands, woods and miraculous rock landscapes and marvelous views are guaranteed. Through the red gate you enter the wine village Spitz. In the historic wine villages of Spitz and Weißenkirchen dozens of taverns, restaurants and cafes are welcoming you.

More details

Tour length
Starting point
Weißenkirchen, Marktplatz (market square)
Point of arrival
Spitz, Kirchenplatz (church square)
Getting there
Highway A1 until intersection St.Pölten, following S33 and B3 via Krems to Weißenkirchen or Spitz.

From market square in Weißenkirchen the castle stairs at Bachstraße (creek road) lead up left to the castle quarter, one of the oldest settlements in the Wachau with gothic harvest courts and several taverns (stamp station tavern family Rosenberger). At the end of castle quarter you walk downward into the „Lichtgartl“ (name of a former vineyard could be translated with light garden) and reach the vineyards. You cross Seiberstraße (street) and get to a vineyard called „Ritzling“. Now the way turns right passing vineyard „Postaller“ up tot he famous vineyard „Kollmitz“. At this point its possible to hike down to Wösendorf and Joching. The main route continues right along the panoramic way leading into the Buchenwald (beech wood). So after a few minutes you leave the vinyeards and enter a beech wood. After the wood loop you will enter the vineyards again at Geißberg (hill) and finally reach a panoramic trail above the well known vineyards „Hochrain, Höll and Kollmütz“.

At the end oft he vineyards you enter the wood, walking to the view point and nature monument „Michaelerberg“ (hill), where you find a descent way to St. Michael (20 min descent time). Michaelerberg was an old „Hutweide“ (grassland for animals watched by a shepherd) and belongs to the most biodiverse meadows along the Danube. Bizarre rock and stone formations make the Michaelerberg so special. After a short rest including great views you follow the panoramic trail St. Michael through an untouched oak and hornbeam forest down to Mieslingtal (valley). At the creek you walk right and soon you cross the Mieslingbach (creek) and walking uphill you reach legendary red gate, the rest of the former defensive wall of Spitz. You walk through the gate entering the vineyards of Spitz and via a historic connecting path straight down to Spitz. Passing the famous vineyards „Rotes Tor“, „Singerriedel“ and „Axpoint“ after about 10 minutes picturesque church square of Spitz is in sight which marks the end of this stage.


Hiking boots, raincoat, enough to eat and drink, a trail map and maybe a list of open taverns. You can find an equipmentlist on www.welterbesteig.at section service/tips.

Safety guidelines

There are no restaurants along the way and also no water source.

In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140

Additional Information

Best of Wachau: The most famous and recommendable restaurants and accommodations in the Wachau „UNESCO-World-Heritage“ you find here atwww.bestof-wachau.at.

You can find more information about restaurants and accommodations at www.welterbesteig.at. Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in Spitz and Weißenkirchen in winter. More information about the winter opening times at www.weissenkirchen-wachau.at or www.spitz-wachau.at.

You can find taverns in Weißenkirchen and Spitz. Several taverns are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.

For easy and convenient organization of the tours its good to have the Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal application. Just download for Android or iPhone.