From the blacksmith’s workshop in Aggsbach Dorf, where this tour starts, you are walking further to the crossing. Opposite of restaurant „Zur Kartause“ you turn left and start your rise up to the ruin Aggstein. Passing Pestkreuz (plague cross) you reach the parking lot in front of the ruin and walk on uphill through the „Herrenwald“ (wood) and the Aggsteingraben (trench). The ruin dating back to the 12th century once was residcence oft he Kuenringer lineage and knight „Georg Schreck vom Walde“ (Georg fright of the wood). Because of its imposing size and historic importance ruin Aggstein belongs to the most important castles in Austria. Inside a rustic tavern invites you to come in for a refreshment stop (only with entrance fee). After the relaxing rest you follow the wood path to monastery Maria Langegg, where you can visit the pilgirmage museum. From Maria Langegg you continue on again into the Dunkelsteinerwald. Your way leads to the way side shrine „Goldreut“ and the „Friedrichsfelsen“ (rock). Now you have the choice for an excursion to the Hohen Stein (rock), which you can reach via a short climbing section.
Hoher Stein is one of the most beautiful view points in the Wachau offering great views . Continuing on downwards the way now leads through Buchental to the rest place „Glauberkreuz“ (cross) in the middle of the Arnsdorf vineyards (where the opening ceremony of the Wachau World Heritage Trail held place in May 2010). A few hundred meters later you arrive at main road B33. You follow this road to the right and soon after to the left just until above the ferry station between Arnsdorf and Spitz. Don’t walk down to the station just keep straigh on. Parallel to the river the way leads into Hofarnsdorf where you take the left to reach castle and church oft he village. The castle from the Biedermeier period directly built next to the Danube is privately owned and can only be seen from the outside. With a wonderful view of Spitz with the “Tausendeimerberg”, vineyard Atzberg and the red gate on the opposite shore you round off your tour.
For restaurants and accommodation we recommend „Best of Wachau“ businesses: www.bestof-wachau.at. You find a „Best of Wachau“ member in Aggsbach Dorf.
Further opportunities for restaurants, taverns and cafes and opening hours:
Several restaurants are located in Aggsbach Dorf and Maria Langegg. Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in winter. In Hofarnsdorf there is only one restaurant. Restaurant „Zur Wachau“ family Zeller which is closed from November 8th until March 20th. During the opening period the restaurant is closed Monday and Tuesday. www.zeller-wachau.at; 0043(0)2714/8217
Restaurant Stumpfer in Schönbühel: Opening times are April, May, June, July, August, September and October from Thursday to Tuesday (Wednesday closed). December till March open from Thursday to Monday (Tuesday and Wednesday closed). Kitchen hours are: 11a.m. to 2:30p.m. and 6p.m. to 9p.m. (on Sunday only till 8p.m.). In November the restaurant is closed. www.stumpfer.com Tel: 0043(0)2752/8510
Restaurant/guesthouse „Domingo“, Aggsbach Dorf: open year round, warm food all day long (closed on Wednesday) Phone: 0043(0)2753/8353.
Restaurant/guesthouse „Zur Kartause“, Aggsbach Dorf: open from April to September (closed on Tuesday) www.gasthof-lechner.at; 0043(0)2753/8243.
Restaurant/guesthouse „Zur Post“, Aggsbach Dorf: March till November open daily except Monday. Sunday and public holiday warm food all day long. During winter time closed December, January and February. Phone: 0043(0)2753/8220
Restaurant/Hotel Residenz Wachau, Aggsbach Dorf: open from March 27th to October 31st, kitchen hours daily from 11a.m. to 9p.m. From November till January 5th only open on request with reservation (closed from January 5th till March 27th 2016) www.residenz-wachau.at; 0043(0)2753/8221.
Ruin Aggstein (also stamp station): is open from end of March till end of November. www.ruineaggstein.at; 0043(0)2753/82281
Wine taverns are located in Hofarnsdorf, Bacharnsdorf, Mitterarnsdorf and Oberarnsdorf. Several taverns are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.
More opportunities for accommodation are in Aggsbach Dorf, Oberarnsdorf,Hofarnsdorf, Mitterarnsdorf and Bacharnsdorf.
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