Die Etappe startet bei der Donaulände in Persenbeug und führt die Donau entlang flussabwärts über Hagsdorf und Gottsdorf. Nach Metzling führt der Weg bergauf in den Wald. Sie kommen bei einem Steinbruch vorbei und folgen der Forststraße weiter bergauf durch den Wald. Am höchsten Punkt angekommen geht es bergab durch den Wald in Richtung Ort. Sie wandern am Hafen vorbei zur Schiffsanlegestelle in Marbach.
Achtung! Im Zuge der Hochwasserschutz-Baustelle kann es 2017 und voraussichtlich 2018 zu Behinderungen in der Gemeinde Marbach kommen. Die Wegführung des Weitwanderweges wird durch den Ort umgeleitet!
Highway A1 until exit Ybbs, following B25 through Ybbs, and use the Danube bridge (Ybbs/Persenbeug) to cross the river. After the bridge you keep right and follow B3 until Persenbeug.
Approaching from Grein or Krems, country road B3 leads you directly to Persenbeug.
You can park along the waterfront in Persenbeug or at the landing-stage in Marbach.
The tour starts in front of the panorama panel at the waterfront in Persenbeug and leads downstream along the Danube. A beautiful view oft he Danube power station Ybbs-Persenbeug and the city of Ybbs accompany you to Hagsdorf and Gottsdorf. At Metzling the way leads uphill into a wooded area and offers great views of the Danube valley and the Nibelungengau. Enjoy the panorama while taking a break at „Naturfreundestein“ (nature friends stone) in Rosenbichl. Afterwards you pass a stone pit and follow the forest road uphill through the wood. Along the way you can find some quiet places to rest in untouched nature. At the highest point –at „Hirschensprung“ (deer jump)- the way leads down through the wood to Kracking. Enjoy the wonderful panoramic view seeing Maria Taferl and the Nibelungengau. You walk through the village to Marbach, passing the port all the way to the panorama panel at the landing-stage where this tour ends.
With the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) you travel to trainstation Ybbs/Kemmelbach (timetable). From the trainstation you can take a bus (Postbus/Verkehrsbetriebe) from Ybbs to Persenbeug. Further information about bus schedules here: Postbus or Verkehrsbetriebe
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.
On this stage you mainly walk through quiet and shady wooded areas, away from hustle and bustle. Enjoy the great view of the Danube valley and the Nibelungengau in all its glory while taking a break at Naturfreundestein in Rosenbich, in Kracking, at Marbach or at the basilica in Maria Taferl. The lake in Persenbeug-Gottsdorf is a good place for a refreshing dip into the water on hot summer days. It is nice to stroll along the waterfront in Persenbeug and Marbach.
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.
Tips and hints for excursions along the way:
lake in Persenbeug-Gottsdorf
Information about Events of the region Nibelungengau and its surroundings you can find here.
For great memories of your hiking experience and to enjoy the surrounding nature, please consider to take some general gear which is listed below.