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.
Pöchlarn, Nibelung monument
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy the wonderful view of the Danube valley and Melk abbey at Leiben and Klein-Pöchlarn. Between Klein-Pöchlarn and Pöchlarn you cross the Danube bridge and experience the Danube beneath your feet.
You can download the explanation of the stages including GPS-tracks via www.nibelungengau.at.
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:
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)
Information about Events:
In and around Leiben several sport activities such as the „Wipfelbeißer Dirtrun“ or the dragon boat race in Weitenegg take place. Since 2006 always in September an international artists symposium Studio at the Danube takes place. For ten days thirty international renowned artists are working in the fields of drawing, graphic arts and sculpture design. All 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.