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Weitwanderweg Nibelungengau 6: Leiben - Pöchlarn
Weitwandertouren In the region Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal

Etappentour Krásne výhľady Einkehrmöglichkeit Dunaj Dolné Rakúsko Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal Etappen in Niederösterreich Nibelungengau
  • Klein-Pöchlarn - schwimmende Plattform in der Donau © Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • Klein Pöchlarn © Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • Nibelungengdenkmal Pöchlarn © Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • Europaschloss Leiben © Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer

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.

Die Etappe startet beim Europaschloss Leiben und führt leicht ansteigend durch Weinzierl, bergab über den Kaumberg und durch die Ortschaft Ebersdorf. Am Waldrand entlang führt das letze Stück auf Asphalt bergab nach Klein Pöchlarn. Ab dort geht der Weg anfangs stromabwärts die Donau entlang, anschließend über die Donaubrücke und dann stromaufwärts bis zum Nibelungendenkmal in Pöchlarn.


↑ 237m
↓ 295m
229 min
Najnižší bod
209 m
Najvyšší bod
330 m
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Wachau Nibelungengau-Kremstal


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počiatočný bod výletu

Leiben, castle

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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.

Öffentliche Erreichbarkeit

With the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) you travel to trainstation Melk (timetable). From the trainstation you can take a bus (Postbus) to Leiben (timetable).


Bezpečnostné opatrenia

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.

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

You can download the explanation of the stages including GPS-tracks via

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 Leibenmirror sculpture Klein-Pöchlarnfloating platform named „Erika“ in the Danube in Klein-Pöchlarn, museum of Oskar Kokoschka in Pöchlarnnibelung 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 Erlaufcastle in Artstetten and basilica in Maria Taferl

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.

Equipment list