Welterbesteig Wachau: Von Weißenkirchen nach Spitz
Diese Etappe führt uns durch eine einzigartige Weinlandschaft. Hoch über der Donau erwartet uns die größte geschlossene Weinbaufläche der Wachau samt namhaften Weinrieden (Kollmitz, Kollmütz, Hochrain) mit herrlichen Fernblicken. Oberhalb von St. Michael führt unser Weg durch eine romantische Trockenrasen, Wald- und wunderliche Felsenlandschaft mit einmaligen Ausblicken. Durch das Rote Tor betreten wir den Winzerort Spitz. In den historischen Weinhauerorten Spitz und Weißenkirchen laden dutzende Heurigen- und Gastronomiebetriebe zur Rast ein.
Weißenkirchen, Marktplatz (market square)
Spitz, Kirchenplatz (church square)
Highway A1 until intersection St.Pölten, following S33 and B3 via Krems to Weißenkirchen or Spitz.
Parking along the waterfront or at the trainstation Weißenkirchen or at the trainstation or at the castle in 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.
The villages can be reached 7 days a week by public transportation (bus or train). Its possible to get back tot he start of the tour.
On the north shore (Bus WL 1 from trainstation Krems via Dürnstein-Weißenkirchen-Spitz-Aggsbach Markt-Emmersdorf-Melk trainstation) hourly buses depart 7 days a week. On the south shore (Bus WL 2: from trainstation Krems via Mautern-Rossatz-Arnsdörfer-Aggsbach Dorf-Schönbühel-Melk trainstation) buses are departing every two hours. Spitzer Graben (WL 5 connection between Spitz and Mühldorf) operates from Spitz departing every two hours. Info at: www.vor.at.
At the nature park Jauerling bus (WL 7, www.naturpark-jauerling.at) and to Göttweiger Berg (hill) buses (WL 4) operate on weekends and public holidays as shuttle bus service with fixed tours and have to be called one hour prior of departure. Phone: 0043 810 810 278 to make reservation and more info at www.vor.at.
Wachautrain operates on weekends and public holidays (3 times a day). More information: www.noevog.at
Stations for the bike rent system „nextbike“ (1€ per hour) are located in Weißenkirchen and Spitz. More information: www.nextbike.at
Timetable ferry Weißenkirchen to St.Lorenz: March 28th to November 1st: Monday to Friday 9a.m.-12a.m. and 1:30p.m.-6:30p.m. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9:00a.m.-6.30p.m. The ferry is not operating during winter time.
Timetable ferry Spitz to Arnsdorf: March 16th to March 31st: Mo-Fr 6a.m.-6:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-6:30p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-6:30p.m. April: Mo.-Fr. 6a.m.-7:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday and public holiday 8a.m.-7:30p.m. May 1st until Sept. 30th: Mo.-Fr. 6.a.m.-8:30p.m., Sat. 7a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-8:30 p.m. October: Mo.-Fr. 6.a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 7.a.m.-6:30p.m., Sunday and public holidays 8a.m.-6:30p.m. November 16th –March 15th: Mo.-Fr. 6a.m.-11:15a.m. and 3:45p.m.-6p.m. The ferry is not operating on weekends during winter time.
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.
There are no restaurants along the way and also no water source.
In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140
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.