Through the imposing side valley of the Wachau called Spitzer Graben the panoramic way leads from Spitz to Mühldorf. Starting at the Wachau area and ending the stage at the southern part of the wood quarter of Lawer Austria. The steepest and highest stone terraces, old oak and beech woods, wine villages, romantic castle „Oberranna“ and unique impressions and fantastic views into the Spitzer Graben, towards the Danube and the Jauerling await you on this stage.
Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Spitz to Mühldorf (Spitzer Graben)
Starting at wine village Spitz in the heart of the Wachau the way leads along vineyards and hills with great views like „Tausendeimerberg“ (thousand buckets of wine harvestet on this vineyard) and Setzberg (also a famous vineyard) into the imposing stone terraces and wine growing landscape of Spitzer Graben. You are walking through wonderful vineyards, oak and beech woods and pass three rest huts operated by the association „Marivino“ and finally reach Muthstall (valley). Via Niederranna you get to romantic castle Oberranna and there you follow the creek „Rannabach“ downwards to Kalvarienberg (Calvary). Always along the creek „Ötzbach“ the way leads gently down to Unterranna and moving along to destination Mühldorf.
At the nature park „BIOthek“ close to the „Tausendeimerberg“ in Spitz regional products from organic farming are available. Info: www.naturpark-jauerling.at ; Phone: 0043(0)2713/72935.
At the rest station of winery Helmut Donabaum you find a fridge filled with wines and juices and also a bench to rest accessible from May 1st till October 31st: www.weingaertnerei.at
Wine and hiking experience „Zornberghütte“: Every Sunday from May 1st till October 31st this restplace with its great views is catered by one of the members of association „Marivino“ offering regional products (wines, juices and fresh water). More information: www.marivino.at
The rest huts along the way are not serviced and there is no opportunity to refill your water bottles. Only the „Zornberghütte“ (rest hut) is open every Sunday from May 1st to October 31st, where wine growers from the association „Marivino“ sell regional products (wine, juice and water), more information: www.spitz-wachau.com
In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140
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.
For restaurants and accommodation we recommend „Best of Wachau“ businesses: www.bestof-wachau.at. You find „Best of Wachau“ members in Spitz and Mühldorf.
Further opportunities for restaurants, taverns and cafes and opening hours:
Several restaurants and cafes are located in Spitz and Mühldorf. In Mühldorf both restaurants (Gasthaus Siebenhandl, www.7handl.at; 0043(0)2713/8257, und Gasthaus Busch/Niederranna, 0043(0)2713/8201) are closed. Exception: In July,August and September Gasthaus Siebenhandl opens also on Mondays.
Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in Spitz in winter: www.spitz-wachau.at
Taverns are in Spitz and Laaben (stamp station family Donabaum). Several taverns in Spitz are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.
Highway A1 until exit Melk, following B3 to Spitz or via B3 and B217 to Mühldorf.
At the trainstation or at the castle in Spitz or in the center of Mühldorf.