The tour starts at the high market (Hoher Markt) and the „Gozzoburg“ castle in Krems. Passing the Piarist church we come to „Kreuzbergstiege“ (stairs) and futher into the vineyards of Krems, where great views await you many times. Through the old part of Stein you reach the vineyards of Stein whith its ruin. Following the old winepaths you enter wine growing area Wachau via Pfaffenberg (hill). Along the impressive „Ried Loibenberg“ (vineyard) you reach the nature preserves „Höhereck and Kellerberg“. Below the ruin of Dürnstein you enter a fascinating rock and forest landscape. Finally you reach the Kuhberg (cowhill) where you get some nice views again and a couple of minutes later you arrive at Kremser Tor (gate) in Dürnstein.
Abbey Dürnstein is an exceptional example for Austiran Baroque. The blue tower is a landmark of Dürnstein and the Wachau. Info: www.stiftduernstein.at or phone: 0043 2711 227.
Safety informationOn hot and sunny days make sure to always take enough drinking water with you. The stone terraces and the vineyards are located in a very exposed area so the sun is strong and according to that it can get very hot.
In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140
Tips and hintsBest of Wachau: The most famous and recommendable restaurants and accommodations in the Wachau „UNESCO-World-Heritage“ you find here at www.bestof-wachau.at.
You can find more information about restaurants and accommodations at www.welterbesteig.at .
Taverns are in Krems, Stein, Förthof and Dürnstein. Several taverns are also open in winter. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at .
Getting thereHighway A1 until intersection St.Pölten, following S33 to Krems or B3 until Dürnstein.
ParkingAt the car park in the city center of Krems or at the parking lots a littel outside of Dürnstein all with parking fee! Please note the parking system in the zones of Krems and Stein downtown which are just for a certain time and parking fee. More information you find on Krems homepage www.krems.gv.at.
EquipmentHiking 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.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.