Overview for Walking in Wachau Wine Country
Walking in Wachau Wine Country from Krems to Melk, you will take in secluded wine-producing villages with pastel-coloured houses scattered among rolling hills clad with vineyards, wild forests and apricot orchards. This beautifully meandering stretch of the Danube is a hidden gem, full of imposing fortresses, monasteries and abbeys. You will discover an enchanting river valley landscape, lush vineyards and countless cultural sites. The wines of the Wachau Valley will delight and surprise you.
- Idyllic vineyards
- Discover the Danube high up along ridges of mountains
- Culinary highlights
- Fairy-tale wine producing villages
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Day 1: Arrival Krems
Today you arrive in Krems on your own. Krems is easily reachable from Vienna by train.
Day 2: Krems to Dürnstein
You start the day walking up through the vineyards to a tower with a view over the Blue Danube, the city Krems and the magnificent monastery of Göttweig. Than you cross the hills to the cosy Fessl hut and reach the Dürnstein ruins on a scenic trail before reaching the banks of the Danube.
Walking for the day: approx. 4,5 hours, 12 km, ↑510 m ↓500 m
Day 3: Dürnstein – Weißenkirchen
Today you take the ferry from Dürnstein to Rossatz continuing your walk through the largest apricot growing area of Austria, on old tracks up to Seekopf with stunning views to the Alps. Optional walk along the Danube through orchard fields.
Walking for the day: approx. 3,5 to 5 hours, 12 km, ↑490 m ↓500 m
Day 4: Day off in Weißenkirchen
Today you can relax enjoying the historic sites of the region such as the mighty Gothic parish church of Weißenkirchen, surrounded by lush vineyards and green forests. You can also explore the wine growing villages: Joching, Wösendorf and St. Michael forming together with Weißenkirchen the biggest wine grower community of the Wachau region. You can also visit museums, take in beautiful walking trails or take a boat tour on the Danube. Enjoy a glass of Wachauer wine in one of the local taverns.
Day 5: Weißenkirchen – Spitz
Leaving Weißenkirchen via the wine trail, you pass by picturesque wine cellars and ascend to Seiber. Walk through the forest, initially quite steep to Buschandlwand where an observation platform offers stunning panoramic views. An alternative route passes through vineyards to the famous wine grower community Spitz an der Donau.
Walking for the day: approx. 4 to 5 hours, 12 km, ↑520 m ↓510 m
Day 6: Spitz – Melk
Today you cross the Danube by ferry to Maria Langeg from where you follow the St. Jacob’s trail to the Aggsbach ruins. Visit the fortress with scenic views across the Danube valley and stop for a snack. Walk down to Aggsbach where you take the bus to Melk.
Walking for the day: approx. 4,5 to 5,5 hours, 15 km, ↑640 m ↓640 m
Day 7: Melk – Krems
You can visit the impressive monastery with its beautiful grounds before you board the Danube boat taking you on a picturesque trip back to Krems.
Day 8: Departure
Departure or extension upon request.
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Mostly 3-star country hotels and some 4-star hotels. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.
Optional In Style Upgrade:
Krems: Steigenberger Hotel & Spa 4****
Just like in paradise: The Hotel ‚Steigenberger’ spoils its guests with comfort in a totally relaxing atmosphere. High above Krems, surrounded by idyllic vines, you are presented a sterling country style, the highest comfort, an excellent cuisine and an on-site wellness area with pool. The elegant restaurant and the comfortable wine bar offer specialities from the Wachau. www.steigenberger.at
Dürnstein: Gartenhotel Pfeffel 4****
The family run hotel ‚Gartenhotel Pfeffel’ is located between vineyards and has a wonderful view of the Danube. One of the highlights of the hotel is the modern panorama wellness and spa area with pool and sauna. Furthermore, relish an exquisite dinner made of home grown products from the garden and enjoy the wines from the family vineyard estate. www.pfeffel.at
Weißenkirchen: Raffelsberger Hof 4****
The former ‚Schiffsmeisterhaus’ dating back to 1573 was lovingly renovated and equipped with numerous antiques and original handicraft. The Boutique hotel ‚Raffelsberger Hof’ combines the architectonic remnants of the late Renaissance with the high demands of the modern hotel business. You spend the night in elegantly furnished rooms and start the day with a delightful breakfast in the Baroque breakfast room. www.raffelsbergerhof.at
Spitz: Baroque-Landhof Burkhardt 4****
A small country house, in the middle of Spitz on the Danube, one of the most beautiful places in the Wachau region. The hotel, which was a monastic vintage yard in former times and modified during the Baroque era, has been owned by the family for seven generations. You will feel at home in modern, very stylish and comfortable rooms. A sun terrace with fantastic views and a large orchard invite the guests to stay and relax. www.burkhardt.at
Melk: Hotel Post 4****
In the heart of Melk a long-standing family business awaits reflecting the love for the region in local delicacies of an award-winning cuisine, the interior and the hospitality. Enjoy one evening in the historic wine cellar, dwell in the romantic arcade court and recover and relax in one of the comfortable rooms with elegant interior. Your hosts invite you to allow yourself to be pampered and inspired all around. www.post-melk.at
4-course gourmet menu accompanied by carefully chosen wines from the own vineyard estate in the hotel ‚Gartenhotel Pfeffel’.
Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel from the ones pictured above is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.
Breakfast is included each day. There is also an option to book half-board supplement (see the booking/availability menu above for exact pricing) adding a three course meal on each evening.
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There are regular train lines from Vienna to Krems. A boat return transfer to the starting point is included in the price.
Our recommended arrival/departure airport for this holiday is Vienna Airport.
Parking options: free parking spaces at the hotel in Krems or in close vicinity for approx. EUR 20 per week. A reservation is not necessary.
Airport transfers by public transport (train) are recommended for this trip, as they are much cheaper and faster compared to car transfers.
Austria: Country Info
Language: German. In big cities, many people speak English, but in remote areas, this might not be the case. However, most of the hotel personnel where you stay speak English and are ready to help you. Road signs/markers are in Latin alphabet – and you can always call our 24/7 helpline if there are any problems.
Electric supply and plugs: 220V, 50hZ, two-pin round plugs.
Currency: We strongly advise taking sufficient cash for your daily requirements. Banks and ATMs are available, and credit/debit card payments are widely accepted in towns and cities and big petrol station chains but might be limited at some of the villages you visit.
Up-to-date travel advice on Austria is available here.
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Difficulty Grade: Easy to Moderate
During the week you will walk mainly on well maintained trails and some paved vineyard paths. Depending on the route, you can make the stages more leisurely or more challenging. The peaks in the Wachau region are not high, but steep in places so you will have to be careful in some sections. The walk offers a perfect blend of nature, culture and culinary delights. Daily walking times are not more than 5 hours (read more about difficulty grades).
We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.
When to Go
This trip is available every day from late March until mid-October.
What to Bring
We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.
- Good hiking boots
- Hiking socks
- Several t-shirts (preferably breathable/fast drying)
- Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
- Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
- Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
- Hat/Baseball cap
- Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
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- 7 overnight stays in 3 and 4-star hotels, breakfast included
- Luggage transfers on all walking days
- Wine tastings as listed in the itinerary
- Boat cruise from Melk back to Krems on Day 7*
- Detailed route notes
- GPS-data to use via our smartphone app
- 24/7 phone assistance by our local office / representative
* Boat cruise is only possible starting from mid-April, bus ride is available as an alternative.
Options and Extras
- Half-board (7 dinners)
- Single-room supplement
- Extra nights in Krems
- In Style upgrade
Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.
- Airfare and connecting land transfers to/from Krems
- Lunches, dinners, drinks & snacks
- Travel insurance
- Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
- 2x ferry crossings Danube and bus fare from Aggsdorf to Melk
- Tourist taxes and entry fees (payable on site)
- Any items not specifically mentioned in the programme