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Danube Cycle Path Stage 4 North Bank: Grein - Emmersdorf

Top Bicycle Trails · Donau-Oberösterreich
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  • Donauradweg Grein - im Hintergrund Schloss Greinburg
    / Donauradweg Grein - im Hintergrund Schloss Greinburg
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  • / Donauradweg Grein - Schloss Greinburg
    Photo: WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Erber
  • / Donauradweg Grein - Schloss Greinburg
    Photo: WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH/Erber
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Where side trips promise views
moderate
44.6 km
3:30 h
356 m
376 m
Before you set off you should take a stroll through – maybe even a guided tour of – charming Grein, walking across the picturesque old main square to the historic city theater, to the Upper Austrian Navigation Museum or to Greinburg Castle. A visit to the nearby “Stillensteinklamm”, a ravine with impressive rock formations, would be another option.

Soon you will pass the densely wooded slopes of the Strudengau, a section of the Danube Valley whose name comes from the swirls in the river (“Struden”), which used to pose a problem for mariners.

Near St. Nikola the Werfenstein ruins rise over the Danube. Chains were thrown from here to Wörth Island to stop ships from going through in the past. Following romantic Donauleiten and after passing Sarmingstein and Hirschenau, you reach Persenbeug, home to what is probably one of the most famous Austrian Danube power stations. It is open for guided tours (advance reservations required).

Two more side trips will lure you away from the Danube. Near Marbach you can, if your bike and you are ready for some uphill riding, visit the pilgrimage church Maria Taferl. At this beautiful Baroque basilica you can enjoy the breathtaking view of the Danube Valley. Near Klein-Pöchlarn you can take a trip to nearby Artstetten. In the castle you can see a documentation of Archduke Franz Ferdinand’s life. The successor to the throne, who was killed in 1914 in Sarajevo, and his wife are buried in the crypt that is also located there. At the final destination of this stage, Emmersdorf, the Danube bridge allows a visit to the sights in Melk on the other side of the river.

 

We recommend: In Grein you take the ferry (or shortly before Grein the bridge) to the south bank and continue there on the Danube cycle path. At the Danube power plant Ybbs-Persenbeug you will be able to reach the northern shore again. The Danube-shore trail takes you from Grein to Sarmingstein.

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Updated: July 20, 2020

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
250 m
Lowest point
208 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Cafe Konditorei Schörgi
Jausenstation Gießenbachmühle
Gasthof Zur Traube

Start

Grein (230 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.227043, 14.856081
DMS
48°13'37.4"N 14°51'21.9"E
UTM
33U 489311 5341545
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Destination

Emmersdorf

Turn-by-turn directions

Grein - St. Nikola - Weins - Persenbeug-Gottsdorf - Marbach - Klein-Pöchlarn - Emmersdorf

 

Route description

You start your tour in Grein and follow the B3, which runs along the Danube. The thickly wooded slopes to the left and right of the river are a remarkable sight. Even from a distance you can see Werfenstein Castle in St. Nikola, whose history dates back to the 12th c. After Sarmingstein (landing stage) and Hirschenau you reach the border between the two Austrian provinces Upper and Lower Austria. After Kalkgrub and Weins, you pass the impressive Danube power plant Ybbs-Persenbeug. This is the transition point between two stretches of the Danube: the Strudengau and the Nibelungengau.

 

Throughout the course of your following route, you have a beautiful view of the pilgrimage church Maria Taferl. In Persenbeug Gottsdorf you leave the B3 and follow the course of the Danube only to reach the main road again, which you take to Emmersdorf. You pass through small towns like Marbach an der Donau and Klein-Pöchlarn, which are inviting places to stop for a small snack. Artstetten Castle above Klein-Pöchlarn is worth a visit. From Emmersdorf, you make a side trip to Melk on the other side of the river. There you can visit the splendid 18th c Benedictine abbey, which you've already seen from the bike path. The monastery is open to visitors year-round.

 

We recommend: In Grein you take the ferry (or shortly before Grein the bridge) to the south bank and continue there on the Danube cycle path. At the Danube power plant Ybbs-Persenbeug you will be able to reach the northern shore again. The Danube-shore trail takes you from Grein to Sarmingstein.

 

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Bus station at the Grein boat station

Getting there

Follow the B3 (Donaustrasse) to Grein

Parking

Parking lot at the campgrounds in Grein

Coordinates

DD
48.227043, 14.856081
DMS
48°13'37.4"N 14°51'21.9"E
UTM
33U 489311 5341545
w3w 
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
44.6 km
Duration
3:30h
Ascent
356 m
Descent
376 m
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