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Nibelungengau long distance trail 3: Marbach - Maria Taferl

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  • Blick Richtung Marbach an der Donau - im Hintergrund Maria Taferl
    / Blick Richtung Marbach an der Donau - im Hintergrund Maria Taferl
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Steinbachklamm zwischen Marbach und Maria Taferl
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Steinbachklamm zwischen Marbach und Maria Taferl
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Basilika in Maria Taferl
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
  • / Ausblick von Klostergarten in Maria Taferl auf Donau und Nibelungengau
    Photo: Donau Niederösterreich / Klaus Engelmayer
m 700 600 500 400 300 200 100 8 6 4 2 km Basilika Maria Taferl Schatzkammer der Basilika Marbach/Donau
Enjoy the silence of the untouched nature of Steinbachklamm (gorge). Up in Maria Taferl great views of the Danube valley and the Nibelungengau await you.
moderate
Distance 9 km
2:53 h
485 m
255 m
550 m
216 m

The tour starts at the panorama panel at the landing-stage in Marbach. The way leads past the „Winklermühle“ (mill), up through the untouched nature of „Steinbachklamm“ (stone creek gorge). From Hilmanger the way leads down offering a wonderful view into the Danube valley. Through small villages and wooded area the last part of the way is steep and leads you up to Maria Taferl.

The Nibelungengau long distance trail is split up into 8 stages and can be passed through in both directions. Signs along the way will help you to find the right direction.

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Wachau Nibelungengau-Kremstal
Update: May 17, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
550 m
Lowest point
216 m
Best time of year
Jan
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Rest Stop

Marbach/Donau
Gasthof Gressl Willibald
Café Schüller und Genusswerkstatt
Café Maria Theresia

Safety information

Please pay attention to following tips and hints, in order to enjoy your hiking trip.
-          Stay on the marked trails.
-          Wear hiking boots for your safety.
-          Use walking sticks to find balance.
-          It is always good to have a rainjacket with you.
-          Don't forget your trail map.
-          Make sure to have enough drinking water.
-          Don't litter!
-          No open fire!
-          Please respect the sensitive habitats of flora and fauna.
We also like to point out, that it is forbidden to ride a horse or a mountain bike along wood trails or private forest roads.

Tips and hints

Tips and hints for excursions along the way:
Steinbachklamm (gorge between Marbach and Maria Taferl), basilica in Maria Taferl

Restaurants and Cafes along the way are in:
Marbach, Hilmanger and Maria Taferl

More sights in the area Nibelungengau:
Power station Ybbs-Persenbeug, peace museum in Erlauf, museum of Oskar Kokoschka in Pöchlarn, castle in Leiben, castle in Artstetten

Start

Marbach, landing-stage (215 m)
Coordinates:
DD
48.214099, 15.152345
DMS
48°12'50.8"N 15°09'08.4"E
UTM
33U 511317 5340108
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Destination

Maria Taferl, village entrance

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the panorama panel at the landing-stage in Marbach. The way leads past the „Winklermühle“ (mill), up through the untouched nature of „Steinbachklamm“ (stone creek gorge). Enjoy the peace and quiet moments and use some time to relax. After the gorge, you have the opportunity for a short rest in the nature or a little further at restaurant Gressl in Hilmanger. Now the way leads down offering great views of the Danube valley. You are crossing small villages and wooded area before the last part of the way leads steep up to Maria Taferl. The way leads past the impressive basilica before the tour ends in front of the panorama panel at the village entrance. High above the Danube valley the village of Maria Taferl offers a unique panoramic view overlooking the entire Alps from „Schneeberg“ to „Traunstein“. Maria Taferl also is the most important place of pilgrimage in Lawer Austria.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

With the Austrian Federal Railway (ÖBB) you travel to trainstation Pöchlarn (timetable). From the trainstation you can take a bus (Postbus) to Marbach. Further information about bus schedules here.

We recommend to use a car, because public transportation does not offer direct connections.

Getting there

Highway A1 until exit Pöchlarn, then take the first exit at the roundabout, and after about 1 kilometer turn left following direction „Donaubrücke“ (Danube bridge). Cross the bridge, stay left and follow road B3 to Marbach.

Approaching from Grein or Krems, country road B3 leads you directly to Marbach.

Parking

At the landing-stage in Marbach or at the center of Maria Taferl (also at the basilica).

Coordinates

DD
48.214099, 15.152345
DMS
48°12'50.8"N 15°09'08.4"E
UTM
33U 511317 5340108
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

For great memories of your hiking experience and to enjoy the surrounding nature, please consider to take some general gear which is listed here: Equipment list

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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • 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
  • Sleepwear
  • 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.
Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9 km
Duration
2:53 h
Ascent
485 m
Descent
255 m
Highest point
550 m
Lowest point
216 m
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