Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Dürnstein to Weißenkirchen
From Dürnstein you walk to the most popular ruin of Austria, through a fascinating rock and forest landscape to the „Kanzel“ (pulpit shaped rock), one of the most beautiful lookout points of the Wachau. Through picturesque vinyards the way leads to the wine village Weißenkirchen with its impressing defense church.
Every evening at the time of the astronomic sunset you can listen to a short and fine sound installation which takes place at the ruin of Dürnstein.
Directly at the beginning of the stage, at the „Eselsteig“ donkey track in Dürnstein, Wachau saffron is displayed in a garden. This precious plant is blooming from October till November. www.crocus-austriacus.at
Safety informationIn case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140
Tips and hints
Best of Wachau: The most famous and recommendable restaurants and accommodations in the Wachau „UNESCO-World-Heritage“ you find here at www.bestof-wachau.at.
Fesslhütte, Dürnsteiner Waldhütten (wood cabin with stamp station): summer season: April to October 31st:open Tuesday-Sunday. Winter opening times on request. Phone: 0043(0)2732/41277 or www.fesslhuette.at
Tavern and rest place Pomaßl, Weißenkirchner Schildhütten (cabin and stamp station): www.herbstzauber.at; +43(0)2711/286. Tavern is open in May and end of August until end of September. The rest place (water, soft drinks and wine) is always accessible located in the fridge underneath the stamp station.
You can find more information about restaurants and accommodation at www.welterbesteig.at.
Please note the shortened opening times of restaurants in Weißenkirchen in winter (Nov.-March). www.weissenkirchen-wachau.at
You can find taverns in Dürnstein, (Schildhütten stamp and rest station Pomaßl) and in Weißenkirchen. Several taverns are open during winter time. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.
More accommodations are in Dürnstein, Schildhütten (Weingut Pomassl) and in Weißenkirchen.
Getting thereHighway A1 until intersection St.Pölten, following S33 and B3 via Krems until Dürnstein or Weißenkirchen.
ParkingParking lots with parking fee at Dürnstein or parking along the waterfront or at the trainstation in Weißenkirchen.
EquipmentHiking boots, raincoat, enough to eat and drink, a trail map and maybe a list of open taverns. You can find an equipmentlist onwww.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
- Kit para bolhas
- 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.