There is hardly any region around that is full of variety as in the Danube region, a concentration of 42 communities along the blue river from Passau to St. Nikola. Numerous landscapes, which could not be more different from each other, offer breath-taking insight and views into a legendarily beautiful piece of land.
The Danube in Upper Austria is the crown jewel of an international, pan-European historical correlation in which intact natural area located between historically significant cities can be combined with cultural highlights. By means of perfectly organised exercise programmes, you can enjoy your holiday and feel at home nevertheless.
Why is the fascination of the Danube region so great amongst guests from the whole world but also the inhabitants? Where does the magical attraction of the large stretch of water that connects Europe come from? Is it the large variety of landscapes? Towering, forest covered steep banks alternate between fertile planes, rich green water-meadow landscapes and wine-growing areas rich in tradition. Are the cities so different with regard their character? The historical bishop city of Passau contrasts with the modern cultural city of Linz and the formal imperial residence Vienna. Or is it the numerous cultural monuments that are attractive? Magnificent baroque monasteries and castles characterise the Danube region just as much as the fortresses and ruins from the Middle Ages and the picturesque places that are rich in history. It is probably the unique mixture of these natural and cultural conditions that cause the Danube to be so exciting.
Special highlights include the Danube Cycle Path and the Donausteig trail that connects the Passau Land region and the Danube region. Along its 330 kilometres, the Danube Cycle Path of the City of Three Rivers, Passau, leads to Vienna for the most part along both banks and offers cyclists pure variety, namely a different highlight every day. A unique spectacle of nature along the route is the “Schlögen bend”. The Danube is compelled into two spectacular changes of direction by the prehistoric rock of the Bohemian mass. Here, it is worth parking your bicycle for a moment and hiking up to the “Schlögen viewpoint” in order to marvel at this immense wonder of nature in all of its splendour.
The Donausteig leads along both river banks from Passau to Grein for 450 km right though the variety of the natural and cultural landscapes. Through the incorporation of rail, bus and ship, the trip is made easier for hikers on excursion to reach their destination and back again. The Donausteig is also part of the cooperation Best Trails of Austria that unifies Austria’s 4 best long-distance hiking trails. Further hiking routes of this cooperation are the Lechweg, Welterbesteig Wachau and alpannonia ®. More information can be found at www.best-trails.at.
The Donausteig hiking map can be ordered at the following link:
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