Druid's Path - Ysperklamm, No. 31

Hiking route from Ysperklamm, Forellenhof Inn

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Elevation profile

8,76 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 8,76 km
  • Ascent: 495 egm
  • Descent: 495 egm
  • Duration: 4:00 h
  • Lowest point: 526 m
  • Highest point:971 m
  • Round tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Geological highlights
  • Insider tip

Details for: Druid's Path - Ysperklamm, No. 31

Brief description

Weinsberg granite, the Ysper descending in a gorge, mysterious Druid sites, but also a magnificent view of the Yspertal give this certified hiking trail no. 31 the „Österreichischen Wandergütesiegel“ rating „besonders wertvoll“.


The Druidenweg to the Ysperklamm is closed from 10.01.2023 until presumably 10.02.2023 due to sludge works!


According to legend druids once held priestly meetings here, a mystical power is still felt today. The 9 kilometre long Druid Trail leads along Celtic paths and past mysterious power spots that invite you to recharge your batteries. The last section of the trail has many surprises in store: The path leads through a natural forest in its original form – a true rarity at this time – up to the viewpoint Kaltenbergkreuz. From there, the southern Waldviertel is literally at your fingertips. Opposite, the Peilstein shows its most beautiful side. You should take a good four hours to enjoy all the beauty of nature that awaits hikers on this circular trail. We especially recommend this hike to families with children who like to go on a journey of discovery.

Starting point of the tour

Ysperklamm, Forellenhof Inn

Destination point of the tour

Ysperklamm, Forellenhof Inn

Route description Druid's Path - Ysperklamm, No. 31

The hike begins with the wild and romantic Ysperklamm gorge. Over a length of two kilometres, the Great Ysper River climbs 300 metres. At the top is the former „Ödteich“, today a spruce forest. Continue flat and half-right until you reach the so-called Kaiserreith (spring). After a small climb, you reach the first cult site, the stone formation „Phallus with Vulva“ with a cup stone. Continue to the „Sitting Dog“ (short stub to the right), then the „Standing Bowl“, the „Äußere Stone Circle“ and the „Inner Stone Circle“ (Druid meeting place). The path continues to the „Great Bowl“ and to the „Dwelling House“. Next station „Sphinx“, continue onto the „Böndel“. Here 13 shell stones are arranged in a circle. On the other side of the mountain a little way downhill, then turn right through the high forest along the path to the „Kaltenbergkreuz“ (walking time approx. 10 minutes). Magnificent vantage point directly above Pisching. Take the path back and descend to Siebendürfting. From the foot of the Kaltenberg on the country road back to the starting point.


Vienna - A1 to exit Ybbs/Wieselburg - B25 Erlauftal Bundesstraße to Persenbeug - here take the B3 to Yspersdorf - drive on the L7275 to Klaus
Linz - take the B3 in the direction of Perg/Mauthausen/Steyregg to Yspersdorf - drive on the L7275 to Klaus


Free parking at the Ysperklamm.

More info/links

Gasthaus-Forellenhof, Fam. Hasreiter at the entrance to the Ysperklamm
3683 Yspertal, Klaus 74
(T) +43 7415 7349
(E) forellenhof-ysperklamm@aon.at
(I) www.forellenhof-ysperklamm.at

TVB Ysper-Weitental
3683 Yspertal, Hauptstraße 9
(T) +43 7415 6767 25
(E) info.yw@waldviertel.at
(I) www.waldviertel.at

Waldviertel Tourismus
3910 Zwettl, Sparkassenplatz 1/2/2
(T) +43 2822 54109
(E) info@waldviertel.at
(I) www.waldviertel.at/wandern


Sturdy shoes, functional clothing, sun and rain protection, maps, telescopic poles if necessary, first aid kit (blister plasters), sufficient food (snack, müsli bar, fruit, water)

Safety information

When choosing your route, make sure it suits your physical condition. Check whether the restaurants you want to visit on the way are open. Pack your mobile phone and maps in your backpack.

Map recommendations

Hiking guides for the hiking region of the southern Waldviertel are available from Waldviertel Tourismus or in the Waldviertel Online Shop.

Author's tip

The Ysperklamm is THE nature experience in the southern Waldviertel.  You can refresh yourself wonderfully at the small shallow water zones along the path.

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