Nibelungengau long distance trail 4: Maria Taferl - Leiben

Trekking trail from Maria Taferl, village entrance to Leiben, castle

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Elevation profile

14,05 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 14,05 km
  • Ascent: 293 egm
  • Descent: 467 egm
  • Duration: 4:35 h
  • Lowest point: 252 m
  • Highest point:445 m
Features
  • Stage tour
  • Nice views
  • With refreshment stops
  • Cultural/historical value
  • Insider tip

Details for: Nibelungengau long distance trail 4: Maria Taferl - Leiben

Brief description

Enjoy the wonderful views around Danube valley in Maria Taferl or visit the basilica or castle Artstetten with its unique onion domes.

Description

The tour starts at the panaorama panel at the village entrance of Maria Taferl and leads along the golf course, until the way branches off to direction Artstetten. From there the way leads along the „Jakobsweg“ (Way of St. James) to the panorama panel in Artstetten in front of the town hall. A diverse and varied route leads you from Artstetten to Leiben. The tour ends in front of the panorama panel at Leiben castle.

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.

Starting point of the tour

Maria Taferl, village entrance

Destination point of the tour

Leiben, castle

Route description Nibelungengau long distance trail 4: Maria Taferl - Leiben

Almost in the middle of the route from Linz to Vienna, the most important place of pilgrimage of Lawer Austria lies on a hill with a height of 443 meters. High above the Danube valley, Maria Taferl offers a unique view of the surrounding area including the Alps, Schneeberg (snow mountain) and Traunstein (mountain). The tour starts at the panorama panel at the village entrance and leads past the golf course, until the way branches off to direction Artstetten. From there the way leads along the „Jakobsweg“ (Way of St. James) to the panorama panel in Artstetten in front of the town hall. The white castle with its seven characteristic onion domes thrones in the background. Here once lived heir to the throne archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie duchess of Hohenberg. With a lot of variety the way now leads from Artstetten to Leiben. The stage ends at the panorama panel at Leiben castle. The approximately 800-year-old castle thrones on a massive and steep rock and marks the transition from the southern part of the rough woodquarter into picturesque Danube valley in a very impressive way.

Directions

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 an follow road B3 to Marbach. In the village center of Marbach you turn right to drive up to Maria Taferl.

Approaching from Grein or Krems, country road B3 leads you directly to Marbach. In the village center of Marbach you turn left approaching form Grein or right approaching from Krems to drive up to Maria Taferl.

Parking

At the center of Maria Taferl (also at the basilica) or at the castle in Leiben.

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

More info/links

Tips and hints for excursions along the way:
basilica in Maria Taferl, mechanical crib Maria Taferl, castle in Artstetten, castle in Leiben

Restaurants and Cafes along the way are in:
Maria Taferl, Artstetten and Leiben

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

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

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.

Author's tip

For easy and convenient organization of the tours its good to have the Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal application. Just download for Android or iPhone.