The section of the Austrian Way of St James between Melk and Persenbeug is not only a popular pilgrimage route but also an insider tip for pleasure hikers.

Statistics

6 - 7

hrs

538

m

525

m

9

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

This section between Melk and Persenbeug offers not only a beautiful landscape but also a variety of magnificent buildings: Melk Abbey, Leiben European Castle, Artstetten Castle and the Maria Taferl Basilica.

Enjoy the wonderful atmosphere directly on the Danube and wonderful views of the Danube valley. The 31 kilometre route can be completed in one to two days without any steep inclines - depending on speed and ambition. Starting in Melk, this section runs over the Danube bridge Emmersdorf, follows the Treppelweg to Urfahr and then branches up to Leiben.

As an alternative and small cutter one crosses the bridge at the Danube power station in Melk.

From there you return to the original path to Urfahr und Leiben and along the classical pilgrim path to Artstetten and Maria Taferl.

We continue to Marbach and along the cycle path via Gottsdorf to Persenbeug.