Donausteig Stage 2_G02 Eferding - Wilhering: „Donau-water ways and living space" - BERGFEX - long-distance walking trail - Tour Upper Austria

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Donausteig Stage 2_G02 Eferding - Wilhering: „Donau-water ways and living space"

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Donausteig Stage 2_G02...

long-distance walking trail

Tour dates
254 - 266m
Brief description

The Donausteig-simply fabulous! This stage will take us from Eferding in the centre of the fertile Eferding basin on the Danube, along the mighty Danube and through its plains to Wilhering an der Donau. We discover one of the oldest cities of in Austria, the Danube as a waterway, the importance of the marine, the giant fish of the Danube River, the ancient settlement of Wilhering...

Starting point

Eferding - The Donausteig-starting point „Eferding“ lies hidden to the west of the stretched parking lot of the Eferdinger public baths.

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This Donausteig-stage starts in Eferding. The historic city in the Centre of the Eferding basin lies several kilometres south of today's route of the Danube. Eferding is the third oldest city in Austria and impresses with its beautiful city centre. The magnificent city square with Castle Starhemberg in its extension depicts its wealth and historic importance. From the Donausteig-starting point at the edge of the town we hike on secondary roads in a long right curve through rural cultural landscape: agriculture field, large farms, wayside crosses,... In the rural settlement of Unterschaden, we turn to the North into the Auwald (forest). On an asphalted Austraße we reach the Aschach (river), and follow it about 1 km downstream in a curve to the right. Then, we cross the Aschach and stand in front of the Danube next to the Donausteig-resting point "Langer Haufen". Powerfully flows the Danube past us here. The next 5 kilometres, we walk on the tarmac Danube river dam downstream. The uniform route offers lots of space to ponder and philosophize. Suddenly the unknown world of the "Danube" waterway pushes into our consciousness and we discover the Danube as a playground for all kinds of adventurers: cyclists, canoeists,... we are not alone! Within sight of the Danube power plant Ottensheim Wilhering, we leave the Danube and follow the Innbach (stream) to the right for the next 3 km on a road through forests. During this stage, we circle the plant Ottensheim Wilhering in a left long arc. The bridge of the power plant entrance in Fall allows us to cross the Innbach and we walk on its other side further downstream. After the Donausteig-resting area "Fischlehrpfad" does the Donausteig turn again into the Auwald (forest), until we reach again the Danube in the settlement of Wilhering/Ufer. A short time later, we are at the Donausteig-starting point "Wilhering" at the ferry terminal of the Rollfähre Ottensheim Wilhering (ferry). A Donausteig-stage with plenty of room for the pondering.


Discover the following features with the Donausteig-diary

-Eferding-at the heart of the empire

-Donausteig-starting point 'Eferding'

-Shrines - narrative characters of the countryside

-Donausteig-resting point "langer Haufen"

-Waterway "Danube"

-The Danube and its "secret" characters

-Danube power plant Ottensheim Wilhering

-Balance-life at water level

- ...


Download: Donausteig-diary "Stage 2_G02 Eferding Wilhering" - yet to follow!


ATTENTION: Those who wants to go to Ottensheim at the end of this stage, use the Rollfähre (ferry) "Ottensheim Wilhering" 

From the Donausteig-starting point "Eferding" we cross the parking lot of the Eferding public baths and follow the road North. After about 800 m, we turn right in Wörth. A small farm road now brings us towards East. At the intersection in the rural settlement of Unterschaden (large farm to the right) we proceed straight a few meters, then turn left into the Auwald (Forest). Now a tarmac road continue in a curve to the right past a wastewater treatment plant and then along the Aschach downstream to a bridge. Cross the bridge and turn left. A few feet further on we are in front of the Danube and the Donausteig-resting point "Lang Haufen". From here, a few kilometres downstream the Donausteig follows the asphalted Danube River Dam. Within sight of the Danube power plant Ottensheim Wilhering, we leave the Danube and walk right onto a narrow road leading backing into the Auwald along the Innbachs (stream). We encircle the power plant in a long left band. At the bridge in Fall (power plant access road), we cross the Innbachs (stream) and turn right and then again left. Briefly through a settlement, we continue along again on the bank of the Innbachs (stream). After the Donausteig-resting point "Fischlehrpfad" the Danube route branches off from the Innbachs (stream) and through lowland forests, until we reach the bank of the Danube at Wilhering/Ufer. A short time later, we are at the Donausteig-starting point "Wilhering"and at the ferry terminal of the Rollfähre (ferry) Ottensheim-Wilhering.


To facilitate the orientation, the Donausteig was provided with its own system of orientation - you will find the description  here  .


ATTENTION: Those who wants to go to Ottensheim at the end of this stage, use the Rollfähre (ferry) "Ottensheim Wilhering"   

Highest point
266 m

Wilhering-The Donausteig-starting point "Wilhering" lies directly at the dock for the Danube ferry Ottensheim-Wilhering


No special requirements apart from basic hiking gear.


A walk through the city center of Eferding opens up interesting sites of the history of Austria's third oldest city!

Additional information

WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Lindengasse 9
4040 Linz, Austria
Tel. +43(0)732/7277-800
Fax. +43(0)732/7277-804

Tourismusverband Eferding
Tel.: +43(0)7272/5555-160 Fax DW -161

Marktgemeindeamt Wilhering
4073 Wilhering
Linzer Str. 14
Tel.: +43(0)7226(2255
Fax: +43(0)7226/3095



The Eferdinger Public baths lies aprox. 250 m south east from the Eferdinger starting point. Depending on the arrival direction there are different ways to reach the Eferdinger starting point.  (Navigation: A‑4070 Eferding, Freibad/Ludlgasse).

Public transportation
Eferding can be reached by train and bus. A transfer back from Wilhering is possible by bus. One should take notice that the train station of Eferding is a bit further away from the starting point! Information on bus timetables online at  .

Free parking space without time limit at the Eferding swimming pool

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