Danube self guided walking holiday in Austria

“A week of relaxed walking along the Danube in Austria averaging between 8 - 10 miles on four days in between rest days in Weissenkirchen and Melk.”


Krems | Dürnstein | St Lorenz | Weissenkirchen | Wachau vineyards | Joching | Spitz | Santiago de Compostela in Galicia | Melk | Krems |

Description of Danube self guided walking holiday in Austria

This eight day self guided walking holiday in Austria follows the legendary Danube as it flows through the Wachau region where the curves and sweeps of the meandering river are at their most picturesque. The weather and the landscapes of Wachau have made this area famed for its fruit orchards and vineyards which always rings well with anyone embarking on a walking holiday in Austria.

Across the valley setting you'll discover a blend of heritage-laden towns, such as Durnstein and Krems, which are criss-crossed with narrow alleyways and impressive medieval architecture.

Smaller villages and hamlets make walking in Austria an absolute pleasure with some wonderful home cooked specialities and world-famous wines adding to the enjoyment of exploring in Wachau's UNESCO listed cultural landscapes.

Throughout this walking holiday in Austria you'll experience a good range of paths and quiet roads with chances to ascend above the tree line to achieve some simply stunning views over the Danube and surrounding vineyards and fruit orchards.

Although not all trails are well-posted your self guided walking notes are second to none and give clear instructions as to where to go as well as providing enough time to make the most of the picturesque towns and villages from where you'll be invited to stay in hand-picked accommodation.

Local ferry and bus services are also included within the price of this week-long walking holiday in Austria with a river cruise back along the Danube providing a wonderful finale and a chance to reflect on what you've experienced over the course of your holiday.

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor made throughout April to October

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We advise all of our clients to stay to the marked paths. This is to maintain the environment as they pass so that it remains pristine for walkers using the pathways in the future. We also advise that they take all of their rubbish with them until the end of the day and recycle or dispose of it as is appropriate.

As much as is possible on this trek we have tried to ensure that the walking is done from hotel to hotel each day, meaning that there is no need to be transported from or to a hotel each day and reduces the need for transportation journeys and their effect on the environment.

To get between the airport and the walking area we give information about the public transport route necessary to make the journey, booking tickets in advance where possible. This reduces the environmental impact compared to what would be a long transfer in a private car.

The Impacts of this Trip

All of the hotels which we use on this trek are small and family run. This enables the establishments to continue into the future so that more people are able to enjoy this section of the Danube in Austria. We also arrange for our clients to eat either at the hotels or at small local restaurants, again keeping the income in the small towns and villages where they stay overnight.

We have included an additional walk in Dürnstein where clients can engage with the history of the town and it’s castle and are able to gain more information about the area they are walking through.

We provide all of our clients with a list of phrases in German which they can use on their holiday. This can not just help in situations where they meet non-English speakers but can be a pleasant way to break the ice when arriving at a hotel or restaurant.


1 Reviews of Danube self guided walking holiday in Austria

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 30 May 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

A really good set of walks, not by any means easy on some days, but never over-taxing.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

The route guide you collect at the first hotel is better than the one sent in advance. Nearly every night we stayed in a different hotel from where we had dinner and you need to realsie this at the start.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

We stayed and dined locally and brought a lot more into the local area that the Danube cruise ships!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


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