Wachau World Heritage Trail 12: Rossatz - Oberbergern

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Elevation profile

11,63 km length

Tour dates

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 11,63 km
  • Ascent: 431 egm
  • Descent: 294 egm
  • Duration: 4:00 h
  • Lowest point: 196 m
  • Highest point:525 m


Details for: Wachau World Heritage Trail 12: Rossatz - Oberbergern

Brief description

The natural Danube and its wetlands, fruit and apricot gardens, the most beautiful view to Dürnstein, the vineyards of Rossatz, secluded Dunkelsteinerwald (dark stone wood) and the view point „Bergerner Höhe“ are part of this tour. From Rossatz you walk via the Pemexel (hill) into picturesque village Oberbergern.


Wachau World Heritage Trail: from Rossatz to Oberbergern

Leaving wine growing village Rossatz the way leads between natural Danube wetland „Pritzenau“ and fruit gardens to a wonderful sandy beach at the Danube. Through the vineyards of Rossatz and the Dunkelsteinerwald you hike up to Pemexel (508m) offering a view to Krems. Via the view point „Bergerner Höhe“ along idyllic field and meadow trails you reach secluded Oberbergern also end of this tour.

Starting point of the tour

Rossatz, church square

Destination point of the tour

Oberbergern, chapel

Route description

Crossing church square in Rossatz, passing the town hall and at the bottom you follow the way down to the right until the fruit gardens. You walk past the tennis court and straight ahead at the next crossing, cross the Danube cycle path and soon after you reach the wetland of Rossatz where you walk on the right. Along the edge of the wetland and the fruit gardens you walk until you reach the nice sandy beach and the bike ferry. At this point you have a great view to the opposite side seeing Dürnstein. Now walking past the campsite you reach Rossatzbach. At the fountain at the other end of the road you walk right up to the main road B33. You follow the road for a couple of meters to the right and at the first diversion you take the left.  Now the way leads through the vineyards of Rossatz. Walking through the vineyards named Frauenweingärten, Mugler and Goldberg you pass the ruined „Biritor“ (gate). Here at Seegraben (valley) the rise up to Pemexel located in the Dunkelsteinerwald begins. After a first big bend you walk past „Toten Berg“ (hill) and after a last rise you reach the high Pemexel (508m). From the forested top you have a great view to Krems and Stein. After the Pemexel you reach a wide forest path. You turn left and after about 20 minutes you reach the red cross, where you turn left again. After about half an hour you cross main street, have a short walk on the asphalt, and then left into the woods reaching Bergerner Höhe with wonderful view moments. As soon as reaching Oberbergerner Kreuzung (crossing) you turn right. Only 10 minutes later you are in Oberbergern at the chapel.


Highway A1 until exit Melk, following B33 to Rossatz or from Mautern via the country road to Oberbergern.


in Rossatz at the public parking lots arround church square or at the center of Oberbergern.

The places are not directly connected by public transportation. We recommend a taxi service to get back to the beginning of your tour. Taxi companies are: Taxi Bernd Kutschera in Mautern, Tel.: 0043(0)2732/73277 or 0043(0)664/75044418 or Taxi Pattermann MTS in Krems Tel.: 0043(0)2732/81246.

It is possible to go to Rossatz with buses (WL 2) departing at the trainstations in Melk or Krems. The buses are operating every two hours, seven days a week. You can reach Oberbergern on Weekends and public holidays with the shuttle service Göttweig (WL 4, Krems-Mautern-Oberbergern-Göttweig). It has to be called one hour prior of departure. Phone: 0043 810 810 278 to make reservation and more infoat www.vor.at.

A station for the bike rent system „nextbike“ (1€ per hour) is located in Rossatz at the campsite. www.nextbike.at.

Bike ferry Rossatz to Dürnstein: the ferry operates from April 1st to October 10th, daily from 9.30a.m. to 6p.m. In June, July and August on weekends from 9a.m. to 6:30p.m. In April and from October 1st to 10th only Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10a.m. to 5p.m.

More info/links

Further opportunities for restaurants, taverns and cafes and opening hours:

The stamp station is located at restaurant „Zum goldenen Hirschen“ in Oberbergern, turn right at the chapel and after about 150m you reach the restaurant. Its open year round, on Monday open only until 2p.m. and closed on Tuesday (Phone: 0043(02714/7201).

In Rührsdorf house number 17 restaurant „Winzerstüberl“ run by family Essl is open from March till December from Wednesday to Friday. www.winzerstueberl.at , 0043(0)2714/6384

Restaurant/Hotel Rossatz 8 open from Thursday to Sunday from 11:30a.m to 2p.m. (Monday & Tuesday closed, the hotel bar is open on Wednesday) in the evening the restaurant is only open with reservation. www.rossatz8.at , 0043(0)2714/58337 or 0043(0)720/3166440

Poldis cafe (at church square in Rossatz) open year round (only closed on Wednesday) 0043(0)676/6407220.

More opportunities for accommodation are in Rossatz, Rossatzbach and Oberbergern.

Wine taverns are located in Rossatz and Rossatzbach. Several taverns are open during winter time. In Oberbergern there is only one tavern: „Schnadahüpfl“ family Schmidt (Phone: 0043(0)676/6218896) only open in July. Please see the current calendar for opening hours (Heurigenkalender) at www.welterbesteig.at.

Zur einfachen und bequemen Planung der Touren empfiehlt sich die Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal App. Einfach für Android oder iPhone herunterladen.

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


Hiking boots, raincoat, enough to eat and drink, a trail map and maybe a list of open taverns. You can find an equipmentlist on www.welterbsteig.at section service/tips.

Safety information

In case of an emergency call the mountain rescue Wachau: 140

Author's tip

According to the habitats Danube and dry grasslands there is an extremelysuccessful conservation brochure: “"Natura Trail Rossatz/Wachau", www.nfi.at   (section Natura Trails). The information folder is a good addition to the hiking tour.