Wilderness hike (Owl Trail with extension to the Tremel)

Hiking route from Car park Rotschild Ponds, Steinbach Valley to Tremel (ridge)

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Elevation profile

5,47 km length

Tour dates
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Route: 5,47 km
  • Ascent: 604 egm
  • Descent:
  • Duration: 2:00 h
  • Lowest point: 599 m
  • Highest point:1.203 m
  • Nice views
  • Suitable for families and children
  • Botanical highlights
  • Faunistic highlights
  • Insider tip

Details for: Wilderness hike (Owl Trail with extension to the Tremel)

Brief description

The owl experience trail on the edge of the wilderness area - an experience for the whole family. After eight experience stations, there is a partly steep ascent on a hiking trail to the Tremel.


In April 2012, the Owl Experience Trail of the Dürrenstein Wilderness Area was opened. It leads over two and a half kilometres through the Windischbachau and is an experience for the whole family. Remarkable facts about the five owl species found in the wilderness area (eagle owl, hawk owl, tawny owl, rough-legged owl and pygmy owl) are presented at the following stations along the trail:

  • From the egg into the wilderness
  • In the beginning was the egg
  • Where do owls breed?
  • Attention branchlings!
  • Hearing like an owl
  • Hunter of the Night
  • Owl Calls & Wingspans
  • Around the Ural Owl

There is also much to discover away from the stations: among other things, replicas of the five species of owls that occur as well as secrets of their breeding behaviour.  The scenic attractions and the structures of the second Vienna High Spring Water Pipeline also make a visit worthwhile.

After the last station follows the initially and centrally steep ascent up to the mountain ridge to Tremel at around 1,200m above sea level.

Starting point of the tour

Car park Rotschild Ponds, Steinbach Valley

Destination point of the tour

Tremel (ridge)

Route description Wilderness hike (Owl Trail with extension to the Tremel)

The starting point is the car park "Rotschild-Teiche".  Walk through the Eisentorbogen to Steinbach. Go through Steinbach and pass the castle on the left side after about 900m. The trail then continues along the Windischbach stream, past the Dr. Karl Lueger gallery and other structures of the II Vienna High Spring Water Pipeline, slightly ascending to Windischbachau (approx. 3.4km at approx. 646m). Up to here suitable for families, prams and children. Now the initially and centrally steep ascent along a partly narrow hiking trail to the mountain ridge at Tremel at just under 1,200m above sea level.


Coming from Linz: A1 exit Oed - direction Aschbach Markt - continue on the B121 to Waidhofen - in Waidhofen/Ybbs take the B31 direction Göstling/Ybbs

Coming from Vienna: A1 exit Ybbs/Donau - direction Eisenstraße - follow the B25 to Göstling/Ybbs

approx.700m northeast of Göstling an der Ybbs further into the Steinbachgraben (Ybbssteinbach 34) 

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Letzte Aktualisierung: 25.09.2023



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Safety information

ab Beginn des Anstiegs zum Tremel (nach Ende der Erlebnisstationen) Trittsicherheit und Wander-Schuhwerk erforderlich.

Bei Sturm besteht die Gefahr von herabfallenden Ästen und der Weg darf nicht begangen werden.

Author's tip

In summer there is the possibility to participate in owl excursions.

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