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World Heritage Trail, Wachau, Day 12

A sweet smell of lilac and other spring flowers filled the space of the little church in

Hofarnsdorf.  The decoration was done for the Maiandacht, a celebration in honor of

Virgin Mary.  It reminded me of my childhood, when we village children brought the

most beautiful flowers from our gardens in order to make the chapel for the May

devotion as beautiful as possible.

 

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Sunset with blooming apricot trees in Hofarnsdorf

 

 

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Hofarnsdor chapel and flower decoration

Hofarnsdor chapel and flower decoration

 

On a former Roman street, I walked up to the top of a mountain. The grooves of the

wagon wheels were still visible in the hard rock. A stone door in the middle of the

forest was once a protection against Osmanic troops coming to the Wachau valley.

Now it is just a reminder of this dangerous time.

 

 

Green lizard

Green lizard

 

 

 

 Türkentor (turkish door), 16th century

Türkentor (turkish door), 16th century

 

 

 

 

Seekopf (name of lake)

Seekopf (name of lake)

 

 

 

 

 View to Weißenkirchen

View to Weißenkirchen

 

In Rossatz, the village I stayed overnight, I peaked through the doorway to a

courtyard and saw little dwarfs smiling at me.

 

 

Courtyard in Rossatz

Courtyard in Rossatz

 

3 Comments

  1. Hello
    I recently discovered your blog and it’s lovely. I learnt from your blog about Wachau trail and now I am thinking of walking this trail, however I find it difficult to find information about accomodations.
    Is it similar to the Camino that I can walk as much as I can and then find somewhere to sleep for the night, or I need to book them in advance?
    Also, are there reasonable in prices or they are all expensive hotels?
    Thank you very much

    • Hi Hani, the Wachau trail is a great trail to walk, easy to follow, beautiful, very interesting, very nice people you will meet. When I walked it several years ago, I did not meet another person doing the whole trek – but this might be different right now. You will not have difficulties to find accommodation when you do the hike late spring, summer or fall. In winter and early spring it is not recommended – most of the restaurants and hotels are closed. The accommodations are not expensive (if you want to stay in bed and breakfast places). I followed the Rother Wanderführer written in German:
      Rother Wanderführer / Welterbesteig Wachau: mit Jauerling-Runde. 21 Etappen.… You can get it in Amazon.com or Amazon.de There are accommodations listed.
      The best is to contact the Tourist information in the Wachau, they will help you to find accommodations and also will provide you with other informations you need.
      http://www.austria.info/us/austriantime/wachau-world-heritage-trail
      Have a great hike,Traude

      • Thank you very much for the quick response
        The walk looks very pretty and I would love to do it
        I don’t speak German, so I will contact the tourist information to see if they have anything in English

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