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.



Sunset with blooming apricot trees in Hofarnsdorf






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


Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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  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 or 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.
      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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