Waldviertel

Forests, raised bogs, loose rocks and river valleys

In the north of Austria the landscape is characterised by wide fields, raised bogs, forests, loose stones, rivers and ponds. Nature presents itself quietly and impressively. Where there are so many forests and water, the temperatures are usually pleasantly refreshing even in midsummer. Ideal for sports activities.

The "Iron Curtain Trail" runs through particularly beautiful areas in almost untouched nature directly on the border to the Czech Republic, in sections in the National Park Thayatal.Villages, towns and buildings from several centuries tell of the eventful history of the border region. For example, Gmünd/České Velenice is located at the stages in the Waldviertel. At the time of the Iron Curtain, the border ran right through the city. The houses from the 16th century with sgraffito facades are impressive on the main square of Gmünd. If you want to learn more about loose stones and see some mighty specimens, make a detour to the Blockheide Nature Park near Gmünd.

Surrounded by ponds lies Litschau, Austria's northernmost city. After a detour to the Czech Republic, the next destination is the medieval town of Drosendorf. It is enthroned on a high rocky spur, which the Thaya flows around on three sides. The cycle tour continues to the baroque Ruegers Castle and Felling, where Austria's only mother-of-pearl mill is located. The last stop in the Waldviertel is Hardegg, the smallest town in Austria.

The trip through the cross-border National Park Thayatal/Národní Park Podyjí is impressively beautiful. Here you can see especially well how diverse the plant and animal world could develop without human intervention.

Photo: Contentkumpanei Goller

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EV13 Etappe 1: Gmünd - Litschau

Start: Gmünd / Ziel: Litschau

EV13 Etappe 2: Litschau - Slavonice

Litschau-Schandachen-Leopoldsdorf-Parten-Návary-Veolov-Landstejn-Stare Mesto pod Landstejnem-Kadolec-Slavonice

EV13 Etappe 3: Slavonice - Drosendorf

Slavonice-Fratres-Rappolz-Neuriegers-Piesecne-Zupanovice-Desna-Schaditz-Nonndorf-Autendorf-Drosendorf an der Thaya

EV13 Stage 4: Drosendorf - Hardegg

From Drosendorf head up to the picturesque village of Vratěnín, which lies already within the region of South Moravia. You can visit the castle in Uherčice or you can cool down in the natural swimming pool in Langau in Lower Austria (which also offers visitors a rural museum).

EV13 Stage 5: Hardegg - Znaim

From Hardegg, you will ascend across the restored border bridge and through the Podyjí National Park to the visitors’ centre of Čížov with well-preserved structures dating from the Iron Curtain. From here it is not far to the royal town and the capital of wine, Znojmo.

EV13 Stage 6 - Znojmo - Retz

From the medieval town of Znojmo you will go past the first centre for tourist information and services in the Czech Republic, then you will cross the bridge and climb the unpaved path through Konice to Havraníky.

Sehenswertes entlang der Strecke

Castle · Waldviertel

Schloss Weitra

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
Nature Reserve · Weinviertel

Nationalpark Thayatal

Weinviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
Village · Waldviertel

Drosendorf an der Thaya

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
Stronghold · Weinviertel

Burg Hardegg

Weinviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
Commerce & Industry · Waldviertel

Yupitaze Fischtextil

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
Commerce & Industry · Waldviertel

Glasatelier Burger

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
Rehabilitation Center · Waldviertel

Sole Felsen Bad

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
Museum · Weinviertel

Erlebnis Perlmutt Manufaktur

Weinviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Weinviertel Tourismus GmbH
Nature Reserve · Waldviertel

Naturpark Blockheide Gmünd - Eibenstein

Waldviertel
by Niederösterreich,   Waldviertel Tourismus
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