Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park

The centrepiece is the 960 m high Jauerling – the highest mountain along the entire Danube river.

This nature park connects the Wachau Cultural Landscape, which has UNESCO World Heritage status, with the southern Waldviertel.

The roof of the Danube

No other mountain on the 2,850 km long Danube is higher than the Jauerling, which is rich in views. More than 700 meters of altitude separate the Danube bank from the summit area. The entire Jauerling mountain range covers 11,500 hectares and is designated as a nature park. The seven municipalities of Aggsbach, Emmersdorf, Maria Laach, Mühldorf, Raxendorf, Spitz and Weiten form the area of the nature park region. The Jauerling is a link between the regions of UNESCO World Heritage Wachau and Southern Waldviertel. The region is a river landscape, wine-growing area, characterized by original meadows and fields, quiet forests and gentle valleys and forms a unique historical and cultural ensemble. People have been settled here since the Stone Age. The Celts started wine growing and in the Middle Ages the salt market and the Danube trade brought wealth to the region. Due to the good strategic location, cultural and spiritual centers flourished in the still very original, idyllic nature park communities. Testimony to the past are the churches as well as the ruins of the many castles and palaces. As the sunny roof and local mountain of the Wachau, the panoramic summit area of the Jauerling often towers above the surrounding fog and cloud fields. Jauerlingers and visitors alike then fortify themselves while soaking up the sun and enjoy the liberating view of the beautiful, pristine landscape surrounding the highest mountain along the Danube.


  •     varied nature education offers
  •     350 kilometers of hiking trails
  •     lookout
  •     Wachau Terrace
  •     Valley of sundials
  •     Bakery Museum Mühldorf
  •     Venusium
  •     Wachau donkey adventure
  •     Camel Riding School Eitental
  •     Freizeitpark Hubhof
  •     Five nature park schools: NMS Emmersdorf, VS and NMS Spitz/Donau, VS Mühldorf, VS Maria Laach

Worth knowing

  •     Public arrival by bus and train
  •     E-filling station
  •     Compulsory leash for dogs
  •     Connected to Danube cycle path
  •     Mountain biking
  •     Guided hikes
  •     Nature tours
  •     Winter sports offers

Hiking pass route

Circular hiking trail Red Gate 1

Rolling ferry Spitz - church square - right - Rote-Tor-Gasse along the vineyards to the Rote Tor - forest to the Marterl Blaues Kreuz - follow the forest path to the left - Radlbach - Quitten (Friedhofsgasse) - return to the church square
6,5 km/2 h
Stamping point at Gasthaus Mariandl (closed on Mon. and Tues.)

Kraftweg Maria Laach 2

Energy of the earth: www.kraftweg.at Theme trail: 10 stations: Fountain community square (Maria Laach) - municipal office - sports field - circular route over Kogel - conclusion pilgrimage church Maria Laach (1.5 km/1 h).

Stamp station at Gasthaus Busch-Preleuthner (closed on Mon. and Tues.).


Naturpark Jauerling-Wachau,
c/o Wanderzentrum
3643 Maria Laach 46,
T +43 (0)2712 20332