Here the power and beauty of nature is being reflected. Waters have always been of great significance to mankind. Through shipping, the Danube played and plays an important role up to this day. A less well-known utilisation of the Danube valley is winegrowing. Between 1000 and 1300 AD, in the medival warm period, wine was being grown in the cross valleys and the lower layers of Upper Austria. There used to be a small-sized vineyard with walls and staircase connections on the same level as Inzell, but on the left slope of the Danube Valley. Today it is completely overgrown by shrubbery. But in Hilkering, near Aschach, wine is currently being cultivated.
The „Schlögener Schlinge“ has been appointed a „Natural Wonder of Austria“ in 2008.
This rarity, called epigenetic cross valley, was being generated when the Danube carved its way through the soft layers of the Tertiary and created its meander-formed river bed, which it had to retain on the hard granitic rock. Because of the elevation of the landmass later on, the Danube carved itself nearly 300m into the ground and thereby created the dell, which almost forms a full circle in the SCHLÖGENER SCHLINGE.
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Westautobahn (west highway) exit Linz or Wels direction Eferding, continuing on the B130 direction Passau
Train station Linz or Wels, continuing by bus (Postautobus) direction Eferding - Haibach or
Train station Passau, continuing by bus (Postautobus) direction Linz
Shipping pier Schlögen
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The Danube Valley has a very aesthetic appearance that hits its peak with the Schlögener Schlinge. Here the power and beauty of nature is being reflected. Waters have always been of great significance to mankind. Through shipping, the Danube played and plays an...