The 180 km hiking trails of the "Welterbesteig Wachau" connect the cultural highlights included in the Wachau UNESCO World Heritage Site between Krems and Melk. It leads on hilly territory through the famous terraced wine yards, which are the hallmark of the cultural landscape heritage of the Wachau valley to most impressive viewpoints, 20 castles and ruins, three monasteries including Roman sites and a great nature experience. The website gives a very good overview on routes, information material, additional infrastructure, accomodation and offer individual tourism packages.
Donausteig in Upper Austria
The 450 km-long trail from Passau past Linz to Grein runs mostly along the two shores of the Danube with 41 loop trails and 52 Donausteig guesthouses and hosts. On the hills above the Danube you can hike through picture-book landscapes offering fantastic panoramic views touching legendary places and sites.The website includes a maps and a tour planner, offers Danube valley guide services, accomodation and various tourism packages.
Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail
To truly experience the scale of Hadrian’s Wall, you need to walk it. There’s no more glorious way than by taking to the 84-mile Hadrian’s Wall Path National Trail. Voted the nation’s favourite, this peaceful route stretches from Bowness-on-Solway to metropolitan Wallsend and Newcastle.
Take a week to shadow the Wall as it cuts through the World Heritage Site. Explore Roman heritage and history en route, and take in the glorious and ever-changing landscapes. 2013 is the 10th anniversary of the Trail.
Best undertaken May to Oct as the Trail is mostly a grass path. By walking it during the normally drier summer months, you will be helping with the conservation of the sensitive archaeology under your feet.