The Danube cycle path presents itself so idyllic shortly after Grein. For the absolute feeling of happiness only a breeze tailwind is missing.
The Danube cycle path as seen from the ship.
On the right bank of the Danube you soon reach the approximately 300-year-old inn at the Hößgang. It was always an inn. Around 1990 the business was stopped and the house has
been decaying more and more until 2006.
The renovation work took three years. Since then it is open again and a popular meeting place for cyclists
The village Struden is on the left side of the Danube.
Near Struden lies the largely rebuilt Werfenstein castle ruin. The protruding position of the castle made it possible to control the traffic on the river to a large extent. Only the tower and parts of the 2 m thick curtain wall have been preserved from the medieval structure.
Stefan and the Werfenstein Castle
In earlier times, downstream boat travellers had just passed the church of St. Nikola, the danger of the whirls and whirlpools of the route around Grein and Struden, and also passed the castle Werfenstein, built around the 13th century, and the castle Pain from the 12th century, which could block the passage with chains. They were then gladly visited by Nachen on the water and asked by their inmates for a donation for St. Nicholas. This also paid for the hospital and the burial of Christian casualties.
On the Danube bank opposite St. Nikolas, a sandy beach invites you to cool your feet in the water.
Danube cycle route