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Stopfenreuth

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Stopfenreuth

Most parts of the Stopfenreuth wetlands lie completely within the overflow area of the Danube. A high-water mark on the Uferstrasse is evidence of just how high the river may rise in these sections.

The most common types of trees found here are therefore willows and poplars. The gnarled willows in particular are prime examples of just how vital this tree species is, and how powerfully the water can shape an individual tree's growth. Near the jetties – the stone dams which run crosswise to the river current and help regulate the current for shipping – one can find shells in the shallow waters where many aquatic creatures thrive.

Tranquil waters are the ideal habitat for the European Pond Turtle, which likes to sun itself on floating deadwood. The best time to glimpse this rare species is in the spring. If things are calm around the occasionally bustling boot landing area on the Uferstrasse, kingfishers and beavers may be spotted.

In fact, it is not necessary to walk far into the wetlands to discover its typical inhabitants.

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4,6 km
ca. 1,5 hours

The wetlands in Stopfenreuth were the site of the legendary occupation of 1984 and are thus popularly known as the birthplace of the Donau-Auen National Park.
This trail is impassable during times of flooding and high water. For your own safety, please do not walk on closed trails!

Stopfenreuth Danube Trail

Starting point:
Uferstrasse, levee ("Marchfelddamm").
 

The trail begins on the western boundary of the town of Stopfenreuth. After crossing the levee, the trail leads across the historic Brückl meadow, where the occupation of the wetlands began in the winter of 1984. In the spring, many different kinds of orchids bloom here. After crossing the Rosskopf arm, a tranquil backwater with expansive beds of reeds, there is a good opportunity to spot a variety of birds such as grey herons, great white egrets, grebes and moorhens. Grass snakes also like to sun themselves on the big stones lining the banks. 
Once the trail reaches the Danube, it turns towards the east, running along the Treppelweg (towpath) along the banks. In times of low water levels, expansive gravel banks emerge, some of which are covered in astonishing types of driftwood and other material transported by the waters. The area is a natural swimming spot in the summer. The Au-Terrasse platform offers an elevated view of the Danube. The trail returns along the Uferstrasse back to the town of Stopfenreuth.