Cherry blossom hike in Scharten
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Wild Cherry Blossom in LeppersdorfPhoto: Mag. Brigitte Pamperl, CC BY-ND, Radler-Rast
The cherry blossom hiking trail in Scharten offers residents of the large metropolitan areas of Linz and Wels the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of cherry trees in bloom close to you. Since this is a circular hiking trail that runs over the hills of the localities of the community of Scharten, you can get on at any point. There is a leisurely up and down path, once along large, old cherry trees, then again along cherry tree monocultures. At times, the landscape offers a view of the Eferdinger Basin, from where a fresh breeze comes in. This fresh breeze also reminds you that it's still spring. It can be quite cool on shady sections of the hiking trail, for example through the forest. The numerous refreshment points along the cherry blossom hiking trail, which are run by local fruit hill farmers, make this hike even more enjoyable.
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Safety informationMake sure you have adequate sun protection. Apply sun protection cream with a sun protection factor of 50 or more to the face and areas of skin that are otherwise exposed to the sun, such as the neck.
The power of the sun is easily underestimated. In the morning it is still cool, during the day in the sun it becomes increasingly warm. You take off clothing and thereby expose parts of the body that you did not expect to be exposed to the sun. So take sunscreen with you on the hike.
Tips and hintsIn Scharten there is a famous pilgrimage church with a baroque onion helmet that can be seen from afar. The high altar contains a miraculous image of "Maria in the cherry orchard" from the early 16th century. There is also the Evangelical Tolerance Church in the village of Unterscharten, which was established in 1819 after the ban on practicing the Protestant faith was lifted.
After a short distance further the path turns in a right angle to a southerly direction. We follow the course of this path until we practically come to the section called forest. We cross this wooded stretch on a paved side road, the so-called Höhenstraße, until we step outside again where the Höhenstraße crosses with the Mistelbacher Straße in Wolfsgrub.
We continue on the Höhenstraße in a slightly north-westerly direction. Looking north from here we can see the church tower of the Evangelical Tolerance Church in Unterscharten. After a short distance we see the baroque onion dome of the pilgrimage church Maria Scharten when looking north.
After crossing the Schartener Landesstraße at the Gasthof Schartnerblick we let our gaze wander from the guest car park once more over the apricot cultures to the Eferdinger basin before we head north-west to continue through area built up with single-family houses. From here it is not far in a northerly direction past sheep at a large, old pollarded pasture to the starting point in Herrnholz.
Public-transport-friendlyBy train from Linz take the S 5 in the direction of Peuerbach Bahnhof. In Unterhillinglah Bahnhst (Frahamer Straße) take bus 664 in the direction of Wels K.J. to Leppersdorf b.Scharten. A few meters from the bus stop in a northerly direction, the cherry blossom hiking trail crosses the state road.
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