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Cherry blossom hike in Scharten

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  • Wild Cherry Blossom in Leppersdorf
    Wild Cherry Blossom in Leppersdorf
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The Kirschbütenwanderweg in Scharten is a circular hiking trail that leads around the localities of the municipality of Scharten, past blooming cherry trees at the height of the Schartner hill country.
Distance 11.6 km
3:05 h
167 m
166 m
447 m
285 m
The cherry blossom in spring attracts many people every year, especially when the sun is shining. The white of the blossoming cherry trees has a magical attraction, because the color white stands for purity and fertilization. People in groups simply enjoy the sight of bees flying from flower to flower.

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.

Author’s recommendation

Avoid the rush of the big event "Spring hiking in Scharten", which takes place on the weekend of the expected cherry tree blossom around April 20. Go during the week before or after.
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Update: May 04, 2022
Highest point
447 m
Lowest point
285 m
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Safety information

Make 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 hints

In 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.


Beißl snack station, Herrnholz 17, 4612 Scharten (350 m)
48.265182, 14.014315
48°15'54.7"N 14°00'51.5"E
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Beißl snack station, Herrnholz 17, 4612 Scharten

Turn-by-turn directions

We begin the cherry blossom hike around Scharten at the Beißl snack station in Herrnholz. From there we start in a slightly north-easterly direction on a busy road downhill to Leppersdorf. In Leppersdorf we cross the country road and walk up the opposite slope in a ditch to the edge of the forest, where we continue at a right angle in a south-easterly direction at an altitude of about 340 m. It continues slightly uphill until we come to over 400 m in the area of ​​the village of Rexham, which we can look down on in a south-westerly direction. The hiking trail remains at about this height until we turn at a right angle onto a path in an easterly direction.

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


By 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.

By road

From the A25 to Jausenstation Beißl, Herrnholz 17, 4612 Scharten, this is the link to the route plan: https://goo.gl/maps/u4eSeobQKyLKKaqW9


At the Beißl snack station, Herrnholz 17, 4612 Scharten


48.265182, 14.014315
48°15'54.7"N 14°00'51.5"E
33U 426850 5346244
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There are unpaved stretches of road, dirt roads that sometimes go a bit steeply uphill. Sturdy shoes, ideally hiking boots are recommended.

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11.6 km
3:05 h
167 m
166 m
Highest point
447 m
Lowest point
285 m
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