Spring on the Danube Cycle Path in the Wachau The pasque flowers, pulsatilla are already blooming, the apricot blossom will follow soon
Spring is a very nice time on the Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna.
Especially if you just want to ride a bike, because it's not as hot as in summer.
If you are lucky, you will just come to the Time of the apricot blossom through the Wachau.
This cannot be planned exactly, because it is difficult to predict when the apricot blossom will be.
2018 the apricot blossom did not begin until early April, 2017 for example, it was already in the last week of March, about 1 to 2 weeks earlier.
This year 2019 we will already find buds on the apricot tree on March 10, where the white petals shine through. It can therefore not be long before the apricot blossom in the Wachau 2019.
The apricots only bloom for a few days. If you want to see this natural spectacle, don't wait until the next weekend, but go straight to the Wachau.
There is a second harbinger of spring along the Danube in the Wachau.
The Pasque Flower or Pulsatilla is a flower that blooms very early in the second half of February, as one of the first plants, when it can still be quite cold, on special meadows on the edge of the Danube cycle path. The pasque flower belongs to the family of Buttercups (Ranunculaceae) and is a typical dry plant, a xerophyte.
Dried plants are plants that are adapted to extremely low-water locations.
Dry plants have a very deep and widely branched root system. On the one hand, this ensures access to deeper water supplies and, on the other hand, a maximum of water can be absorbed even during brief rain showers.
This water shortage is due to a soil where the water seeps away quickly. For example, we find these floors in the Wachau, where crystalline rocks of granitic origin offer the best growth conditions for wine.
The pasque flower as a typical dry plant grows on protected dry grass that belongs to the most beautiful landscape areas the Wachau count.
In the Wachau it is Higher corner, largest dry grass in the eastern Wachau with 200 different plant species. At St. Michael, Spitz Hinterhaus and on the Setzberg, at the entrance of the Spitzer Graben like this one Vineyard maps and this Document by Hannes Seehofer can be seen, there are other meadows of this special kind.