The Dunkelsteinerwald is a hill country south of the Danube in the Most district, Lower Austria, Melk section to Mautern, south of Krems on the Danube.

From a geological point of view of Dunkelsteinerwald is an extension of the Waldviertel, a high country north of the Danube in Lower Austria and belongs to the granite and gneiss plateau, the Austrian share of the Bohemian Massif, from which he was separated from the Danube.

The landscape reaches heights up to 700 m and is dominated by forestry and agriculture. The climate is significantly rougher than in the adjoining Wachau. Commercial and Industrial is available only to a small extent. Many residents of Dunkelsteinerwald therefore need to commute to work in the nearby district towns of Krems and Melk or in the capital St. Pölten.


In December 2008, the energy group Hafnerbach was founded. The energy group has set itself the goal of achieving a networked energy self-sufficiency in the community Hafnerbach. In this model, there is still material and energy flows into and out of the church, but the sum of the energy sustainably produced must exceed the total consumption.

In the spring of 2009, a wind farm on Hafner Bacher municipality was discussed by the dark stone in the area. The People Committee Committee for the Protection of Dunkelsteinerwald from the neighboring community Neidling has repeatedly spoken out against the planned wind power plants on environmental, regional image moderate and scenic considerations.