The Danube in Lower Austria

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The Danube in Lower Austria – A Pleasure for All the Senses Imagine sun-drenched vineyards and idyllic orchards, mysterious alluvial forests and imposing monasteries and castles, culinary flights of fancy and the finest in wines. A trip to the Danube district of Lower Austria delights all your senses.

The Danube is the second longest river in Europe and the most important waterway in Austria. It has shaped the landscape and the people along its banks since time immemorial. The part of the Danube flowing through Lower Austria is 260 kilometers long and boasts some of the most scenic sections of this river valley. It is a genuine treasure for the province. The river proceeds from the Nibelungengau in the west through the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape, and on to the gates of Bratislava in the east. Its banks are lined with magnificence architecture, picturesque towns and villages, and lush ancient vineyards. Anyone who appreciates art and fine dining will find an abundance of attractions here, as will nature lovers and athletes. The landscape along the Danube is particularly charming when viewed from a ship.

Museums & Exhibitions

Krems, Klosterneuburg and Rohrau have established reputations as centers of the visual arts: The Art Mile in Krems alone boasts 10 cultural institutions. The Harrach Picture Gallery in Rohrau Castle is one of the most famous private collections in Austria.

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Paar am Welterbesteig Wachau, Donau im Hintergrund © Andreas Hofer

Danube Shipping

The Danube and its various regions are particularly charming when viewed from a ship. With its unique natural landscapes, impressive architectural monuments and legendary views, this river valley is probably Europe’s most beautiful. Experiencing it from a ship is pure pleasure.

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Scenic Views

Simply stand there, take in the scenery and enjoy. The countryside is particularly impressive when seen from one of the lookout towers or one of the many other kinds of lookout points. From the top of Jauerling or Göttweig Abbey, the Aggstein ruins or the Tulbinger Kogel. Picturesque countryside everywhere you look.

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Your first visit to the Danube

There is so much to explore along the Danube! We are here to give you an overview of the big range of available choices so you can put together your dream vacation quickly and easily. To the left you will find entry points to help you find your destinations for exploring the Danube in Lower Austria.

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Der "Wolkenturm": Der in eine Senke eingebettete Bau der Architekten Marie-Therese Harnoncourt und Ernst J. Fuchs (the next ENTERprise – architects) bildet eine Skulptur die gut 15 Meter bis in die Höhe der alten Baumkrone aufragt und unerwartete Ansichten aus verschiedene Perspektiven bietet.

Grafenegg Festival

The Grafenegg Festival takes place every year from mid-August to early September. The program includes matinees and performances by international orchestras and a number of other ensembles from around the globe.
Dates in 2019: August 16 to September 8

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Festspiele Stockerau, Publikum, Tullner Donauraum

Stockerau Festival

The traditional Stockerau Festival offers theatergoers a diverse one-month program in the summer. Theater hits are featured, as are major summer night concerts.
Dates in 2019: August 2 to 25


Weingenuss in der Kellergasse Arbesthal, Carnuntum

Carnuntum Experience

Enjoy the series of events Carnuntum Experience 365 days long! As you can taste wonderful wines and experience exciting adventures in the winegrowing region Carnuntum during the whole year the Carnuntum Experience has now been extended. To a year full of enjoyment!

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Weinstraße Wachau im Herbst

Weinherbst along the Danube

In Lower Austria, wine has its own season, Weinherbst, the province’s celebration of wine and autumn. From mid-August to the end of November everything revolves around wine enjoyment in connection with age-old traditions, culinary delights and scenic landscape.

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Ziel des WACHAUmarathons in Krems in der Wachau

Wachau Marathon

On the Wachau Marathon, runners pass through the unique countryside of the Wachau.
About 10,000 people take part in one of the 7 competitions. The racing route runs along the northern bank of the Danube between Emmersdorf and Krems.
Date in 2019: September 29

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Ursula Strauss, Kuratorin von Wachau in Echtzeit

Wachau in Real Time

In the stillness of Advent, the Wachau offers a special cultural program. The well-known Austrian actress Ursula Strauss is the curator of Wachau in Real Time, a line-up of cultural and musical events specially adapted for the performance venues in the Wachau.
Dates in 2019: October 25 to November 29

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Weihnachtsmarkt Ruine Aggstein

Advent

Advent in the Danube region of Lower Austria promises to bring hours of quiet contemplation and moments of enchantment. The towns and villages along the Danube invite visitors every year to magical Advent markets or on romantic winter cruises. The Danube region has a broad lineup of events ranging from the traditional Christmas market at Aggstein ruins and the traditional Advent markets at Grafenegg to Christmas magic at Göttweig Abbey and the Advent village at Schloss Hof plus an array of small and tranquil Advent markets.

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