The Danube in Lower Austria

Luftaufnahme Stift Melk und Umgebung

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.

Landesgalerie Niederösterreich © Niederösterreich Werbung / Romeo Felsenreich

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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MS Austria der BRANDNER Schiffahrt GmbH vor Dürnstein, Wachau

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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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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Weinfrühling in der Wachau

Wine Spring

Wine Spring events in the Lower Austrian Danube region are a good opportunity in the wine year to sample the winemaker’s various wines and stock up on wine. Wine Spring takes place from late April to the beginning of May every year. Wachau Wine Spring is recommended, for example, as is Spring Awakening on the Wagram, the New Wine Fest in Göttlesbrunn and the 3-valley Wine Spring in the Kamp, Krems and Traisen Valleys.

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wachau GOURMETfestival

The wachau GOURMETfestival is a must for all gourmets and lovers of fine wining and dining. Big names, exciting newcomers, many an unusual venue and all this in the midst of the scenic Wachau Valley.
Date 2020: 19.3.-2.4.2020

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Grossriedenthal im Frühling, Tullner Donauraum Wagram

Loess Spring on the Wagram

About 35 businesses in the Wagram region celebrate “Loess Spring” from mid-April till mid-May. Inns, wineries, excursion sights and restaurants invite visitors to explore and enjoy. The Wagram Treasure Map is your guide to this adventure rally. The treasure hunt is an entertaining way for wine, culture and nature enthusiasts to explore the mysteries of the typical loess landscape on their own during Wagram Loess Spring. One highlight of the Loess Spring is “Spring Awakening on the Wagram”, where the winemakers in the Wagram wine region open up their cellars in eight municipalities and invite visitors to sample the new vintages.
Date 2020: May 2 to 24


Donaufestival Atmosphäre

Donaufestival

Krems is the venue for the Donaufestival on two weekends at the end of April and the beginning of May. International musicians and artists present their works, performances and installations.
Date 2020: April 24 to 26, April 30 to May 2

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Stimmungsbild vom Festival Glatt & Verkehrt

Glatt&Verkehrt

GLATT&VERKEHRT is a festival in July that takes audiences on musical voyages of discovery around the globe. The program of events ranges from authentic, traditional and contemporary music from various cultures and brings artists from (nearly) all parts of the world to Krems and into the Wachau. What all of them have in common is a desire to explore their own musical roots – regardless of whether these roots are in folk music, jazz, classical or the avant-garde. Venues such as Göttweig Abbey, the Winzer Krems winery and Spitz castle serve as backdrops for these concerts by international musicians.
Date in 2020: July 10 to 26

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Feuerwerk über Stift Melk

Solstice

This age-old tradition is cultivated in splendid and enjoyable ways in more than 20 places in the Danube region Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal. Torch-lit vineyards, impressive fireworks and wonderful opportunities for special moments are what make solstice celebrations in the Wachau and Nibelungengau so memorable every year.
20.6.2020 - Wachau
27.6.2020 - Nibelungengau

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Spitzer Marillenkirtag in der Wachau

Apricot Festivals in the Wachau

Visitors to the traditional Spitz Apricot Fair every year in mid-July delight in the fluffy apricot dumplings, fruity apricot punch and fine apricot brandy. The traditional parade with King Marillus and Princess Apricosia is among the highlights of the fair. In Everything’s Apricots (Alles Marille) in Krems, the highlight comes when the huge apricot cake is sliced.

Dates in 2020:
Spitz: July 17 to 19
Krems: July 10 to 12

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Wein Römerland 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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