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    The Danube region offers so many possibilities for enjoyment, celebration and adventure. Check out the inviting lineup of culinary events, art exhibitions, music festivals and sporting events.

    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. This festival also takes place in mid-July every year.

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    Gemütliche Kellergasse in Abendstimmung, Kamptal

    Cellar Road Fests

    The time for the wine road and cellar-lined road festivals begins in early summer when temperatures start climbing. Krems-Stein, Rohrendorf, Furth, Traismauer and Prellenkirchen have particularly nice festivals.


    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.

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    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.

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    Blick in den Kaiserhof bei einer Veranstaltung

    Opera Klosterneuburg

    Opera Klosterneuburg is an Austrian opera festival staged annually in July and August in the baroque Imperial Courtyard of Klosterneuburg Abbey in Lower Austria.

    Schloss Hof: Baroque Equestrian Fest & Thanksgiving

    In mid-September, Schloss Hof is the venue for the Marchfeld Thanksgiving Festival featuring music and dance, culinary delights and exciting activities for the whole family. Horses, donkeys, ponies, two-humped camels and other four-legged animals are on their best behavior at the big Equestrian Fest in September. In a variety of acts, the animal artists large and small show everything they have learned. In the petting zoo at the manor, goats, sheep and lamas are waiting for visitors all day long.

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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.

    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.

    Weinstraße Wachau im Herbst


    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.

    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.

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