• Holzapfels Prandtauerhof © Österreich Werbung
  • Heurigenjause © Martina Siebenhandl
  • Kulinarik Dürnstein © Andreas Hofer
  • Winzerstüberl Essl © Best of Wachau / Rita Newman
  • Marillenkuchen © Steve Haider
  • Heuriger Gallhofer © Andreas Hofer
  • Marillenknödel am Weinhof Aufreiter
  • Essen im Prandtauerhof © Martina Siebenhandl
  • Gasthof Prankl © Best of Wachau / Rita Newman

Tours of Culinary Delights along the Danube

Culinary Vacation packages

Feast for the Eyes and the Palate

The Danube region in Lower Austria has an exceptional concentration of award-winning restaurants, down-to-earth inns and rustic heuriger wine taverns, making it a paradise for gourmets and discriminating diners. First and foremost, the Wachau, a UNESCO World Heritage region, is among the top places in Europe for culinary delights.

Only a handful of regions treat visitors to such a diversity of delicious products - from Wachau apricots, Wachau saffron and Wagram nuts to asparagus from the Marchfeld and fresh fish.

An enjoyment tour provides ample opportunities to sample the culinary treasures the Danube has to offer.

Kulinarik Dürnstein © Andreas Hofer

Richly Set tables

From award-winning gourmet temples to regional inns and rustic heuriger wine taverns - the culinary delights in the regions along the Danube are enticing and the tables are richly set.

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Hofladen Bauernspeis, Wagram an der Donau, Marchfeld

Enjoyable Shopping

Are you looking for a delectable souvenir, an unusual and tastefully tasty gift? The Danube in Lower Austria is a delicatessen in the truest sense, offering everything from fine brandies and fruit juices to delicious bread and luscious chocolate, from fresh fish to highly prized blunzn (blood pudding) and saumaisen (filled pork caul).

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Genießen mit allen Sinnen in der Wachauer Stube

Best of Wachau

The best hoteliers and innkeepers in the Wachau have joined ranks to offer TOP enjoyment under the quality mark "Best of Wachau". From down-to-earth wine makers, award-winning five-star hotels or gourmet restaurants, the Best of Wachau hosts whet your appetite for culinary delights such as excellent regional dishes and specialties featuring the Wachau apricot.

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Genussfrühling © Prenner Beerenkultur

Culinary Delights Initiative of Römerland-Carnuntum

Fourteen purveyors of culinary delights - from a Marchfeld vegetable farmer to a Carnuntum wine pro - between the Danube capitals of Vienna and Bratislava have joined together to launch the Culinary Delights Initiative Römerland Carnuntum-Marchfeld.

The initiative partners are committed to shared values and principles and offer top quality regional products and enjoyable experiences.

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... that the enjoyment of culinary delights also played a major part in the culture in ancient Roman times, too?

Historical records show that regular citizens in ancient Roman times also had ample opportunities for good food and drink. The city had countless food shops and the emperors staged huge public banquets on a regular basis.

The variety of dishes was much different than it is today: Beef was not popular in fine dining because it came from work animals with tough meat requiring long periods of cooking before it even became edible. Even veal was rarely found in the dishes, according to records from that time. Side dishes like the ones we have today did not exist. When it came to fruit, grapes were a favorite food. Even in the Roman Empire a distinction was made between wine grapes and table grapes.

Find out more about the life of the ancient Romans along the Danube

Famous Wine Country along the Danube

Steep stone terraces and gently rolling hills covered with vineyards nestling one against the other - in the Danube region, wine is the livelihood of many people and has a long tradition. Six of the eight wine routes in Lower Austria - Wachau, Krems Valley, Kamp Valley, Wagram, Traisen Valley and Carnuntum - are located in the Danube region of Lower Austria; many of the wine makers are internationally renowned.
From the Wachau to the gateway of Vienna, white wines are the predominant varieties whereas powerful reds can also be found in Carnuntum in far-eastern Lower Austria.

Wine Tips

Herbstlandschaft am Wagram © Robert Herbst

Winegrowing Regions along the Danube

Ancient wine culture and ultra-modern wineries. Venerable customs and elegant wine events. The finest white wines in the world and warm sociability at down-to-earth heuriger wine taverns. The wine regions along the Danube in Lower Austria lead you through unique wine country full of contrasts and new experiences.

A Primer on the Winegrowing Regions

Wine taverns

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