• Weißenkirchen in der Marillenblütezeit
  • Die Weingärten der Wachau mit Blick auf Spitz an der Donau
  • Spitz mit Weinreben im Vordergrund
  • Herbstliche Luftaufnahme von Dürnstein
  • Barocke Lebenslust im Landhaus Burkhardt
  • Überwältigendes Angebot an Marillenprodukten vom Weinhof Aufreiter
  • Weingespräche mit Weitblick auf der Panoramaterrasse des Weingutes Özelt
  • Wachauer Nächte in den komfortablen Gutshofzimmern im Prandtauerhof genießen
  • Weindegustation mit grandiosem Ausblick auf Weißenkirchen
  • Kulinarische Gaumenfreuden im Landgasthaus Essl
  • Das neu eröffnete Boutiquehotel steht für eine harmonische Verbindung zwischen Genuss und Ambiente und bietet ein Erlebnis für alle Sinne auf höchstem Niveau
  • Regionale Haubenküche mit hohem Bio-Anteil beim Kaiser von Österreich
  • Eindrucksvolles Genießerfrühstück im Hotel Garni Donauhof

Best of Wachau - Exquisite indulgence

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Welcome to the Wachau!

Do you love wine, pleasure, art and culture?
Then it's time to take a trip to the UNESCO world heritage site and most famous wine-growing region in Austria - the Wachau!
There is lots to discover in the Wachau, the enchanting Danube valley between Melk and Krems, all year round. Explore one of the most beautiful cultural landscapes with numerous excursion destinations such as impressive monasteries and magnificent forts and experience an unforgettable vacation in the Wachau - Nibelungengau - Kremstal region in Lower Austria!

The Wachau: Meeting place for connoisseurs and recreation seekers from all over the world.
The world heritage site Wachau is a true oasis for people who really love and appreciate something special. The mild climate and the slopes ideally inclined towards the sun make this breath-taking Danube river valley a treasured destination in Austria. Noble grape varieties that produce excellent wines and are treasured by connoisseurs all over the world grow on steep terraces. Due to the perfect combination of climate, soil and cultivation over centuries, the Wachau apricot that is well known throughout Europe also grows here in picturesque fruit orchards. This extraordinary pitted fruit owes its fine aroma, just like that of the vines, to the combination of two influences, the Western Atlantic and Eastern Pannonian climate. Magical wine trails invite you on unforgettable walks - and its winemakers to delightful tastings!

Best of Wachau: Experience the best quality
Best of Wachau - what is that? The best hoteliers and hosts in the Wachau have joined forces under the quality seal "Best of Wachau" in order to offer you the highest level of indulgence based on their great understanding of service, quality and regional products. Whether it be long-established winemakers, award-winning 5-star hotels or prestigious gourmet restaurants - the Best of Wachau hosts will whet your appetite for tasty delicacies and serve outstanding dishes as well as Wachau apricot specialties.

Experience the best hosts, the tastiest delicacies and the most beautiful places of the Wachau in this video:

Best of Wachau Goldclub
The Best of Wachau hosts have even more to offer you: The Best of Wachau Goldclub!
Take some time out and spend three or more nights at a Best of Wachau establishment from May to October. You will be rewarded with exclusive benefits to make your stay or vacation in Austria an unforgettable experience. Look forward to exclusive benefits, enjoy wonderful Goldclub bonus services and the attractive direct booker bonus. Don't miss enjoying exclusive benefits from 3 nights onwards! All offers and details are available for download in the Best of Wachau Goldclub folder.

What does the Goldclub adventure program have to offer?
Get to know the Wachau and its people from a very personal point of view in the Best of Wachau Goldclub. Whether it be a private tour of the vineyard or an idyllic boat trip on the Danube - the adventure program offers you unique insights and fascinating stories.
Weekdays from May to October.

Get your direct booker bonus - from 3 nights onwards
Book your trip to the Wachau directly with your Best of Wachau host! As a token of our appreciation, you will be given a treat chosen by your host - from a bottle of wine over homemade apricot jam to a rental bike - depending on the type of hotel involved. If you book 3 nights or more, you will not only receive the attractive direct booker bonus but the hosts will also ensure you get the best offer.
Book now and benefit from the direct booker bonus!

Weingespräche mit Weitblick auf der Panoramaterrasse des Weingutes Özelt

Wachau Wine Spring

The Wachau is an internationally renowned wine region with unique stone terraces and is best known for its white wines. During Wachau Wine Spring in early May, more than 100 member winegrowers of Vinea Wachau invite the public to stop in.

Taste and enjoy the latest vintage!

On the move in the Wachau

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Traveling is stress-free in the Wachau, even without a car. Busses, trains, ferries, ships and nextbike stations allow for a relaxed stay in the entire region.

  • Ship: Experience the Wachau river valley by ship: Please find further information on the ferries and shipping routes here.
  • Train: Please find further information on the Wachau railway network at www.wachaubahn.at.
  • Bus: The Wachau bus lines take you to your destination on the north bank every hour and on the south bank every two hours. Schedules and information can be found at www.vor.at.
  • Bicycle: Taking the bike on the Danube Cycle Route, you will be riding along towpaths and enjoying the unique wonders of nature.
  • Wachau on foot: A short walk along the Danube with a refreshment in a Best of Wachau establishment or hiking in a unique natural setting on the Wachau World Heritage Trail. Further information can be found at www.welterbesteig.at.

Discover the varied landscape and the Wachau with its rich cultural treasures, mild climate, great culinary pleasures and excellent white wines
- all year round!

Take a vacation in the Wachau and book your stay directly with your Best of Wachau host!

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The dining garden of the Aggsteinerhof once again occupies a special place in a Wachau bursting with such idyllic places. At the foot of the picturesque ruins of Aggstein Castle, directly on the Danube and shaded by old chestnut trees, it is one of the...

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Das bekannte Wachauer Laberl

Bäckerei & Konfiserie Schmidl

The Schmidl bakery and confectionery shop is a traditional Wachau business in the heart of Dürnstein, and has been offering its guests top quality and honest craftsmanship since 1780. The family business and inventor of the famous Wachau bread roll has...

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Bauer und Wirt Langthaler

A small paradise, especially for children, in peaceful Pömling near Emmersdorf. The Langthaler family has owned the stately farm since 1824. They offer a successful combination of inn and agriculture, and spoil visitors in several welcoming guest rooms...

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Café Konditorei Hagmann

Founded in 1836, this café and confectionery shop in Krems’ pedestrian zone today represents the Wachau confectionery tradition like no other. The Hagmann family sees itself as a guardian of old recipes and traditions as well as a modern service company...

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Café-Konditorei Mistlbacher

The Café Mistlbacher in Melk is a traditional house at the foot of the world famous Baroque pin. The distinctive atmosphere of our premises, from the mirror room to the green tea room, our guests are welcome to relax or enjoy in the garden (80 seats),...

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Donauwirt Hotel-Restaurant

Leisure, relaxation and unwinding are the focus of this traditional hotel. Built in 1524, later becoming the wine pressing house of the Gaming Carthusian monastery, and appreciated by summer visitors as a first-class inn more than a century ago, the...

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Gartenhotel & Weingut Pfeffel

Quality winery & Spa hotel with view over the Danube: Situated in its own vineyards and near the river “Danube” you will find one of the most beautiful hotels of the valley “Wachau”. This black-roofed, white-walled hotel is partially concealed by...

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Gasthaus Mariandl

The inn on the church square in Spitz has been run by the Biebl family for more than 100 years and owes its name to the main character of the Austrian film classic “Hofrat Geiger”, shot here in the 1950s. Chef Ludwig Biebl relies on traditional tavern...

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Gasthof Prankl

Approximately 500 years old, the architecturally striking, picturesque ship owner’s house in Spitz has been operated as an inn since 1680 and is run today by the 7th generation of the Prankl family. This tradition is reflected in the comfortable ambience...

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Susanne und Harald Stumpfer,Ihre Gastgeber.

Gasthof und Camping Familie Stumpfer

Welcome to the Inn and the camping ground Stumpfer! We are located in the heart of Lower Austria, the country around Vienna, some 90 km from Vienna. From our camping grounds you can easily reach numerous attractions and beautiful landscapes, such as the...

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Dorfhotel Grüner Baum

Gasthof und Dorfhotel Grüner Baum

The Ringl family settled not far from the Danube, in picturesque Maria Laach. Karlheinz Ringl took over his parents’ business in 1989 and has run the hotel and restaurant with his family ever since. Because of its quiet location on the Jauerling, the...

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Gasthof Weißes Rössl

Enjoy the culinary delights and atmosphere at the Weißes Rössl. Our cuisine offers gourmets a mix of creative and down-to-earth dishes. We prefer to use regional, organic and home-grown products. Be sure to sample your way through our extensive, carefully...

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Hofmeisterei Hirtzberger

Hofmeisterei Hirtzberger

You could say a “trident of bliss” has emerged from the historic building of the Hofmeisterei after careful renovation: an early Gothic jewel with Baroque opulence and more than 700 years of history. One. Two tenants who have already proven they know how...

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Hotel & Restaurant Donauhof

A warm welcome at Hotel & Restaurant Donauhof! The location directly in Emmersdorf at the Danube-bike-path Passau-Vienna, with view to the baroque abbey of Melk and the river Danube, invites you to enjoy exciting and relaxing holidays. The hotel – at...

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Klostergarten mit beheiztem Pool

Hotel Richard Löwenherz

Richard the Lionheart, the first prominent, though involuntary guest to the town of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley, looked out on pristine countryside basically unchanged to this day. In a sunny, mild climate, beneficial not just for wines, 3 generations...

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Hotel Schloss Dürnstein

In a magnificent position in the Wachau, the gorge which is the most picturesque section of the Danube, where Nature and Art combine in perfect harmony, stands Dürnstein Castle, amidst the World Heritage Site. Built in Renaissance style, it was for...

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Hotel Klinglhuber

Hotel und Gasthof Klinglhuber

A warm welcome at KLINGLHUBER. We are: Host, family business, meeting place for individualists, culture enthusiasts and lovers of good, traditional inn kitchen and good wine. We combine tradition with modernity. Stay at Klinglhuber: right at the beginning...

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Hotel Wachau

Furnished in a traditional country-house style, this small, family-run 4-star hotel is located at the entrance to Melk, within 500 m of the Danube River, Melk Abbey, and the A1 motorway. Hotel Wachau includes an award-winning restaurant and offers free...

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Hotel Pritz

Hotel-Restaurant "Zum schwarzen Bären"

Since 1908 Hotel-Restaurant »Zum Schwarzen Bären« is owned by the Pritz Family. 300 years ago, in 1609, the house was named »Whärzhaus zum Schwarzen Bären«. Even today the arched ceiling of the guestroom is a visible reminder of former times when the room...

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Hotel-Restaurant Kirchenwirt

Rest assured, you're in great hands here. Surrounded by sunny vineyards, nestled between the blue Danube and green forests, in the heart of the Austrian Wachau World Heritage Site and one of the most charming river valleys in Europe. That's just where...

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Zur Post

Hotel-Restaurant Zur Post

Welcome at hotel-restaurant Post! Holidays are a special time to relax, recover or be active. Whether hiking, riding your bike or simply relaxing with a nice glass of wine – we will make this precious time as pleasant as possible for you.Our...

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Landgasthof Essl - Winzerstüberl

“Naturally traditional enjoyment”, “Top Host 2016” In the Wachau, on the right bank of the Danube in Rührsdorf, a small village set back from the road in the middle of vineyards and orchards, you’ll find ESSL’s country inn. The inn is the ideal meeting...

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Landhaus Bacher

Landhaus Bacher

Landhaus Bacher is the quintessential elegant country restaurant with traditional, high-class dinner and glassware. Come and savor our renowned Landhaus cuisine while dining in a stylish atmosphere. Enjoy Lisl Wagner-Bacher and Thomas Dorfer’s...

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Landhotel Wachau

To be out, but feel at home! That's the motto of the family run and with personal touch managed Landhotel Wachau. The location directly at the Danube-bike-path Passau-Vienna, with view to the baroque abbey of Melk and the river Daube, invites you to...

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Nikolaihof Wachau

With almost 2,000 years of history Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria. It was one of the first in the world that begun working by biodynamic principles according to the regulations of the Demeter Association. No herbicides, pesticides, fertilisers...

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Themensuite Fantasia

Residenz Wachau

This property is 12 minutes walk from the beach. Located in Aggsbach-Dorf on the right bank of the Danube in the heart of the Wachau Valley, 10 km from Melk, Residenz Wachau features a 10,000 m² garden and a terrace offering panoramic views of the river....

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Restaurant Heinzle

“All things fish” is the motto of Restaurant Heinzle in Weißenkirchen. Chef Gerhard Heinzle has specialised in fish dishes from classic and modern cuisines and enriches his skilfully staged creations with Mediterranean and Far Eastern flavours. Awarded 1...

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Restaurant Loibnerhof

The Loibnerhof Restaurant offers you two equally enjoyable dining alternatives: One is the lovingly restored 400 year-old vaulted cellar with its Biedermeier interior and the other is our orchard dining area. Our summer garden is rightly referred to as...

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Steigenberger Hotel and Spa, Krems

Simply paradise! The Steigenberger Hotal and Spa Krems spoils its guests with peace, and comfort in a totally relaxing atmosphere. The country-house style hotel, impresses with its extreme comfort, first-class cuisine - awarded with the "GRÜNEN HAUBE",...

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Alles von der Marille


Run by Barbara Grünberger and built in 1926 by her great-grandfather, the Strandcafé radiates historic charm and nostalgic flair, and is known for its beautiful terrace overgrown with vines, from which there is a spectacular view of the Danube. Made to...

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Wachauerstube Innenansicht


The Wachauerstube has been carefully renovated but still retains its patina, and today presents itself as a welcoming country inn serving upscale tavern cuisine. The landlord - Gerald Diemt - tries to preserve old traditions and imbue them with new...

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Weingut Holzapfel - Prandtauerhof

A Wachau synthesis of the arts in terms of architectural history and cuisine. Established 700 years ago as a wine pressing house and later rebuilt by the builder of Melk Abbey, Jakob Prandtauer, the Baroque estate of Barbara and Karl Holzapfel is home to...

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