Getting there
  • Die Weingärten der Wachau mit Blick auf Spitz an der Donau
  • Spitz mit Weinreben im Vordergrund
  • Weißenkirchen in der Marillenblütezeit
  • 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
  • Kulinarische Gaumenfreuden im Landgasthaus Essl
  • Weindegustation mit grandiosem Ausblick auf Weißenkirchen
  • Pure Lebensfreude und Gastlichkeit im Hotel Donauhof

Best of Wachau - Exquisite indulgence Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal

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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!

Best of Wachau Goldclub

If you book three or more nights with a Best of Wachau host from May to October, you will benefit from the Best of Wachau Goldclub. Experience an exclusive adventure program and numerous bonus services.


Enjoy exclusive benefits from 3 nights onwards!

Best accommodation

Enjoy relaxing Wachau nights in the best hotels, fine guest houses, charming private rooms, historic castles and palaces or stay directly with the winemakers.

Stay with the best Wachau hosts!

wachau GOURMETfestival

Michelin stars shine in the Wachau and top wines from all over the world are poured: The 12th wachau GOURMETfestival with international top chefs from March 28 to April 11 represents a culinary milestone.

Enjoy vinophile and culinary delicacies!

Best of Wachau magazine

Find detailed information on all 53 Best of Wachau hosts and tips on the most beautiful places and remarkable treasures of the Wachau in the magazine "Erlesener Genuss" which we would be happy to send you.

Order the Best of Wachau indulgence magazine!

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
  • 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
  • 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

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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Impressions & insights

  • Wachauer Marillenvariationen
  • Frische, saisonale und regionale Wachauer Produkte vom Bauer & Wirt Langthaler
  • Weindegustation mit grandiosem Ausblick auf Weißenkirchen
  • Eindrucksvolles Genießerfrühstück im Hotel Garni Donauhof
  • Genießen im Cuvee Club des Hotel and Spa Steigenberger Krems
  • Wachauer Marillenpalatschinken mit Selbstgebranntem aus dem Hause Ringl in Maria Laach
  • Wohnen direkt beim Winzer in den ehrwürdigen Mauern des Mauritiushofes

Discover the best aspects of the Wachau! Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal

  • Best food and drink
  • Best accommodation
  • Best shopping
  • Awarded gastronomes Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal

    1. Aggsteinerhof


      The dining garden of the Aggsteinerhof once again occupies a special place in a Wachau bursting with such idyllic places. At the...

      Schönbühel an der Donau +43 2753 8350 Website
    2. 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...

    3. Langthaler

      Bauer und Wirt Langthaler

      A small paradise, especially for children, in peaceful Pömling near Emmersdorf. The Langthaler family has owned the stately farm...

    4. Hagmann

      Café Konditorei Hagmann

      Founded in 1836, this café and confectionery shop in Krems’ pedestrian zone today represents the Wachau confectionery tradition...

      Krems an der Donau +43 2732 83167 Website
    5. Mistlbacher

      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...

    6. Donauwirt Hotel-Restaurant

      Leisure, relaxation and unwinding are the focus of this traditional hotel. Built in 1524, later becoming the wine pressing house...

      Weißenkirchen in der Wachau +43 2715 2247 Website
    7. 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...

    8. Innenhof

      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...

    9. Prankl

      Gasthof Prankl

      Approximately 500 years old, the architecturally striking, picturesque ship owner’s house in Spitz has been operated as an inn...

    10. 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...

      Schönbühel an der Donau +43 2752 8510 Website
    11. 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...

      Maria Laach am Jauerling +43 2712 8303 Website
    12. Rössel

      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...

    13. 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...

      Wösendorf in der Wachau +43 2715 22931 Website
    14. Hotel & Restaurant Donauhof

      A warm welcome at Hotel & Restaurant Donauhof! The location directly in Emmersdorf at the Danube-bike-path Passau-Vienna, with...

      Emmersdorf an der Donau +43 2752 71777 Website
    15. 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...

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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...

    17. 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...

      Krems an der Donau +43 2732 86960 Website
    18. Doppelzimmer

      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...

    19. 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...

      Emmersdorf an der Donau +43 2752 71249 Website
    20. 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...

      Weißenkirchen in der Wachau +43 2715 2332 Website
    21. 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...

    22. Winzerstüberl

      Landgasthof Essl - Winzerstüberl

      “Naturally traditional enjoyment”, “Top Host 2016”

      In the Wachau, on the right bank of the Danube in Rührsdorf, a small village...

    23. Landhaus Bacher

      Landhaus Bacher

      Landhaus Bacher is the quintessential elegant country restaurant with traditional, high-class dinner and glassware. Come and savor...

      Mautern an der Donau +43 2732 82937 Website
    24. 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...

      Emmersdorf an der Donau +43 2752 72572 Website
    25. Nikolaihof

      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...

      Mautern an der Donau +43 2732 82901 Website
    26. 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...

    27. Heinzle

      Restaurant Heinzle

      “All things fish” is the motto of Restaurant Heinzle in Weißenkirchen. Chef Gerhard Heinzle has specialised in fish dishes from...

      Weißenkirchen in der Wachau +43 2715 2231 Website
    28. Loibnerhof 01

      Restaurant Loibnerhof

      The Loibnerhof Restaurant offers you two equally enjoyable dining alternatives: One is the lovingly restored 400 year-old vaulted...

    29. Steigenberger

      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....

      Krems an der Donau +43 2732 71010 Website
    30. Alles von der Marille


      Run by Barbara Grünberger and built in 1926 by her great-grandfather, the Strandcafé radiates historic charm and nostalgic flair,...

    31. Wachauerstube Innenansicht


      The Wachauerstube has been carefully renovated but still retains its patina, and today presents itself as a welcoming country inn...

    32. 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...