Welcome to the Danube region known as Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal!
Welcome to the Danube region known as Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal! A magnificent stretch of the Danube awaits you here, complete with precious cultural treasures, an enchanting river valley, a sun-drenched wine region of international caliber – in a word, a gesamtkunstwerk.
Since the year 2000, the Wachau has been a UNESCO World Heritage region, along with its cultural treasures, an enchanting stretch of river valley and a sun-drenched wine region of world caliber – a gesamtkunstwerk.
The 200 or so members of this winegrowers’ association are dedicated to the protection, quality and reputation of Wachau wines. Steinfeder, Federspiel and Smaragd are three wine quality designations specific to the Wachau and reserved for use solely by members of Vinea Wachau.
The Wachau has inspired poets and artists for time immemorial. Today people are delighted with the diverse lineup of internationally renowned cultural programs, arts and theater festivals and culinary events as well as museums and exhibitions.
There is a grand view of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape from aboard the white Danube ships. They connect towns between Melk and Krems that are well worth visiting, such as Spitz, Weissenkirchen and Dürnstein.
The Wachau World Heritage Trail is a 180 km hiking trail featuring the best in scenic and historical paths. It links together the 13 communities of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage landscape.
Advent in the Danube region of Lower Austria promises to bring hours of quiet contemplation and moments of enchantment. The towns and villages along the Danube invite visitors every year to magical Advent markets or on romantic winter cruises. The Danube region has a broad lineup of events ranging from the traditional Christmas market at Aggstein ruins and the traditional Advent markets at Grafenegg to Christmas magic at Göttweig Abbey and the Advent village at Schloss Hof plus an array of small and tranquil Advent markets.
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.
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.