Ships & Ferries

There is a grand view of the UNESCO World Heritage landscape from aboard the white Danube ships. If you want a box-seat from which to watch the incomparable Wachau unfold with its terraced vineyards, fortified churches and small villages, the Danube invites you to climb aboard. Or to be more precise, climb aboard one of the many ships, excursion boats, ferries or local boats.

Enjoy the diverse landscapes, the artfully laid-out vineyards with their typical stone walls, the broad plains and the precious art treasures on both banks that make this one of the most beautiful stretches of river valley in Europe.

There are several companies providing ship service on the Danube. Most of them connect the towns and villages of the Wachau. For instance, ships run regularly between Krems and Melk.
 A sporty alternative is a ride in a zille, a flat-bottomed boat common to this region. The many ferries are also a fun way to cross the river and explore perhaps the less well-known side of the Danube.

Enjoy your precious time in the Wachau-Nibelungengau-Kremstal region!

MS Austria vor Dürnstein, Wachau

Excursion programm for individuals

Experience the UNESCO World Heritage region Wachau. Here some excursion programms:
Excursion "ship & history"
Excursion "ship & culture"
Excursion "ship & bike"

Danube Ships & Ferries

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MS Austria der BRANDNER Schiffahrt GmbH vor Dürnstein, Wachau

BRANDNER Schiffahrt GmbH

Birgit and Barbara Brandner, two sisters from a venerable old family of mariners, set out in 1995 to establish a new caliber of passenger ship service and cruises on the Danube.

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DDSG Blue Danube vor Dürnstein © DDSG Blue Danube / Christian Woeckinger

DDSG Blue Danube

DDSG Blue Danube offers cruises that open up whole new ways to experience the Danube along the most scenic stretches of the river.

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MS Donaunixe

Donauschifffahrt Ardagger

This private company has been operating passenger ships since 1987 in the Strudengau and the Nibelungengau, two scenic sections of the Danube upstream from the Wachau.

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Ein Herr unternimmt mit einer Frau eine Naufahrt auf der Donau in der Wachau, im Hintergrund sieht man Stift Melk


Enjoy a unique experience, a naufahrt from Melk or Emmersdorf into the Wachau, a World Heritage landscape.

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