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Wachau and Austria

 

Wachau – this famous 30 km section of the Danube between Melk and Krems – is one of the most beautiful river valleys worldwide. Wachau is a region well-known for its wines and tourism, just about 90 km from Vienna. The small winegrowers’ villages, situated right on the Danube’s bank, and the famous stone terraces where the wine is cultivated, are the characteristics of the scenery. The mild climate and the fertile loess soil are important conditions for wine growing.

Wachau’s history goes back many years – as is proven by the Venus of Willendorf, 25,000 years old. The Romans brought viniculture to Wachau, and even today archaeological finds can be discovered from that period. The earliest settlements were in the so-called “Thal Wachau” (first mentioned in 850), containing Weissenkirchen, Joching, Wösendorf and St. Michael. The important cultural monuments Stift (religious foundation) Melk and Stift Göttweig are the focal points of the World Cutural Heritage region Wachau. Wachau was awarded the title World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2000. The National Geographic Traveler Magazine elected Wachau the “Best Historic Place” in 2009.

 

 

Weissenkirchen in Wachau

 

The holiday resort Weissenkirchen in Wachau is the ideal starting place for culinary, sportive and cultural excursions in Wachau. Wachau’s highlights like Dürnstein, Stift Melk, Stift Göttweig or Krems are just a few minutes by car from Weissenkirchen. Weissenkirchen is Wachau’s largest wine growing community; the Riesling grape has its origin here. This place, having retained its naturalness, is picturesquely situated, nestling among vineyards inviting hikers and bikers, who will enjoy themselves as the Danube Bike Trail leads right through Weissenkirchen. Each holiday type will find the ideal accommodations, and the gastronomic range in Weissenkirchen in Wachau reaches from rustic wine taverns to typical local inns to gourmet restaurants.

 

 

Holiday in Wachau

 

A holiday in Wachau is ideal for gourmets, wine enthusiasts, bikers and hikers as well as guests interested in culture. From the chosen holiday location, interesting excursions can be made in the Wachau region, by car, on foot, by bike, by train or by ship. A tour of the Wachau by bike has a very special charm; one gets to know the small, romantic wine-growers’ villages. The Danube Bike Trail passes Wachau on both banks of the Danube and is very well groomed. One must not miss an excursion by ship when visiting Wachau. The ships are scheduled between Melk and Krems, and the guests can enjoy the beautiful cultivated landscape with its vineyards passing by. Cultural highlights of a holiday in Wachau are the famous religious foundations Stift Melk and Göttweig. And the Wachau wine is widely renowned, of highest quality and internationally esteemed. A visit to a wine-grower is a must, to learn more about viniculture and to taste the delicious wines. The holiday in Wachau is topped by the rich extensive culinary scene.

 


Wachau Hotel Donauhof

 

The Wachau Hotel Donauhof is situated right at the Danube in the romantic wine-growers’ place Weissenkirchen. The small, charming hotel (13 rooms, 26 beds) with its personal atmosphere and tasteful ambience is the ideal place for your Wachau holiday – due to its central location, the highlights of Wachau can be reached in just a few minutes by car. Your hostesses will be pleased to assist you with lots of hot tips for your holiday in Wachau. The rooms (all non-smoking), furnished and decorated with love and care, invite to relax and to enjoy the view of the Danube or the vineyards.

 

 

A special highlight of the Hotel Donauhof is the delicious breakfast buffet which tops every expectation. Regional culinary treats, health-food corner, home-made jams and pastries and much more wait for our guests to give them an ideal start into a day to enjoy your holiday in Wachau. The lovely breakfast room with a view of the Danube invites to linger, and in summer we serve the breakfast on the magnificent terrace right next to the apricot orchard. During the day, the garden terrace is the place to relax; in the evening, our guests get together in the cosy wine tavern “Donaustüberl” with a good glass of Wachau wine. Numerous wine pubs and restaurants can be reached from the hotel on foot. Open: March till November.

 
Room rates:

from € 49.00 to € 60.00 (depending on period of stay) per person and night in double room including breakfast buffet. Single rooms on request.

 

 
The Wachau wine-growers and wines

  

Wachau wines have an excellent reputation – the Wachau’s vintners are among the best worldwide at every competition. It was the Romans who have laid the foundations for cultivating wine in Wachau. The main grape is the Grüner Veltliner, but also the Riesling is world-renowned. A typical feature of Wachau are the rustic “Heurigen”, wine taverns where the wine-growers offer their (new) wines and rich local culinary treats.

 

 

 

 

 

The river Danube

 

The river Danube, Europe’s second-longest stream, flows majestically through the idyllic World Heritage Region Wachau. The Danube has always been an important trade route and brought prosperity to the region. More information on the Danube shipping history can be obtained in the shipping museum in Spitz in Wachau. The scheduled excursion steamers on the Danube in Wachau are an important offer for our guests, and many Danube cruise liners have a stopover in Wachau. In summer, the Danube invites swimmers to take its challenge.

 


Spitz on the Danube and Dürnstein

 

The well-known typical Wachau towns Spitz on the Danube and Dürnstein are located quite near Weissenkirchen. In connection with Dürnstein, one thinks of the religious foundation Stift Dürnstein and the ruins. The blue tower of the baroque collegiate church is the famous landmark of Dürnstein and Wachau. The English King Richard Lion-Heart has been held prisoner in today’s ruin Dürnstein, former robber barons’ Kuenringer’s fortress. Tourists from all parts of the world are fascinated by Dürnstein and its picturesque old town. In the middle of Spitz on the Danube, the Tausendeimerberg (thousand buckets mountain) can be admired. It is said that 1000 buckets of wine can be harvested in a good year. Spitz is a pretty wine-growers’ place and famous for its festivities. The “annual apricots day” and also the midsummer celebrations lure many guests to Spitz.

 

 

Melk and Krems

 

Melk and Krems form the boundary of the region Wachau. Stift Melk is the “entrance” to Wachau in the west, and the eastern border is marked by Stift Göttweig opposite Krems. The imposing Stift Melk lies majestically on a rock above the Danube; when staying in Wachau, you must not miss to visit Melk. The city of Krems is impressive with its renovated buildings and the “art mile” with its high-calibre exhibitions.