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Stunning wines, views, and history, just upstream from Vienna.
Famous for producing many of Austria's best wines, including some of Europe's most beloved dry whites, the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley is stuffed with photogenic vistas, historic architecture, and wineries and taverns to stop by. The imposing 11th century Melk Abbey is a treasure trove of Baroque architecture, paintings, and frescoes, and home to one of the world's oldest schools. The ruins of the 12th century Durnstein Castle once held Richard the Lionheart, but now look down upon the town of Durnstein, with its charming blue and white steeple. While King Richard was regretting the Crusader rivalry that got him locked away, nearby Krems was equal to Vienna in size and splendor, and has retained some reminders of its past glory. A must for wine-lovers, the Wachau Valley has plenty to please any lovers of the outdoors and history.

Popular Wachau Valley Vacation Itineraries

Our suggested itineraries in Wachau Valley allow you to enjoy a multi-destination tour with ease. Our Wachau Valley vacation packages make traveling in Austria and neighboring countries hassle-free. We take care of getting you from place to place, accommodation, excursions and activities.

Frequently Asked Questions about travel to Wachau Valley

What's the best location to stay at in the Wachau Valley?
We suggest to book a hotel either in Melk or in Krems an der Donau as these towns are probably the best for this purpose.
What's the best way to get around in the Wachau Valley?
There are a couple of ways to enjoy the beautiful sights and towns in the Wachau Valley. First and foremost, especially if you are in a good shape, renting a bike for a couple of days is an excellent idea to get around as there are good quality roads along the river.
Secondly, using the cruise that runs between Melk and Krems is also a good idea. Be sure to plan ahead though, as there are only two cruises per day.
And lastly, if you are arriving by car, it could be the fastest way to get around.
Is it worth staying more than one night in the Wachau Valley?
It strongly depends on what type of trip you are looking for. In case you would like to have a more active trip with lots of walking, hiking or biking, then the answer is definitely yes, as the Wachau Valley offers a lot for people who are looking for such trips. But if you prefer sightseeing, then even just a short stop is enough in Melk for example.
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