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The Wachau Valley is a stretch of the Danube River between Melk and Krems in Lower Austria. It has been peopled since prehistoric times. How do we know this? Because its surrounding mountains contains traces of millennia of civilization, from agricultural use to architecture including villages, castles and monasteries, particularly dating from medieval times. Melk Abbey is rich in art and history and is a good place to start. Another way to see the area is by boat cruise down the Danube, seeing the many villages unfold as you round each bend in the river.

In 2002, UNESCO listed it as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape so it must be good.

Practical Info

A train runs from Vienna to Melk or St Polten, the capital of Lower Austria. From here you can take a boat cruise along the Danube River or the train to Krems.

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Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

4.5 star rating: Recommended 581 Reviews

The Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna reveals the exquisite beauty of the Wachau Valley. You'll travel through gorgeous Austrian countryside and take a ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $94.30

Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 59 Reviews

Spend a day away from Vienna to discover the picturesque Wachau Valley in the Austrian countryside on this small-group, fully guided tour. Satisfy your ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $157.17

Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 191 Reviews

Spend a day in the Austrian countryside on this bike tour from Vienna! Enjoy wine tasting, easy biking through breathtaking scenery, swimming in the Danube and ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $80.63

Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Spend a day cycling and wine tasting your way through one of Austria’s most beautiful winemaking regions: the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Wachau Valley. After ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.17

Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour and Wine Tastings from Vienna

Explore Wachau Valley, Austria’s premier winemaking region, on a full-day tour with a private guide! After leaving Vienna, travel into the heart of the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $154.44

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