The Wachau Valley can be explored by road, with stop-offs at several vineyards for tastings and tours of the cellars. Day trips also include a visit to the pretty village of Dürnstein and its castle ruins, where English King Richard the Lionheart was held captive in 1192, as well as a tour of the massive Baroque Melk Abbey at the western end of the valley.
To escape the city vibe completely, take a guided bike tour through the Wachau Valley to appreciate the glorious scenery, hillside villages and hilltop castles at a slower pace; this day out involves a train trip from Vienna before picking up a bike and cycling through six pretty villages, with a tour around Dürnstein Castle. Visit family-owned wineries not usually open to the public to sample the produce and there’s even time for a swim in the Danube – weather permitting.
And if you are short on time, then Vienna is the only capital city in the world that has extensive vineyards within its boundaries, mostly producing white rieslings and red merlots. Take an hour’s trip to a traditional heuringer (a rustic Viennese wine bar) to learn about local vintages and to sample two each of red and white in the restaurant’s vinothek (tasting shop) and maybe even decide to stay on and experience traditional Viennese cooking afterwards.
Tours & Tickets
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
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)
Capture mesmerizing city views of Vienna and combine these with good food and wine for a memorable tour of Viennese nightlife.
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)