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Wachau Valley Tours

With rolling vineyards of grapes and apricots, plus a collection of more than 5,000 historic monuments, it's no wonder that the Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Austria's most popular tourist attractions. The Danube River carves a picturesque path through the valley's towns of Melk and Krems, uniting a harmonious blend of wineries, Gothic churches, and medieval castles.

The Basics

The Wachau Valley (Danube Valley) is most commonly visited on a day-trip from Vienna. Wine tasting is regularly at the top of Wachau Valley tours' itineraries, as is Melk Abbey, an 11th-century Benedictine monastery adorned with bright frescoes. The valley is also a popular place for a bike tour thanks to its flat paths and stunning scenery.

Full-day tours typically combine visits to the castle ruins of Burgruine Durnstein, the village of Spitz, and the medieval town of Krems with a Danube River cruise. Energetic sightseers can also add Salzburg — the birthplace of Mozart and setting for 'The Sound of Music' to their schedule on an excursion that covers the Salzkammergut Valley and Salzburg's Mirabell Palace and Gardens. Lower Austria's close proximity to Bratislava and Budapest, the respective capitals of Slovakia and Hungary, make the region an ideal launchpad for exploring more of Europe.
  • History buffs and wine lovers are spoiled for choice of things to do in Wachau Valley.
  • The region can be explored by car, coach bus, or bike.
  • Most tours include hotel pickup and dropoff in Vienna.

How to Get to the Wachau Valley
From Wien Westbahnhof in central Vienna, catch the REX train to Melk Bahnof (a one-hour journey) or to Krems, which requires changing trains at St. Polten. If visiting from Salzburg, you should also change trains at St. Polten for the REX line destined for Melk. Although catching the train to Melk is a breeze (especially from Vienna), it's best to explore the valley with a tour guide as part of a sightseeing or biking tour. With more than 5,000 historic landmarks, it's tough to see the best independently.

When to Get There

The spring months of March to May are undoubtedly the best time to visit the Wachau Valley, when wine and food festivals such as the Wachau Gourmet Festival and Wachau Weinfr¸hling take place. In late March and early April, the area's landscapes are awash with the pastel-pink blossoms of apricot trees.

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Small-Group Wachau Bike Tour with Wine-Tasting from Vienna, Vienna, null
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Small-Group Wachau Bike Tour with Wine-Tasting from Vienna

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage–listed landscapes of Wachau by kickbike on this full-day small-group tour from Vienna. Visit the castle monastery of Stift ...  Read more

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

From USD $146.13
Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna, Vienna, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Melk Abbey and Danube Valley Day Trip from Vienna

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This day trip takes you from Vienna to the Wachau, a picturesque valley along the Danube. You will see many medieval castles, grand monasteries and a ...  Read more

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

From USD $92.35
Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna, Vienna, Day Trips
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Day Trip to Salzburg from Vienna

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed town of Salzburg and explore centuries of European history on this day trip from Vienna. Travel through the ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $139.12
Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna, Vienna, Day Trips
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Wine Tasting Bike Tour departing Vienna

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

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

From USD $98.20
Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna, Vienna, Day Trips
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Wachau Valley Small-Group Tour and Wine Tasting from Vienna

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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 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $139.12
Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna, Vienna, Day Trips
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Wachau Valley Winery Small-Group Bike Tour from Vienna

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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: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.51
Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna, Vienna, Bike & ... 
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Private Tour: Wachau Valley Tour, Melk Abbey Visit, and Wine Tastings from Vienna

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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 $132.10
Wachau hike for small group (day trip, 3 hrs walking time), Vienna, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Wachau hike for small group (day trip, 3 hrs walking time)

This panoramic hike leads us along the famous world heritage trail in the Wachau region, Lower Austria. We will start in Weißenkirchen, a beautiful ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 5 to 6 hrs

From USD $73.65
2-Hour Easy Small-Group Hiking Tour on Buchberg Mountain in Beautyfull Wachau Valley from Vienna, ... 
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2-Hour Easy Small-Group Hiking Tour on Buchberg Mountain in Beautyfull Wachau Valley from Vienna

Enjoy a half-day trip with a 2 hour hike for beginners and families in Austria's famous Wachau Valley, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in recognition of ...  Read more

Location: Vienna, Austria
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $116.90
Private Sightseeing Trip from Vienna to Český Krumlov via Durnstein, Melk, and Rožmberk Castle, ... 
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Private Sightseeing Trip from Vienna to Český Krumlov via Durnstein, Melk, and Rožmberk Castle

Explore UNESCO–listed treasures in the Wachau Valley on this private 8-hour sightseeing trip from Vienna to Český Krumlov via Durnstein, Melk, and ...  Read more

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

From USD $409.05

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