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The Wachau, a wine growing area renowned throughout the world, begins just where the magnificent baroque Abbey Melk arises on the southern bank; it is also a pleasure garden, and one of the most beautiful river valleys. In 2000, the Wachau was declared part of the UNESCO World heritage. This unique work of art, in its entirety, extends up to the city of Krems 40 km downstream.

Dreams of a relaxing and pleasurable holiday can be realized anew, everyday, in the Danube district of Wachau-Nibelungengau. There are splendid castles and forts, interesting museums and culture parks, as well as the bewitching landscape which invite you to various activities, or just laze about.

Traces of the rich heritage are visible at several locations: such as fertility statues dating back to primitive times, or solid walls from the Roman era. Or forts from the middle ages and conglomerations of cities, baroque churches, world-class castles and foundations: such as the Abbey of Melk, Göttweig Abbey or the little town of Dürnstein, to name just a few.

Water has the power to attract, inspire, fascinate, refresh and give life. Legends about the mighty river with so many faces abound. Tranquil banks and mysterious alluvial forests invite you to unwind and discover. Those who wish to look at the shores from the water can travel down the Danube by ship.

The Danube cycling track is perhaps one of the best known and most popular ones in Europe. Coursing through cycle paths and streets that are seldom driven on, this track accompanies the Danube along a stretch of 260 km, in Lower Austria.