Schloss Dürnstein Relais & Chateaux
World Heritage Site World Heritage Site
In 2000, the cultural region of the Wachau, which includes the monasteries in Melk and Göttweig as well as the old city of Krems, became officially designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Wachau is a length of river land just over 30 km long between Krems an der Donau and Melk, originating from the Danube’s water gap through the Bohemian Massif and existing as the border region to Austria’s granite-gneiss plateau. Its highest points are the Jauerling (960 m) and Sandl (723 m). The Wachau lies on the border between two quarters of Lower Austria, with the Mostviertel to the south and the Waldviertel to the north. It also contains the Spitzer Graben, a tributary of the Danube.
Wine Wine
Wines from the Wachau are known worldwide for their outstanding quality. The region’s winegrowing tradition began during the time when Ancient Romans occupied the Wachau and began to blossom during the reign of the Carolingians. During the middle ages, Wachau wines were already famous far beyond the borders of Austria. In the case that you have an affinity for wine, the Wachau offers many possibilities for you to pursue your interests.

Not only are the Wachau wines worth trying, but the nearby regions of Kremstal, Kamptal, and Traisental ought to also be included in every Lower Austrian wine tour.
Apricots Apricots
The Chinese already knew of the apricot, regionally known here as the “Marille,” around 3000-2000 BC. You can trace its cultivation path throughout western Europe across Italy, Spain, and France, introduced later on to the Danube region as it was brought across the Black Sea and the Danube. The oldest known reference to the fruit in the Danube region, July 23, 1509, was found in the Starhemberg family archive’s letter collection in Eferding near Linz. In the capitularies of Charlemagne, which cited known varieties of fruits, the apricot is not even mentioned once, since it was included with peaches from the 3rd century to the 16th century. The French term “abricot” brought the name “Aprikose” to western and northern Germany, where it is still conventionally used today. In south Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, the name “Marille” became commonplace, probably related to the Italian “armellino” and similar terms. These originated from the Latin “armeniaca” meaning from Armenia. From the terms “Amarellen” and “Morellen” came the word “Marille.”
Heuriger Heuriger
In Austria, heuriger, literally meaning “this year’s,” is a young wine as well as the local tavern where that wine is served. A heuriger can either concern itself with being a limited wine restaurant that offers its own seasonal, local wine and fare or as a managed hospitality business. The legal right wine producers have to serve their own wine in their own house has its origins in a 1784 decree from Emperor Joseph II. Heurigers were originally established to present the winemakers and the people living in their respective towns and environs the newest wine from the latest harvest.
Boat Rides Boat Rides
Not only is looking down at the Danube an experience, but so is vice-versa, when you relax in a boat and can look up at the surrounding scenery drifting by.
Dürnstein’s ferry has distinguished itself as a historically-conscious undertaking by using traditionally-outfitted flat-bottomed boats. They can bring you to your choice of stops along the banks of the Danube throughout the Wachau. How about trips to the heurigen, museum, a special restaurant, or even just to visit some friends?

Try out riding in a classic Danube boat today!
Ship Rides Ship Rides
Multiple times a day (between April and October), you can take larger Danube ships between Krems and Melk, which allow you to experience the Wachau from an entirely different vantage point.

You can purchase tickets immediately before their departures at the boarding dock. We also highly recommend taking a one-way bike trip and then comfortably relaxing on the ship for the return journey.