Wachau is an Austrian valley with picturesque landscape formed by Danube river. Wachau Valley is one of the most notable tourist destinations in Lower Austria, situated midway between the towns of Krems and Melk that also appeals to "connoisseurs and epicureans" due to its high-quality wines.
Wachau Valley is 40 kilometres (25 miles) in length, already settled during prehistoric times. A popular site and tourist attraction is Durnstein - King Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held capture by Duke Leopold V. The dominant features of Wachau Valley include the architectural elegance of ancient monasteries like Gottweig Abbey and Melk Abbey, ruins and castles combined with urban architecture in its villages and towns, and the cultivation of vines as a major agricultural produce.
In December 2000, Wachau Valley was inscribed in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites as "Wachau Cultural Landscape" in recognition of its agricultural and architectural history.
The historical monuments in Wachau are more than 5000, including The Benedictine abbeys of Gottweig (monastery of canons regular) and Melk (Stift Melk, massive baroque Benedictine monastery), at the beginning/end of the picturesque Wachau section of Danube Valley from where one gets visual feast of Melk city; Schallaburg Castle (Renaissance style castle 4 km (2.5 miles) from Melk; Steiner Tor in Krems /Krems an der Donau (late-Gothic Piarist church); Durnstein for its wine growing region and Durnstein castle; Burgruine Aggstein.
Highlights: Forests, castles, monasteries, vineyards
Wachau Valley cruise terminal
The following map shows all main port destinations included in most Wachau Valley cruise itineraries.
The following map of Wachau Valley shows all main river cruise ports in Germany, Austria and Hungary included in most itineraries.
Port Wachau Valley cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Wachau Valley, Austria. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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