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Depending on the itinerary you choose, a Danube river cruise can be your gateway to some of Austria’s most iconic cities and historic places of interest. This beautiful river passes through the northeast of the country after beginning its journey in Germany and indeed, it is fitting that Strauss (who composed his Blue Danube in honour of the river), was born in Austria.
Situated along the banks of the Danube River, Vilshofen is a charming riverside town best-known for its breath-taking landscapes and traditional architecture. The city seamlessly integrates authentic Bavarian charm with modern amenities, presenting a valuable opportunity to explore the quaint city streets, visit local landmarks and experience the region's rich cultural heritage.
Weissenkirchen, Austria, is situated in the heart of the Wachau Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its breath-taking hillsides adorned with vineyards. Visitors find themselves enamoured by the village's stunning architecture, in particular the iconic church tower, and are invited to indulge in the local wines for a truly immersive experience.
Vienna is the capital and largest city of Austria. Located on the Danube River in the East of the country, the city is renowned for its strong music heritage and rich culture, and is the largest German speaking city in the world, outside of Berlin. In 2001, Vienna was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and boasts magnificent architecture. The city is home to over 27 castles and 150 palaces including the symbolic Gothic St Stephen’s Cathedral and the iconic Schönbrunn Palace. Art and music are in abundance and all tastes are catered for. Live music venues offer everything from Rock to Opera. Enjoy world class performances at Vienna State Opera and experience the epicentre of international concert life at Musikverein. Modern and historical art can be found in indoor and outdoor spaces around the city, and a visit to the famous Kunsthistorisches Museum (KHM) is highly recommended. Enjoy views of the city from the Danube Tower and the Giant Ferris Wheel, then relax in the ample cosy coffee houses, cafes, bars and restaurants where traditional and international cuisines are served, as well as the locally produced wines.
Mauthausen, Austria, was once the site of the notorious Mauthausen concentration camp during World War II. Today, its remnants serve as a sobering reminder of the atrocities, and stand as a poignant memorial site giving visitors a space to reflect on that dark period in history.
Linz is a city in northern Austria located on both banks of the Danube River and is a short distance from Salzburg and Vienna. Linz has been awarded UNESCO City of Media Arts status and prides itself on offering a broad spectrum of events, activities and cultural institutions. Enjoy popular open air concert such as Klassik am Dom and extravagant street performances, which attract large crowds and popular international artists. Art galleries and centres are in abundance around the city as well as many museums housing international collections and depictions of the history and heritage of Linz. The architecture of the city also plays an important role in Linz’s cultural heritage with Main Square, Old Town and Mariendom Cathedral being some key attractions. Families will enjoy a trip to Postlingberg, located high up in the mountains and featuring a zoo, the Grottenbahn and spectacular views of the river and city below.
Salzburg, tucked away in the heart of Austria, is a city with music and harmony woven deeply into the tapestry of its culture, as it was once the birthplace of the legendary Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Paying tribute to its orchestral legacy, Salzburg now hosts the annual Mozart Festival, attracting a global audience of classical music enthusiasts. What's more, the city's historic old town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and features historic landmarks such as Hohensalzburg Fortress and the iconic Mirabell Palace and Gardens, offering visitors a journey through centuries of history.
Situated on the banks of the Danube river, Aschach boasts idyllic landscapes, rich culture and a tranquil retreat for visitors. The vibrant local community, serene riverside promenade and historic architecture contribute to the town's appeal as a must-see Austrian destination.
Spitz, Austria, is a charming village situated in the Wachau Valley along the Danube River. A popular destination in the heart of the Wachau region, Spitz lies encompassed by terraced vineyards producing world-renowned Austrian wines, offering an enticing blend of natural beauty and cultural enchantment.
Dürnstein is a town located in the Northeast of Austria, situated on the Danube river. It is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site and wine region of Wachauer. It is a popular destination for wine lovers as many wineries offer accommodation. In addition to wine tasting and vineyard tours, visitors will find exploring the area on foot is easy and enjoyable. Take one of the many beautiful hiking trails across ancient rocks and admire the impressive views across the Danube valley. Children will enjoy exploring the outdoors of Dürnstein too, with outdoor playgrounds and theme trails available to keep them entertained. In addition, children and adults will enjoy Austria’s only outdoor biological swimming pool, Kuenringerbad, with an average temperature of 23 degrees celsius. Enjoy views of the town from overhead helicopter tours, leisurely river excursions, or hike up into the mountains and explore some of Dürnstein’s ruins. The mountains offer the ruins of Dürnstein castle and city wall as well as beautiful flora and fauna to spot.
Aggsbach, situated within the Wachau Valley alongside the Danube River, is best known for providing a serene ambience against a backdrop of hillsides adorned with vineyards. Visitors are taken in by the beauty of the surrounding landscapes as they meander along the riverside, entranced by the charm of the picturesque Austrian locale.
Krems an der Donau is a city in Northeast Austria located approximately forty three miles from Vienna. The city is situated on the banks of the river Danube and is one of the oldest of the Wachau Valley. Krems prides itself on historical preservation and has recently been awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status. The history of the city dates back more than a thousand years with evidence found in its streets, squares, monasteries, churches and fortifications. Krems is also a modern city which celebrates its contemporary art and modern literature as well as being a leader in biotech application research. Exploring Krems is easily done on foot with city walking tours being very popular. Discover Old Krems and the Art Mile and learn about the city’s rich history at Museum Krems. As with many wine cities, food and drink is in abundance with popular restaurants and wine bars housed in historical buildings which enhance and deepen the dining and wine tasting experience.
Grein, home of the historic 15th century Greinburg castle, is a delightful town situated on the banks of the Danube River. Overlooked by the historic landmark, the town is set against picturesque mountains and landscapes and offers visitors a glimpse into Austria's abundant culture.
Sitting on the banks of the Danube River, Emmersdorf is an enchanting village recognised for its striking architecture, particularly its parish church. Framed by rolling hills, Emmersdorf is home to a number of breath-taking parks, gardens and vineyards, immersing visitors into the scenic surroundings and cultural richness that defines the village.
Recognised for the magnificent Engelszell Abbey, Engelhartszell an der Donau is a serene village celebrated for incredible natural beauty and rich history. Characterised by its brewing traditions, idyllic landscapes and lush surrounding forests, Engelhartszell an der Donau is a perfect opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Austria's countryside beauty.
Melk is an Austrian town situated on the River Danube. Located west of Vienna, the town is mostly famous for its 11th Century Melk Abbey, a magnificent monastery built high above the town. Melk Abbey is the largest example of Baroque architecture in the Wachau Valley, with the valley itself awarded UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2000. Its steep terraced vineyards mean vinters cultivate with traditional manual practices and the springtime sees this unique landscape covered in apricot tree blossoms. Strolling around the streets of Melk Old Town, visitors will find the Town Hall Square, the Main Square, the old Post Office, now a local museum, Old Abbey Tavern, and Kremser Strasse. River cruises, self-guided walking tours and cycle tours are also extremely popular around Melk, as the Wachau Valley offers unique landscape to be explored and enjoyed. Art festivals and Baroque music is celebrated each year with the Melk Baroque Days, an international festival.
Neuhofen an der Ybbs is a must-visit for adventurers and nature lovers, nestled in the foothills of the Alps. The perfect destination to hike, ski and explore natural wonders, Austria's countryside enchants with its historic architecture, quaint streets and traditional Alpine charm. The Ybbs River meanders gracefully through the town, offering an idyllic retreat for relaxation and outdoor activities.