Dürrnstein Village at Wachau Valley
Dürrnstein Village Church
Melk Abbey Entrace
Stift Melk Paintings
Stift Melk (© Stift Melk)
Melk Abbey Gardens
Melk Abbey Musem
Wachau Valley River Cruise
Wachau Valley Vineyards
This Wachau valley and Melk Abbey private tour from Vienna takes us to an extraordinary place, not only is it popular with foreign tourists, but it is even a beloved sightseeing destination for Austrians too. Just upstream from Vienna above the banks of the Blue Danube River are orchards, terraced vineyards and charming little villages steeped in history: this is “Wachau Valley”. Over a distance of 40 km between Melk and Krems with UNESCO sites, interesting history and beautiful scenery the Wachau is waiting.
After just an hour’s drive from Vienna, we reach Krems an der Donau, the eastern gateway to the Wachau Valley. It pre dates the 10th century. Here we visit can the Pfarrkirche St.Veit also known as Cathedral of the Wachau and we spend some time in the attractive Krems old town area. A well known local product is Marillenschnaps, an apricot brandy.
Our next stop will be at the ancient village Dürnstein dominated by its 14th century monastery. Up on a ridge above the village we can see the ruined castle standing alone. Legend has it that English King Richard I, also known as “Richard the Lion Heart”, had been imprisoned and held for ransom here in 1192.We can stroll through the village or even hike up to the castle ruins. The 20 minutes uphill will reward you with stories from the legend and great views.
Further to the ancient wine-grower village Spitz which is considered the heart of the Wachau Valley. This 9thcentury village with its Baroque square and uneven cobblestone streets has a natural and rustic beauty. Near the 15th century Gothic church old wine cellars invite you for a tasting. We make a lunch break with traditional local dishes sitting outside in the shade of the trees.
After lunch on the way to Melk Abbey we drive along the Danube river passing many of the famous Apricot orchards, and roadside stalls where you can purchase fruits, jams and liqueurs directly from the farmer. Melk Abbey is Austria’s largest Baroque style building with a long history. Nearly 1000 years of Melk Abbey, it began as a residence of Emperor Leopold I and his successor Leopold II gave it to Benedictine monks from Lambach. In 12th century a monastic school was established. In the great library many valuable manuscripts have been written and collected. At the Abbey we can visit the library, museum, church, the famous marble hall and the Baroque gardens.
|01st January to 31st December|
|Tour Start||09:00 am|