8 hours, by hired minivan with driver, max. 6 persons
My Private Wachau Valley Day Trip from Vienna is for travelers fascinated by picturesque landscapes. You will spend the day exploring the beautiful Danube Valley, famous for its wine, apricots and the baroque Melk Abbey.
The Wachau Cultural Landscape is inscribed in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. It is the region between the towns of Melk and Krems on the river Danube, one hour and a half driving from Vienna. It is a well-known wine producing region, mainly for white wines of the grape variety Grüner Veltliner, typical for Austria. Tasting the local wines, which are among the best white wines worldwide, is recommended.
On this excursion by sedan or minivan with a personal driver and me, your private guide, you will admire a scenic and cultivated landscape of terraced vineyards, orchards and castles along the river Danube. The cultural highlight of the day is a guided visit to the Melk Abbey (Stift Melk), one of the most significant baroque buildings in Austria with its splendidly decorated church and its particularly noteworthy library.
Follows lunch and wine tasting (optional) at a wine producer and/or a vinothek (regional wine shop) in Spitz or Weissenkirchen and a walk in the charming Dürnstein, before we head back to Vienna.
The expenses for the visit to Stift Melk (16 EUR/person), wine tasting (6-25 EUR/person) and lunch (15-30 EUR/person) are not included in the price.
Tourism in the Wachau began with the introduction of the railway. After the Second World War, numerous Austrian film productions were made in the Wachau, e.g .: The Hofrat Geiger, Mariandl with the continuation of Mariandl’s Homecoming. The popular hit Mariandl (“… from the Wachauer Landl, Landl”) based on the melody by Hans Lang and the text by Kurt Nachmann made the area famous.
You can taste wines from Wachau also on my Vienna by Night tour in one of the vinotheks in Vienna.