Wachau World Heritage Trail: historic natural beauty
This picturesque trail follows historic paths through one of the world’s most charming wine-growing regions, where steep, sun-drenched vineyards meet up with apricot orchards and stone terraces that overlook the scenic Danube Valley. En route, hikers step back in time through Renaissance towns and wine villages, castle ruins and centuries-old monasteries. UNESCO was so enchanted that, in 2000, it designated the 180-km (nearly 112-mi) route a World Heritage Trail.
Hikers can spend a week tackling the whole trail or a few hours on one of 14 legs. The various routes reward all with peaceful stretches of solitude and glorious ridge-top views over the Danube. An impressive panorama of vineyards and the river below can be seen from Aggstein Castle, one of Austria’s most famous fortresses. The Dürnstein Kanzel offers a fantastic overlook of the Danube loop between Dürnstein and Weißenkirchen. Those who find the river irresistible can ride the currents on routes that include ferry connections. Later stop at a roadside tavern for apricot dumplings and other Wachau specialties, including elegant wines, and reflect on a day full of discovery.
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