WEISSENKIRCHEN, AUSTRIA — Thursday, December 3

The UNESCO World Heritage Wachau Valley landscape unfolds before you as we moor at Weissenkirchen. The Wachau is beautiful (“of high visual quality” in UNESCO-speak). Its cultural significance springs from roots extending into pre-history, and the farmsteads, terraced vineyards, village cores, and orchards you’ll see took shape in early medieval times, evolving in place ever since. Your exploration of the nearby town of Durnstein and its vicinity can take two forms: you can take a walking tour of Durnstein, absorbing its links with King Richard the Lionhearted of England (ca. 1157– 1199), and sample local wines or local apricot sweets. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can take a guided 15 mile bike ride from Durnstein to Melk taking in the natural and cultural landscapes of the Wachau, meeting the rest of the group at Melk Abbey.

Maps

»» Austrian Danube: Downloadable brochures and maps (scroll down for English) »»

»» Nations Online.org: Political Map of Austria »»

»» Wikivoyage: Map of Weissenkirchen, Austria »»


Included Excursions

Dürnstein walking tour with wine tasting and Dürnstein excursion with apricot and sweets tastings OR Weissenkirchen to Melk bike tour

local TOURISM WEBSITE

»» Official Site: The Danube in Lower Austria »»

General Info / Wikipedia

»» Wikipedia: Austria »»

»» Wikipedia: Wachau »»

»» ICPDR: Nature Protection on the Danube »»

Cultural Thoughts

»» Unesco World Heritage: Wachau Cultural Landscape »»

»» Wikipedia: Durnstein Castle »»

»» Wikipedia: Anschluss/World War II »»

»» Wine Enthusiast: Austria's Wine Regions »»