Lower Austria, known as “the cradle of Austria’s history”, is the largest of the nine federal states and also Austria’s largest wine region. This designation stands for a big variety of different types of wine. This province is famous for its Wachau Valley, which has a scenic landscape formed by the Danube and is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria. The Wachau Valley was inscribed as “Wachau Cultural Landscape” in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history.
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The Ruin of Dürnstein
Situated 159 meters above the city of Dürnstein, the castle was built in XVI centuries. It is famous for the imprisonment of the English King Richard Lion Heart in 1192-1193 by Duke Leopold V of Austria during the Third Crusade. He was rescued by the troubadour Blondel de Nesle who is still called “Blondel” due to his of his “golden” hair colour. The legend says that in order to find the King, Blondel took the decision to wander around Europe, singing a particular song that was only known by both of them. When suddenly he heard a voice singing back to him. It was the King! Finally, he succeeded to find his position and liberate him in return for a ransom.
The Abbey Göttweig was built in the 11th century and is located on a hill, 449 m above the sea level in the Dunkelsteiner Forest. The Göttweig monastery wine estate is over 900 years old and has been paced on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001. With 26 hectares of vineyards in the Wachau and the Krems valley, it is among the largest in the region and one of the oldest in Austria. The early record of viticulture in the Göttweig abbey, in 1083, is of unique significance for Lower Austria. Visitors will experience great hospitality as well as art and culture from all over the world.
Loisium Langenlois – Wine Experience
The Loisium Langenlois offers a staged colourful world of experience around the subject of wine. The 900 years old cellar labyrinth can be visited with an audio guide or a guided tour. After the tour the architecturally interesting visitor centre, designed by New York architect Steven Holl, surrounded by vineyards can be lionized.
Seven centuries of history can be seen in the architecture of the Grafenegg Palace. Expanded in the 19th century, it has become Austria’s most important example of historicism. The park with rare, exotic trees and a theatre ruin is one of the most representative ensembles of those times. Next to the historic castle, a futuristic open-air stage is placed where high-profile gigs and concerts are performed.
The Abbey in Melk is a Benedictine abbey and amongst the world’s most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop and used to be a palace. It is possible to explore the organ recital, the museum, the library and the baroque garden pavilion of the Abbey Melk with a guided tour, in a group or as individual visitor. Guided tours are also available in English daily at 10.55 am & 2.55 pm.
Rosenburg Renaissance Castle
Situated on a cliff above the Kamp Valley, the Rosenburg Renaissance Castle offers a variety of experiences. It is one of the most beautiful castle in Austria. Not only the interior of the palace, but also the garden, which is used as an arena for falconry shows, is definitely worth a trip. Visitors can experience raptors within their natural environment up close.
If you would like to have even more adventure, you can also combine this experience with the High Rope Climbing Park Rosenburg. Visitors will get a profound introduction on how to use the equipment right before they will be entrusted to go and experience the climbing park themselves. The park consists of different courses that are of diverse difficulty.
The Garden Tulln
Tullns’ story began more than 2,000 years ago. Nowadays it is a wealthy and culturally advanced city alongside the Danube. “The Garden Tulln” is the main attraction for garden lovers. It has been opened in 2008 as a state garden show, presented 60 extravagant show gardens and is still accessible.
Sonnentor – Herb Senses Experience Tour
Sonnentor is a local producer of organic tea, spices and other delicious little treats located in Sprögnitz. The company has been growing successfully with shops and outlets all over Austria. It is well known for its original and high quality products. At the site a number of nature related activities can be explored, such as the herb hiking trail as well as the herb garden. Moreover a cosy and nicely decorated shop with cookies, crackers and other things to taste is ready to be experienced.
The Klosterneuburg monastery is a twelfth-century Augustinian monastery of the Roman Catholic Church located in the town of Klosterneuburg. It has been founded in 1114 by Saint Leopold III of Babenberg and can be seen as an architectural jewel of Austria. Since the monastery is also Austria’s oldest and largest winery a winery tour is a must.
Archaeological Park Carnuntum
Carnuntum used to be a city of emperors. Today it is reborn and ready to be explored by curious visitors. The basic types of architecture in a Roman city have been reconstructed in order to let visitors experience how life could have been like in the ancient times. Houses, as well as splendid city mansions and public baths can be seen. Carnuntum is part of Austria’s history and therefore makes people connect to the region and its culture as well as habits.
Haydn Birthplace in Rohrau
This museum is specially dedicated to Joseph Haydn. On March 31, 1732, Joseph was born in the old farmhouse. Many exhibits offer an insight into the life and work of this composer: birth-room, smoke kitchen, Baroque room and living area with original farmhouse furniture. This is today a significant memorial in order to preserve the memory of this talented man, who have left his mark in the classical period.