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In the heart of the Wachau World Heritage Site

Find yourself in the Wachau valley. Stop and then just let go: The World Heritage Trail lets you conquer all the highs and lows of the Danube valley - across 13 minicipalities, the long-distance trail follows ancient routes, passing 20 castles, ruins and palaces in amongst stone terraces and steep vineyards in one of the most magical river valleys in Europe. 

Lots of hiking not for you? Then discover the banks of the Danube from a different perspective. Immerse yourself in a unique culture, from regional delicacies and internationally renowned festivals, to historical treasures. Whether it’s on a bike or on board a Danube cruise – our World Heritage Site always shows its best side. Wine never tastes as good anywhere as it does in the vineyard itself. And nowhere else will you be one with such an eventful history and moving present.

Our Hotel-Restaurant Kirchenwirt in Weißenkirchen in der Wachau provides the perfect point from which to discover our sunny region. You’ll feel in great hands – whether you choose an active holiday or simply to relax. Whether you choose our spa food optionsor to sample Wachau’s specialities. We can’t wait to welcome you.

The perfect location In one of the most charming river valleys
UNESCO World Heritage Site Picturesque wine villages and vineyards
Have an active, comfortable holiday Whether it's hiking, biking, golfing or swimming
All kinds of delicious Award-winning regional wines and specialities

The perfect place

For wine, apricots, excursions and of course... for you. You can only find that here. In the heart of the Austrian World Heritage Site of Wachau and in our Hotel-Restaurant Kirchenwirt in Weißenkirchen in der Wachau.

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The wine, the region and the culture

Dürnstein Abbey symbol

Dürnstein Abbey symbol

The baroque monastery of Dürnstein, with its distinctive blue-and-white church bell tower, is regarded as the most notable symbol of Wachau.

Dürnstein Abbey symbol

The picturesque abbey courtyard, an Augustine exhibition with a meditation path and a ceiling fresco by "Kremser Schmidt": This is the baroque Dürnstein abbey, widely regarded as the symbol of our region, with its distinctive bell tower. You can also visit the cloister and the crypt as part of a tour.

In the immediate vicinity lie the Dürnstein ruins, where Richard the Lionheart was held captive once upon a time. Those who tackle the peak, accessible all year round, are rewarded with magnificent panoramic views.

Hiking on Wachau World Heritage Trail

Hiking on Wachau World Heritage Trail

A long-distance trail on ancient routes through one of the most magical river landscapes of Europe, including the highest peak on the Danube.

Hiking on Wachau World Heritage Trail

Between the Danube, vineyards and apricots, the 180 km long hiking trail winds through the most beautiful routes and historical pathsof the Danube valley and the Wachau wine landscape – passing 20 castles, ruins and palaces, in amongst steep terraces and vineyards, three monasteries and the Jauerling – the highest peak on the Danube river.

The World Heritage Trail is divided into 14 stages, thereby offering unique ways to have an exceptional hiking holiday.

Golf

Golf

Swing your clubs and send some balls flying - over hills, water and green grass. The golf courses around the Danube offer variety for both beginners and experienced players.

Golf

Nestled into the changing landscapes with changing outlooks, the golf courses around the Danube offer variety for both beginners and experienced players. What’s on offer, uniquely designed around Weißenkirchen an der Donau, ensures some wonderful hours spent playing golf, whether it’s in Maria Taferl, Ottenstein, Atzenbrugg, St. Pölten or Lengenfeld.

By the way, our guests receive a green fee discount. We’ll be happy to reserve the tee-off time you want at the course you choose. 

Sandy beaches at Kirchenwirt

Sandy beaches at Kirchenwirt

Of course, there's no sea here. But there are idyllic spots with natural beaches along the Danube. A great place to stop and take a breath. Let go, jump in.

Sandy beaches at Kirchenwirt

Whether it's the white sandy beaches that grace the length of the Danube, open air swimming poolsin Spitz, Weißenkirchen and Melk, or the only entirely biological swimming pool in Lower Austria in Dürnstein, a beach holiday in the Wachau valley will soon make you forget that there's no sea!

Taking a dip not enough for you? We take care of the action, too. Wake boarding, water skiing, mono-skiing, canoeing or stand-up paddle boarding (SUP)... the final free-flowing stretch of the Danube, is unforgettable.

Sport in the area

Sport in the area

Biking and hiking not your thing? It doesn't have to be. Wachau is also the right choice for climbing, roller-skating, walking or playing tennis.

Sport in the area

Whether it’s on the Achleitenwand, a crag in Weißenkirchen itself, around the Dürnstein castle ruins or the Wachau ridge – the Wachau valley offers great, varied climbing in unique landscapes, for normal climbers, as well as those more used to sport or high-performance climbing.  Somewhat deeper into the Forest Quarter, a rope climbing garden has been created, for little and large visitors alike, right by the remarkable castle of Rosenburg. 

It’s easy to roller-skate or stroll along the banks of the Danube. And in Weißenkirchen itself, there is also a tennis court and beach volleyball pitch.

Benedictine Melk Abbey

Benedictine Melk Abbey

An icon of baroque architecture across Europe, dating back to 1089 AD, and the spiritual and cultural centre of the country for over 900 years.

Benedictine Melk Abbey

Palatial scale and excitingly designed museum rooms await visitors of the world-famous abbey, which has been continuously inhabited by Benedictine monks up until the present day.

The Emperor’s Staircase and imperial rooms, Marble Hall and Library, an unforgettable view from the balcony over the Danube valley, the high Baroque collegiate church with precious frescoes, paintings or the more-than-250-years-old Abbey park, Melk Abbey is a one of the best excursions in the area.

The Wachau valley on two wheels

The Wachau valley on two wheels

Mountain biking in the Dunkelsteiner forest or simply cycling along the Danube Cycle Path - one of the most beautiful cycling routes in Europe.

The Wachau valley on two wheels

Tire out your muscles and awaken your soul. Unique mountain biking through the Forest Quarter and the Dunkelsteiner Forest offers fun, family time and tough stretches or gentle routes along the Wachau Danube Valley, whichever you prefer. Here you’ll find everything a real biking region needs.

Our top tip? The Danube Cycle Path, one of the most beautiful bike paths in Europe , honoured with the ADFC quality bicycle route seal of approval.

A spiritual centre – Göttweig Abbey

A spiritual centre – Göttweig Abbey

The Austrian equivalent to the Montecassino has looked south towords the eastern side of the Wachau valley, south of Krems an der Donau, since 1083 AD.

A spiritual centre – Göttweig Abbey

The highest apricot gardens of the Wachau valley combined with baroque splendour. This is what you’ll find in the impressive Benedictine Göttweig monastery, a spiritual centre in the heart of Lower Austria.

The monumental Emperor’s Steps with a ceiling fresco by Paul Trogers is considered among the most beautiful and baroque staircases in Europe. There are similar art collections in the neighbouring princes and imperial rooms.

Pilgrimage Basilica of Maria Taferl

Pilgrimage Basilica of Maria Taferl

Lower Austria's national shrine to Our Lady of Sorrows, with majestic sweeping views over the Danube valley, right to the Alps.

Pilgrimage Basilica of Maria Taferl

At a height of 233 metres, the lower Austrian National Shrine to our Lady of Sorrows offers a majestic view over the Danube valley and the hilly landscape of the hills of the Mostviertel region, right to the Alps.

The oak tree with the religious icon (Maria Taferl) was also planted at the construction of the pilgrimage church in 1660. Inside the basilica, there is also a treasure chamber with frescoes, that depict the appearances of the original stories as well as miraculous hearings and deliverances.

Wachau Magazine 2018

Wachau Magazine 2018

The new Wachau magazine offers information about culture, cuisine and lifestyle in the World Heritage Region.

Travelling in the World Heritage Site

Exciting cultural insider tips, exclusive shopping destinations in the 1000-year-old wine-growing town of Krems, foraged delicacies and a portrait of the young, up-and-coming generation of winemakers. This, and much, much more can all be found on 120 pages of information about the UNESCO World Heritage Region. 

Order the Wachau Magazine 2018 free of charge at www.wachaumagazin.at.

The hotel has a very central location, ideal for discovering the sights of Wachau, such as the Melk Abbey, Maria Taferl and the Göttweig Abbey. Friedly service, good food, sumptuous breakfast buffet - all in all a very recommendable hotel!
Hans K (Germany) / tripadvisor.at