The Austrian valley Wachau is located in the Lower Austria with a picturesque landscape which is formed by the Danube river. Since it’s location is between the towns of Melk and Krems among other tourists that also attracts “connoisseurs and epicureans” for its high-quality wines. The total lenght is 40 kilometres and was already settled in prehistoric times. The famous tourist attraction is Dürnstein,where King Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V. The architectural elegance of its ancient monasteries (Melk Abbey and Göttweig Abbey), castles and ruins combined with the urban architecture of its towns and villages, and the cultivation of vines as an important agricultural produce are the dominant features of the valley.
Melk Abbey (German: Stift Melk) is a Benedictine abbey and is one of the world’s most famous monastic site. Its spectacular buildings are laid out around seven courtyards. The huge monastery in the tiny village of Melk is one of Austria’s architectural jewels.
In December 2000, The Wachau was given the inscription “Wachau Cultural Landscape” and since then, is in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites. If you ever plan to visit Lower Austria, do not miss this architectural and agricultural place and real Austria’s jewel.