The Wachau is a 36-km stretch of the Danube river valley. It is characterised by its many picturesque villages and towns, its extraordinary diversity of natural and cultural landscapes, as well as by the dry stone wall terraces on which the world famous vines grow.
The Wachau was awarded the Council of Europe's Nature Conservation Diploma in 1994, and was designated a UNESCO world heritage site in 2000.
Regional collaboration among the 13 Wachau municipalities, other important institutions as well as approx. 350 residents and friends of the region is coordinated by the Arbeitskreis Wachau
regional development group. Its mission is the preservation and enhancement of the region's unique landscape.
In addition, the Arbeitskreis Wachau coordinates regional policy and makes use of diverse European and national funding instruments, such as LEADER and LIFE nature. In recognition of nature conservation efforts, the group was awarded the Dr. Erwin Pröll Future Prize in 2008.
Maria Langegg is an ideal starting point for visits to other significant attractions in the Wachau, such as the Aggstein Castle ruins
or the Aggsbach-Dorf Charterhouse
Further information on the Wachau as a travel destination