Wachau Valley, Austria

The 33km route between Melk and Krems is in the world famous Wachau valley, with its vineyards, its dreamy towns and villages, its castles, churches, monasteries and the ruins of old castles. The spectacular Abbey of Melk dominates the west entrance to the Wachau valley; downstream travelers have seen the dome and twin onion-towers before entering the Melk lock, then viewed the mustard and white walls of the huge building.

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The Wachau valley is an ideal location for visits by bicycle, either those carried onboard or rented from local sources. Suggested routes along the right or left banks are described in detail on the website, Stage 5, north bank and south bank.


Nowhere in Wachau pulls in the tourists like Dürnstein. The village is nestled below a forested hill and next to a rock cliff, at the top of which are the ruins of Kuenringerburg and on a ledge just above the river is the Dürnstein Abbey.

Thousands of photos taken on two trips down the Danube (first trip starting at Calais, France and the second trip from Vlissingen, Netherlands, both all the way to the Black Sea) have been used to create the EuroCanals PhotoNav Guides for the Danube. They include the photos shown on this website.

In full-page format they display the details of landmarks along the route, in a km-by-km sequence. The photos are identified by kilometer post; they include ports, bridges, locks as well as sites worth noting. Examples are described on this page:

View a sample guide as a slideshow:

Please Note: EuroCanals is a publisher of waterway guides; we do not book cruises, we tell you where to go and how to do it. Go To EuroCanals Guide for the Donau river, Austria