Your cycle tour through the Wachau
The yellow and white Melk Abbey sits up high. The impressive Lower Austrian monastery resides majestically on a hill. It is considered a landmark of the area and, in addition to an extensive abbey library, it also houses a high school. The village below offers the perfect opportunity for break from the bike.
On the fifth day of the Danube Cycle Path from Passau to Vienna, you can cycle to Melk. On the northern side of the Danube, continue pedalling, always along the river to the Wachau.
The cycle tour takes you via Willendorf, where the famous Venus was discovered, to Schwallenbach and Spotz. Orchards, vineyards, ruins and rustic wine taverns line the path. In Spitz and Weißkirchen, the ancient town centres and the ruins of Dürnstein tempt visitors. Once you have arrived in the 1000-year-old city of Krems, you must definitely take a detour to an inn or the restaurant of Lisl Wagner-Bacher. Whether fresh apricot dumplings with a lot of breadcrumbs in the garden or a small snack from the dumpling machine at the Landgasthof Bacher – you cannot leave the Wachau without trying these round delicacies!
Insider tips: things you should plan for your stay in the Wachau…
…a visit to a winegrower: there are around 200 official winegrowers in the Wachau. One fine wine after another in the shady gardens. The view sweeps over the surrounding vineyards and the city of Krems. Could it be anymore dreamy? And with a little luck, the winemaker will personally tell you a few tips.
…taste the regional products: In addition to wine, the Wachau is also known for its natural and regional products. Above all, the apricot and the famous Wachau Laberl, a roll with a secret recipe. But the Wachau has also made a name for itself with authentic, 100 percent natural and homemade balsamic or white-wine vinegar.
…a picnic with a view: there are many wonderful places in the Wachau. It’s even nicer with a picnic basket filled with delicious treats and a good bottle of wine. Whether on the Loibenberg, in the Weinbergschnecke Kellerberg, in the Wießenkirchen, Weitenberg or on the Hartweg in Spitz - the public places are ideal for a picnic in the countryside with a fantastic view.