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Niederösterreich Werbung / Michael Liebert

Lower Austria

Lower Austria charms with vineyards nestled along the Danube valley, paired with great music festivals in castles perched it the countryside - it's a perfect getaway for music lovers and oenophiles.

As the name implies, Lower Austria is less mountainous than western Austria; its charms come in the form of fertile valleys and plains, which make it a perfect getaway for those seeking a more authentic, rustic feel. The stretch of theDanube River Valley between Melk and Krems (called Wachau) has glorious wines and lots of formidable castles, abbeys, and Medieval villages. Check out the walled town of Drosendorf and the beautiful Baroque abbey in Melk. 

But don't let this tranquil atmosphere fool you. Authentic and cozy inns await you as well as unexpected and sophisticated restaurants, such as the Gasthaus Prankl in Spitz. Awarded by culinary guide Gault Millau, this rustic Gasthaus offers local produce in a breathtaking location right on the Danube river.

  • City view of St. Poelten

    City view of St. Poelten

    Austrian National Tourist Office / Popp-Hackner
    St. Poelten
  • Vineyards in the Wachau Valley

    Vineyards in the Wachau Valley

    Niederösterreich Werbung / Doris Schwarz-König
    Wachau Valley
  • The Grafenegg festival in Lower Austria

    The Grafenegg festival in Lower Austria

    Alexander Haiden / Alexander Haiden
    Grafenegg
  • Cruise on the Danube river

    Cruise on the Danube river

    ÖWM (Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH) / Herbert Lehmann
    Wachau Valley