Lower Austria


The Wachau is a region which straddles the banks of the Danube, is rich in history and blessed with a mild climate and outstanding white wines. Surrounded by this magic scenery a Festival takes place that over the past seven editions has won its place on the international gastronomy scene. During its three-week-long program, the world heritage site of Wachau dazzles with a delicious culinary programme and the presence of top international chefs.

Over the last six years, "wachau GOURMETfestival" has been established as one of the most important international culinary art festivals. It is mentioned in one breath with festivals in St. Moritz or Rheingau and other benchmarks and has long outrun numerous traditional and well-established festivals.

Austrian Wine Routes

Austrian wine culture means much more than simply drinking good wine. Take the opportunity to visit vineyards, a lane of wine cellars, or travel along one of the picturesque wine trails.

The apricot dumpling, or Marillenknödel, is emblematic for the Wachau region. And it is also a clear illustration of how the Austrian people are open to other cultures. This delicacy combines what is originally a Chinese fruit (the apricot) with a plant from Polynesia (sugar) and an Upper Austrian idea for preparing food (the dumpling).

Salt Trail Routes

The salt route is an amazing journey that mixes culinary and non-culinary secrets about salt, which has a long and fascinating history. Visitors will have the chance to discover the region’s special salt, called “white gold” for its positive effects on health (it doesn’t have a negative impact on blood pressure) and for its good taste. They will experience many adventures, such as visiting the world’s oldest salt mine and descend into the mine via two miners’ slides.

Held in one of Austria’s most popular wine regions, The Wachau, the Literature & Wine Festival is an annual international event where visitors will encounter readings, music and locally-grown fine wines. The festival provides the opportunity to enjoy this different and magical experience with a scenic backdrop: the Benedictine monastery, Goettweig Abbey.