Donau river, Austria

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KM2038.1L Schleuse Melk
In background: Melk Abbey

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The Wachau valley is an ideal location for visits by bicycle, either those carried onboard or rented from local sources.


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.

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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:

Major destinations described in the guide:
Wachau Valley
Wien (Vienna)
Bratislava, Slovakia

Go To EuroCanals Guide for the Donau river, 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.

Go To EuroCanals Guide for the Donau river, Austria.

Wachau Valley, Austria

The Donau river forms the core of Austria; half of the population live along its banks, mostly in the major industrial cities of Linz and Wien (Vienna.) Nearly all of Austrian watersheds feed the tributaries of the Donau; dams at each of the locks (including Nussdorf, on the Donaukanal through Wien) are located at hydroelectric power plants, producing about 20% of the country’s power needs. The S-loop in the Donau at Schlogen (a Zwangsmäander) is the largest such river meander in Europe.

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EuroCanals Guides
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