After breakfast, we leave our hotel and drive to Wachau in Lower Austria. Some of our journey is along the River Danube before we arrive at the ruins of Aggstein Castle.
Here we start our first walk along the Jacobsweg. We walk through the forest enjoying the charming countryside of the Dunkelsteinerwald region to the pilgrimage church and abbey of Maria Langegg. We have a lunch break at Klosterstueberl, one of the official places of hospitality along the Jacobsweg.
The Wachau is an Austrian valley with a picturesque landscape formed by the Danube river. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems that also attracts „connoisseurs and epicureans“ for its high-quality wines. It is 40 kilometres in length and was already settled in prehistoric times.
The architectural elegance of its ancient monasteries (Melk Abbey and Göttweig Abbey), castles and ruins combined with the urban architecture of its towns and villages, and the cultivation of vines as an important agricultural produce are the dominant features of the valley. The Wachau was inscribed as „Wachau Cultural Landscape“ in the UNESCOList of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history, in December 2000.