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    Aggstein Fortress Ruins

    Österreich Werbung / Homberger

    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.