Weltkulturerbe and Important Bird Area Wachau

Lower Austria  >  Austria

The Wachau is a valley formed by the Danube in Lower Austria (Niederösterreich). It´s famous for the unique landscape and the white wine. Important Bird Area.

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Most recent update 8 July 2020
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The Danube valley in Austria between the cities of Melk and Krems in Lower Austria is called the Wachau. The Wachau valley is famous for its high-quality wines, but also a nice area for birding. Cirl Bunting, Rock Bunting, Wood Lark and European Bee-eater are just some of the species you can see there. Other nice birds are Golden Oriole, Hoopoe, Wryneck, Grey-headed Woodpecker and Red-backed Shrike. See the extended list below. For the complete list of breeding birds you can go to the website of the Ornithologische Arbeitsgemeinschaft Wachau (OAGW), which is the local Consortium which looks after the birds in the Wachau, see the link below. And if you are lucky you will see the beautiful European Green Lizard while you are birding.



You can visit the area with public transport from Vienna very easily. Especially in spring and summer try to avoid driving with your car, where possible, respect nature. Train, bicycle and bus have a good network to explore the Wachau. Don´t miss the famous white wines (Riesling, Grüner Veltliner among others) in different characteristic brands (Steinfeder, Federspiel, Smaragd). There is a very good variety of excellent Restaurants and Heurigen (local wine tavern).

Terrain and Habitat

Forest , Wetland , Agriculture , Scattered trees and bushes , Valley , River , City/village


Flat , Hilly , Dry , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season

All year round

Best time to visit



Paved road

Difficulty walking trail


Accessible by

Foot , Wheelchair

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

If you need further information visit the website of the OAGW: https://oagw.at. Don´t miss a Smaragd (Riesling or Grüner Veltliner are the best known), it´s the best white-wine-area of the world.


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