Wachau 2017

We are going to the Wachau!

In September 2017, within the framework of a course in art journaling, we’ll explore one of the most beautiful regions in Lower Austria, the Wachau. The Wachau is a UNESCO World Heritage Cultural Landscape. On top of that, we believe it’s one of the places where you can experience the best Austria has to offer and chronicle your experiences in an Art Journal for a life time of memories. We’ll show you how.

For this trek we are are limiting our group size to 8 people.

The Wachau Experience

Themes: Danube River Valley, Castles & Ruins, Medieval Towns, Monasteries, Art Journaling, Viticulture, Food and Wine.

Trip Highlights

We’ll take you on a traveling art journaling course in one of the most beautiful landscapes on the Danube.

We’ll spend a week exploring a Danube river landscape full of vineyards, quaint medieval towns, ancient castles, and venerable monasteries.

We’ll hike to several castle ruins, explore towns reminiscent of the middle ages, and visit Melk Abbey. To complete your experience of this cultural landscape, we’ll ride a river boat from one end of the Wachau to the other – and back, and we’ll go on a hike between Dürnstein and Weissenkirchen for unequaled views of the Danube valley.

Between excursions, we’ll learn how to give expression to our individual experiences with art journaling sessions.

And all along – we’ll sample wines, food and other drinks from the Region.

We invite you to come with us.

More About the Wachau

The Wachau is one of the most scenic river valleys of the Danube in Lower Austria. Between the ancient towns of Melk and Krems, the Danube flows through a landscape of terraced vineyards and orchards, where small towns from the middle ages front the river, and where castles, ruins and abbeys overlook the country.

The landscape has been shaped, in part, by centuries old traditions and agricultural practices. For that reason, UNESCO designated the Wachau as a World Heritage Cultural Landscape. But the Wachau is not just a living museum. It’s vibrant and flourishing and a feast for the senses.

Our Week in the Wachau

During the course of a week (6 nights) we’ll explore towns from the Middle Ages, hike to castle ruins shrouded in legend, and visit Melk Abbey with its treasures.

We’ll also wander through vineyards and forests high above the Danube on a section of a long distance trail, the Wachau World Heritage Trail. And for a different point of view, we’ll ride a river boat on the Danube from one end of the Wachau to the other, and back.

We’ll also stop off for a short visit to view the Venus of Willendorf , one of the oldest statues of a woman dating to about 25000 BC. As the name suggests, this stone age carving was found near the small town of Willendorf, on the left bank of the Danube in the middle of the Wachau. (Actually, we’ll see a replica – the real one is on display in a museum in Vienna).

No visit to the Wachau would be complete without a “Heuriger”, a name literally meaning “this year’s wine”. Throughout the year, one or the other wine estate opens its doors and offers their new wine – the Heurigen – to the delight of locals and tourists. We’ll visit several of these establishments. Participation is voluntary, of course. However, in our view a visit to the Wachau without an evening over a “Heurigen” is an opportunity wasted. If you are a tee-totaler, remember: it’s not just the wine, it’s the atmosphere that’s special.

All of that is accompanied by daily art journaling sessions to make sure the rich impressions we gather get permanently recorded in a way that’s as unique as our experience

We are working out a detailed itinerary for 2016, but everything we described above is the minimum you can expect when you join us for our Trek through the Wachau. Our greatest challenge right now is figuring out how much we can fit into the span of a week. We are considering adding a few days for those who want to stay longer.

Contact us if you are interested in coming with us on this adventure in exploring the world through art journaling.

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