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Wachau Cultural Landscape *
Stift melk 001.jpg
Melk Abbey
Country Austria
Type Cultural
Criteria ii, iv
Reference 970
Region ** Europe and North America
Inscription history
Inscription 2000 (24th Session)

The Wachau is an Austrian valley. It has pretty landscape formed by the Danube river. It is one of the biggest tourist places of Lower Austria. It is midway between the towns of Melk and Krems. It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length. People lived here in prehistoric times. A well-known place and tourist attraction is Dürnstein. This is where King Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V.

The Wachau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is for its architectural and agricultural history.[1][2]


This article is about a World Heritage Site