Sozialer Treffpunkt am Zornberg wird aufgewertet ©Franz Hauleitner

Stilles Örtchen am Welterbesteig - Errichtung eines Kompost-WC's

Der Panoramawanderweg Spitzer Graben hat einiges zu bieten. Am Sonntag werden in der Riede Zornberg, bei der Zornberghütte, Weine sowie Säfte und Wasser kredenzt. Allerdings fehlt es an einem Stillen Örtchen (Toilette) um sich zu erleichtern.
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Das zentrale Thema Musik verbindet die Gemeinden © Daniela Matejschek

Musikimpuls Dunkelsteinerwald - Kick-off und Aufbau

Die Vorbereitungen für eine gemeinsame Bewerbung mehrerer Gemeinden und dem Stift Göttweig für die Landesausstellung 2023 waren bereits im Gange, als die Verschiebung des Austragungsjahres bekannt gegeben wurde. Nun soll diese Initiative neu ausgerichtet werden. Das zentrale Thema "Musik" soll die teilnehmenden Gemeinden verbinden und die regionale Identität stärken. Die große Sammlung an Musikalien im Stift Göttweig bietet die Möglichkeit, die Musik der Region wissenschaftlich aufzuarbeiten und in die Initiative einfließen zu lassen. Ein großes Potenzial wird in der Bewerbung von St. Pölten zur Kulturhauptstadt 2024 gesehen, da so auch überregional Aufmerksamkeit erregt werden kann.
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Die Vielfalt an Pflanzen und Tieren soll erhalten werden © Dieter Manhart

Our meadows, our asset: Protecting meadows through regional development in the Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park

The Nature Park owes its great diversity of plants and animals to its mosaic-like cultural landscape and the extensively used meadows. Global changes are forcing many agricultural businesses to specialise or shut up shop. A consequence of this are meadows that are no longer managed and increasingly turning into woodland. To counteract this trend and preserve diversity in the Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park, a nature park brand is under development. This label stands for management compatible with nature and gives the businesses’ products added ecological value.
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Hochaltarbild von Kremser Schmidt in der Pfarrkirche Wösendorf © Katharina Mahel

Illumination of the "Kremser Schmidt" paintings in Wösendorf parish church

In a time when churches are being used less and less as places of worship, adapting them into places of culture and retreat is becoming increasingly important. To mark the 300th anniversary of the painter "Kremser Schmidt", his paintings in Wösendorf parish church were lavishly restored. In order to be able to protect the paintings better for future generations and to make their contents easier to see, a new LED lighting system should be installed.
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Volunteers pflegen die Felsenböschung im Meditationsgarten der Kartause Aggsbach © Welterbegemeinden Wachau/Elisa Besenbäck

World Heritage Volunteers Wachau-Middle Rhine

Since 2004, an intensive exchange has been taking place between the two World Heritage cultural landscapes of the Wachau in Austria and the Upper Middle Rhine Valley in Germany. The cooperation should now be further intensified by a joint volunteer camp with a focus on caring for the cultural landscape.
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Die erste von sechs Infotafeln am Rundweg. © Doris Löschenbrand - Energiegruppe Hafnerbach

Energy Hiking Trail Hafnerbach

With the support of its members, the Hafnerbach Energy Group defined green energy generation sites in the municipality, combined them into an energy hiking trail and also designed and implemented information portals. The trail was opened as part of a hiking day.
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Advent in der Wachau © Stadt Melk/Franz Gleiß

Detail and implementation planning for the Wachau Advent

In recent years, a number of initiatives have established themselves in the region in late autumn and winter which have had a very positive impact on the development of tourism and thus on extending the season. Apart from the long-distance hiking trail “World Heritage Trail Wachau”, which can be easily hiked even in the colder months thanks to the mild climate, numerous cultural initiatives, such as “ELIT” (European literature days), “Wachau in Echtzeit” (Wachau in Real Time - curated by Ursula Strauss) as well as many Advent markets and culinary events have become established. The implementation of the mobility concept (bus connections) means that all municipalities in the region can now also be easily reached without a car.
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Saisoneröffnung in Maria Langegg 2017 © Christian Reisinger

Development of a cultural tourism strategy for the south bank of the Wachau

The municipalities of Mautern, Bergern, Furth, Rossatz-Arnsdorf and Schönbühel-Aggsbach will be intensifying their collaboration over the coming years and focusing on the common positioning of the south bank. Under the direction of Martin Vogg, who was previously responsible for the project Wachau 2010 plus, existing offers should be combined with new ones and wrapped up into bookable packages, starting with the two locations of Maria Langegg and the Aggsbach Charterhouse.
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Danube Crossing at Aggsbach: Feasibility

One topic that has preoccupied the region for many years is the lack of a crossing over the Danube between Melk and Spitz near the towns of Aggsbach-Markt and Aggsbach-Dorf. After several unsuccessful attempts to set up a conventional bicycle ferry between them, the two towns are now pursuing an unconventional approach: in the future, they could be connected by a cableway across the Danube.
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