Best of Wachau steht für Qualität und soll künftig auch internationale Gäste locken.

Further development and internationalisation of the Best of Wachau Goldclub

In the past five years, Best of Wachau has established itself as a brand that stands for high standards in gastronomy and accommodation, thanks to ongoing qualification measures. The Goldclub was created as a tourist marketing format that aims at encouraging visitors to stay in the Wachau for longer. The next step is to perform an evaluation and then to optimise and establish this tourist offering on the international market on the basis of the results.
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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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Ein Infopoint des Wachauer Leitsystems © Anna Lun

Overhaul of the Tourist Information Board System in the Wachau

A guidance system is only as good as the information it contains. For this reason, an update of the Wachau guidance system is essential. During the overhaul, information on establishments and business data as well as on sights and public transport will be brought up to date.
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History of the Bründlkapelle

The Haunoldstein beautification and village renewal association is dedicated to the history of the Bründlkapelle. To mark the 100th anniversary of the chapel and the local spring, the story of its creation and importance is to be elaborated together with local historian Dr Gerhard Flossmann.
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Die Nähgruppe als Ort des Kennenlernens © Verein Impulse Krems

Further development of integration coordination in Wachau-Dunkelsteinerwald

Approximately 600 asylum seekers and recognised asylum seekers currently live in the Wachau-Dunkelsteinerwald region. Building on the work done in the asylum and integration coordination project, targeted measures and offers should be put in place to improve the integration of people who fled to us in recent years. A central role will be accorded to the people already well advanced in the integration process.
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Pilot run of the Wachau Advent

UNESCO’s Wachau World Heritage Site clocks up about 490,000 overnight stays every year in the summer season. However, not only are the many offers in summer gaining in importance but so is the growth in activity in the off-peak tourist seasons. This is having an initial positive effect towards extending the season in the Wachau, which already runs beyond the end of October. Some establishments continue to be open at this time or have developed entirely into year-round enterprises. The pilot run of the “Wachau Advent” is intended to create a stimulus for staying longer in the region in addition to the existing attractions.
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Development strategy for the municipality of Dunkelsteinerwald

In the municipality of Dunkelsteinerwald, there are three “centres” – Gansbach, Gerolding and Mauer – which constantly gives rise to conflicts. With this challenge in mind, the municipality would like to elaborate a long-term development strategy together with the citizens of all these settlements. A professionally competent company should be commissioned to support the process and create the necessary strategy.
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Der Raimondosteig ist 1,5 Kilometer lang und führt rund um die Burgruine Hohenegg.

Raimondosteig - History of the Castle

Status: withdrawn The Castle Association is equipping the Raimondosteig, a loop hiking trail around the Hohenegg castle ruins, with information boards about the castle’s history and also inviting the residents of Hafnerbach to submit their ideas for coming up with and elaborating topics. Franz Pötscher from the office for museum concepts and consulting is supporting the process because the outcomes should also flow into the new local history museum.
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Weiterbildungsangebot für Privatzimmervermieter © Donau NÖ/Steve Haider

Demography Qualification Initiative: Wachau and Nibelungengau Visitors` Ring

Over the coming three years, the Danube Lower Austrian Visitors` Ring will be organising a comprehensive package of qualification measures with training courses, workshops and excursions in a LEADER cooperation project for establishments in the Wachau and Nibelungengau. The landlords should be provided with business training and prepared for future challenges. The changing needs of guests as a result of demographic changes should be identified and the offer adjusted to Holiday on the Farm establishments, vineyards and private room landlords.
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Die Eigentums- und Besitzverhältnisse der gesamten Routenverläufe sollen geklärt werden. © Tourenexport Alpstein

Digitalisation of the hiking stages of the Dunkelsteinerwald-Runde, Jauerling-Runde and World Heritage Trail

In recent years, the regions of the Wachau and the Dunkelsteinerwald focused on the topic of hiking. Following preparatory work in the Jauerling-Wachau Nature Park (parts of the hiking system there were later emphasised in the so-called Jauerling-Runde), the World Heritage Trail, a 180 kilometre-long, long-distance hiking trail on both banks of the Danube opened in 2010 after an intensive planning phase and became a pioneering project both at home and abroad. Based on the success of the World Heritage Trail, the Dunkelsteinerwald-Runde was planned and implemented in the years that followed and thus complements the overall trail network of 30 stages and probably the biggest non-alpine hiking centre in Central Europe.
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