Further development of the World Heritage Trail Wachau in 2019

Upgrading of the World Heritage Trail © Donau Niederösterreich/Robert Herbst
Upgrading of the World Heritage Trail © Donau Niederösterreich/Robert Herbst

The World Heritage Trail is one of the leading tourist offerings in the Wachau. Thousands of people walk the hiking trail every year. Nevertheless, there is a lack of benches and other facilities. Path maintenance is also frequently problematic. The aim of this project is to help make the World Heritage Trail more attractive and raise awareness of the term "World Heritage" amongst the hikers.

The World Heritage Trail was created through the collaboration of 14 municipalities to the north and south of the Danube and thus offers a way of experiencing the whole region. Although the trail is walked by large numbers of tourists, in most places there is a lack of standardised fittings and furnishing as well as proper path maintenance.

Completion of the project should put the World Heritage Trail in a managed state and make it a leading product within the region. Staged areas should be developed that bring visitors closer to the uniqueness of the Wachau World Heritage Site. These areas will be implemented in a subsequent project.

Discussed in the project selection committee: 17.06.2019
Project promoter: Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus GmbH
Funding level: 70%
Project duration: 01.07.2019 - 30.06.2022
Supported by the federal province and the European Union (LEADER).