Weißenkirchen in der Wachau is a small town in the Wachau valley, on the northern side of the Danube River.
Named after the large fortified church which dominates the town (Weißenkirchen = 'white church'), the town began in the 9th century as a monastic vineyard. Today it is still known for its excellent wines, and attracts many tourists travelling through the Wachau region.
- 1 Tourismusinformation (Tourist Information), Wachaustraße 242, ☏ , email@example.com. Apr-Oct: M-Sa 10:00-13:00 15:00-18:00. Staff can help with reserving accommodation, and also have on hand town maps, hiking maps, and Heuriger schedules.
A regional train passes through 1 Bahnhof Weißenkirchen connecting Krems with Emmersdorf (four times daily) and Spitz an der Donau (three times daily). Use ÖBB's SCOTTY to look up train information online.
- 2 Brandner, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. Operates twice daily between Melk, Emmersdorf, Weißenkirchen, Dürnstein, and Krems. Timetables and fares can bee seen here. Tickets can be purchased online. Bicycles (€2) and dogs (free, muzzle and leash required) permitted on board.
The town centre is very compact, although visiting nearby vineyards or sights may require a bit of a hike.
- Nextbike, ☏ (hotline). After registration (online or by mobile), pick up a bicycle at any Nextbike location, and drop it off at the same or any other Nextbike spot. A map of pickup and drop-off points can be found here (click 'Wachau' for Weißenkirchen); a brochure for the Wachau region is available for download. €1/hr, €10/day.
- 1 Pfarrkirche Mariae Himmelfahrt (Church of the Assumption of Mary). The Gothic 14th-century fortified church dominates the town, and is additionally surrounded by a defensive wall with watchtowers. It was built in several phases between the 13th and 18th centuries. The smaller tower is the original church tower and dates from 1330, while the larger tower was built in 1531 as a defensive structure against Turkish invaders. The interior is a mix of late Gothic and Baroque.
- 2 Wachaumuseum, Weißenkirchen 117 (Teisenhoferhof), ☏ . Apr-Oct: Tu-Su 10:00-17:00. The 15th-century building is a venue for exhibitions by local Wachau artists. €5 (adults), €2.50 (children).
- 3 Wehrkirche St. Michael (Fortififed Church of St. Michael) (2km W in St. Michael). A succession of churches have been built in this spot atop a small Celtic sacrificial site. The current structure dates from around 1500 with later Baroque additions and renovations.
Most inns and hotels in the area also have good onsite restaurants; see the 'Sleep' section below for individual listings.
- 1 Restaurant Heinzle, Wachaustraße 280, ☏ , email@example.com. W-Sa 11:30-21:00 Su 11:30-19:00. Serves regional cuisine with an emphasis on local fish and produce, using both traditional and modern recipes and techniques. In nice weather diners can enjoy the pleasant garden which directly overlooks the river.
- 1 Weingut Hermenegild Mang, Landstraße 38 (Weißenkirchen), ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Apr-Oct daily 12:00-; closed Nov-Mar. The family-run vineyard has been operating since 1919, and has won multiple awards for its Grüner Veltliner as well as its Riesling. Their Heuriger serves typical regional cold dishes, with a few vegetarian options. It is situated in a pleasant garden, with a large play area for children, and has extra indoor seating for inclement weather.
- 1 Gästehaus & Heuriger Turm Wachau, Auf der Burg 140, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00-18:00, check-out: 08:00-10:00. The comfortable guesthouse also operates a pleasant Heuriger. Free Wi-Fi and nearby parking. €30+ (room), €64 (holiday apt).
- 2 Weingut & Gästehaus Thurnhof, Thurnhof 76, ☏ , firstname.lastname@example.org. €37-43, including breakfast.
- 3 Hotel-Restaurant Kirchenwirt Wachau, Kremser Str. 17, ☏ , email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00-18:00, check-out: 08:00-11:00. Has an onsite restaurant which can accommodate special diets, including vegetarian; the restaurant is closed from mid-November to mid-March. Free Wi-Fi, free parking, and pets permitted on request. €129+, including breakfast.
- 4 Raffelsberger Hof (Flammhof), Freisingerplatz 54, ☏ , fax: , firstname.lastname@example.org. Check-in: 14:00-22:00, check-out: 08:00-11:00. The restored Renaissance castle is now a four-star hotel, open mid-April to November. Facilities include an outdoor pool, spa, and onsite restaurant. Free parking, free Wi-Fi, pets permitted. €148+, including breakfast.