Langenlois and Kamptal
The Wachau is the touristic hot spot, of course. But if you have a little more time you should not miss to visit the nearby Langenlois at the southern end of the Kamptal valley. The Kamptal area is a far bigger wine producing area than the Wachau and its wines can very well compete with the Wachau. The river Kamp, a contributary of the Danube, comes from the rough and in its character very "nordic" Waldviertel between the Danube and the Czech border. It is a very attractive valley with excellent opportuities for kanoeing and interestng casles and monasteries along its way.
Between Langenlois and the wine village Strass im Strassertale are the wine hills Heiligenstein and Gaisberg. The Heiligenstein is the most prestigious Austrian wine hill due to its outstanding soil and micro-climatic conditions. On top of the Heiligenstein there is the Kamptalwarte, a more than 100 years old view tower offering great views. See more on my Langenlois page
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Don't miss out on the the local wines
Just around Krems there are a lot of small local vineyards, which as with most Austrian vineyards are something which a lot of people do not realise are really worth a visit as they offer very reasonably priced young white wines. Generally wines are not grown for the export market, as the production levels are not really high enough to make export a viable prospect.
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