Today’s tour takes you along the north and south bank of the Danube and out of the Wachau and its countryside shaped by human hand. You start in Krems along the Danube, a charming center of commerce and culture, and pedal along the Danube Bike Path to Tulln, a Danube town known for its gardens and art. Altenwörth and Zwentendorf are among the towns you pass through before arriving at your destination on the south bank of the river.
Soon after Krems you see another landscape on the horizon: a plateau known as Wagram. It is dominated by a patchwork of vineyards that give way to wavy fields and shady ravines carved out of the loess soil over millions of years by water. The deep loess creates perfect conditions for fine full-flavored, full-bodied wines, including the famed Grüner Veltliner but also the lesser known Roter Veltliner.
Vinothek Weritas is a wine shop in Kirchberg am Wagram that carries 250 wines by 50 top winemakers. Kirchberg also has an Alchemist Museum and Alchemist Park with permacultural plantings. Close by is the Pleyel Museum in Ruppersthal. Ignaz Joseph Pleyel was the most famous favorite son of Wagram. He left this romantic wine village for Paris around 1800 to create a furor as a composer and piano builder. Visitors can explore Wagram on discovery tours that follow five themed cycling routes.
Finally, you arrive in Tulln. Right at the outskirts of the city you pass the premises of GARTEN TULLN, an ecological world of gardens unlike any other in Europe with over 60 model gardens plus a host of other attractions. At the Egon Schiele Museum, the Egon Schiele birthplace and the Egon Schiele Special Theme Trail, you can gain fascinating insights into the life of this internationally renowned painter. Tulln’s Donaulände is an attractively landscaped promenade along the Danube and takes you in a matter of minutes from one sight to the next, among them the Tulln Roman Museum.