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Lower Austria

Highlight events in the Danube Region of Lower Austria

During the stillest time of the year, the Wachau offers a special cultural program in November. The Austrian actress Ursula Strauss is the curator of “Wachau in Echtzeit” (Wachau in Real Time), a line-up of cultural and musical events specially adapted for the performance venues in the Wachau.

Advent in the Danube region of Lower Austria promises to bring hours of quiet contemplation and moments of enchantment. The towns and villages along the Danube invite visitors every year to magical Advent markets or on romantic winter cruises. The Danube region has a broad program of events ranging from the traditional Christmas market at the Aggstein ruins and the traditional Advent markets at Grafenegg to Christmas magic at Göttweig Abbey and the Advent village at Schloss Hof plus an array of small and tranquil Advent markets.

In the Knights’ Hall and throughout the premises of the Aggstein ruins, craftspeople offer their handmade wares for sale on three weekends. Medieval tradespeople bring alive the magic of days long past. The Grafenegg Advent Market from December 6 through 9 is one of the largest and most traditional Christmas markets with over 80 exhibitors at the craft market and in the castle workshops. A “Taste of Lower Austria” hut village offers culinary delights in the castle park, which is all aglow with Christmas lighting. The splendid grounds of Schloss Hof are likewise transformed into a Christmas village full of atmosphere on the five weekends prior to Christmas. At about 100 stands, visitors can get great ideas for Christmas gifts and delectable food.

For information on all events along the Danube in Lower Austria, please visit www.donau.com