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Wachau Cultural Landscape
UNESCO World Heritage site
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Location Lower Austria, Austria
Criteria Cultural: (ii)(iv)
Reference 970
Inscription 2000 (24th Session)
Area 18,387 ha (45,440 acres)
Buffer zone 2,942 ha (7,270 acres)
Coordinates 48°21′52″N 15°26′3″E / 48.36444°N 15.43417°E / 48.36444; 15.43417Coordinates: 48°21′52″N 15°26′3″E / 48.36444°N 15.43417°E / 48.36444; 15.43417

The Wachau is an Austrian valley. It has pretty landscape formed by the Danube river. It is one of the biggest tourist places of Lower Austria. It is midway between the towns of Melk and Krems. It is 40 kilometres (25 mi) in length. People lived here in prehistoric times.

A well-known place and tourist attraction is Dürnstein. This is where King Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V.

The Wachau is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is for its architectural and agricultural history.


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