Come and discover the cultural landscape of the Wachau during the Wachau Weinfrühling, visit over 100 Vinea winemakers and taste the 201 vintage with us!
Another reason for visiting the Wachau Weinfrühling is the 18 winemakers from the german wine region Württemberg, who bring a selection of their wines with them to the Weinfrühling and present them at Vinea wineries.
Entry fee: € 20.00 per person
The entry wristband is available at all participating wineries. It entitles wearers to taste the wines offered. Thanks to the cooperation with the Eastern Region Transport Association (VOR), it also allows wearers to use the Wachau Linien buses and the Danube ferries on both event days!
On the Saturday evening, there will be a celebration of dance and music in Spitz. Three bars will be offering wines from the Wachau and Switzerland, and the festivities will be rounded off with culinary delights from Harry's Gastrotainment.
Entry fee: € 15.00 (with a valid Weinfrühling wristband)
€ 20.00 (regular price)
Getting back: Shuttle buses to Krems at 11 pm & 1 am and to Melk at midnight (€ 5.00 per Person)
Frequently asked questions on the Wachau Weinfrühling
What does a Wachau Weinfrühling visit involve?
Wachau Weinfrühling visits are very straightforward. A list of participating wineries is included in the Weinfrühling flyer, which is published annually. The listed wineries are open for visits between 10 am and 6 pm on both days of the event. Booking is not required.
The listed wineries are open for visits between 10 am and 6 pm on both days of the event. Booking is not required. The exact details of what is on offer and how the tasting takes place depends on the winery, but all wineries will provide an opportunity to taste several wines from the current vintage.
Where can I get the Wachau Weinfrühling flyer?
The Weinfrühling flyer is available to download here; it is also available at participating wineries, tourist information points and a large number of hotels and restaurants in the Wachau.
How do I get from winery to winery at the Wachau Weinfrühling.
A partnership with the Eastern Region Transport Association (VOR) has been agreed for the first time, enabling the Wachau Linien buses and the Danube ferries to be used for free during the event weekend for wearers of the entry wristband. Please simply show your Weinfrühling wristband on the bus or the ferry.
What is the best way of getting to the wineries during the Weinfrühling?
Many wineries are located within walking distance of the individual village centres. The addresses are shown on the Weinfrühling flyer. The locations are also easy to find at www.mywachau.at, and on the myWachau mobile app.
The Wachau wine sector is structured on a very small scale, and we therefore ask for your understanding for the fact that most of the wineries only have limited space, meaning that travel groups of more than 10 people may not all be able to sit down at the same time.
Questions on the Wachau Weinfrühling wristband
How much does it cost to participate in the Wachau Weinfrühling?
Taking part costs € 20.00 per person.
What benefits are associated with the entry wristband?
The entry wristband, which is available at all participating wineries, entitles wearers to taste the wines offered. It also allows wearers to use the Wachau Line buses between Krems and Melk (WL1 and WL2) and the three Danube ferries in Dürnstein (bicycle ferry), Weißenkirchen (car ferry) and Spitz (car ferry).
You will also get a special discount for the Wachau-Bahn (Wachau train), for € 8.50 you can buy a day ticket.
Discounted entry to the Steinfeder Night in Schloss Spitz on May 6th is also possible with the entry wristband.
Where are the entry wristbands available from?
The entry wristbands are available at all wineries listed in the Weinfrühling flyer. There are also selected marketing partners from whom the wristbands are available.
You can find a list of all trade partners here. This is constantly updated.
You can buy the entry wristband on board of the Wachau-Bahn (Wachau train). Furthermore you will get a special discount for a day ticket with the train for just € 8,50.
Tel.: 02742/360 990-99
Spitz an der Donau Tourist Information
3620 Spitz an der Donau
Tel.: +43 2713 2363
Opening times: Sat, May 5th: 9 am - 1 pm and 2 pm - 6 pm; Sun, May 6th: closed
Wachau Info Center
Kremser Straße 5
Tel.: +43 2752 51160
Opening times: Sat, May 5th 9:30 am - 6 pm; Sun, May 6th: 9:30am to 4 pm
City of Krems Tourist Information
3500 Krems an der Donau
Tel.: +43 2732 82676
Opening times: Sat, May 5th: 11 am - 6 pm; Sun, May 6th: 11 am - 4 pm
Vinea Wachau presales
You have the option of ordering an entry wristband in advance directly from the Vinea Wachau office. For timely processing, and in view of the shipping method, orders will need to be sent in writing to office(at)vinea-wachau.at by April 25th 2018 at the latest. Payment in advance is required.
Travelling by bus and ferry during the Wachau Weinfrühling
A partnership with the Eastern Region Transport Association (VOR) has been agreed, enabling the Wachau Linien buses and the Danube ferries to be used for free during the event weekend by wearers of the entry wristband. Please simply show your Weinfrühling wristband on the bus or the ferry.
If you also want to take advantage of the Wachau bus offer when travelling on the event day, you have the option of purchasing wristbands in the vicinity of the two stations in Krems and Melk or in advance directly from Vinea Wachau:
Krems wristband sales:
Mobile phone shop (Handyshop) in Krems station, open on May 5th from 9 am to 6 pm, closed on May 6th
or in the City of Krems Tourist Information office, Utzstraße 1, 3500 Krems Tel.: +43 (0)2732 82676 Fax: +43 (0)2732 70011 willkommen(at)krems-tourismus.at
Melk wristband sales:
Wachau Info Center Melk
Open on May 5th from 9.30 am to 6 pm, May 6th from 9:30am to 4 pm
Vinea Wachau presales:
You have the option of ordering an entry wristband in advance directly from the Vinea Wachau office. For timely processing, and in view of the shipping method, orders will need to be sent in writing to office(at)vinea-wachau.at by April 25th 2018 at the latest.
The WL 1 to WL 7 Wachau Linien bus routes connect Melk to Krems on opposite banks of the river Danube and provide a regular service to all the towns, villages and hamlets in the Wachau. www.vor.at or +43 810 22 23 24
The Spitz – Arnsdorf cable ferry runs all year round. Bicycle and car transport. Ferry times from May to September: 8 am - 19.15 pm. Tel. +43 2714 6217
The Weißenkirchen – St. Lorenzen cable ferry runs from April to October. Bicycle and car transport. Schedule: 9:00 am - 6:30 pm. Tel. +43 2715 2232
The Dürnstein – Rossatz motorised ferry runs from April to October. Bicycle transport. Ferry times from May to September: 9:30 am - 6.00 pm. Tel. +43 676 308 47 50
Time schedule for Wachau busses
Please find the current time schedule and further information about public transport here (in german only).
Using the free VOR | AnachB route planner from the Eastern Region Transport Association (VOR), available as PC or mobile app, you can plan the best route using public transport, car or bicycle, or a combination of all three, from anywhere in Austria.
Die Wachaubahn am Nordufer zwischen Krems und Melk ist ein besonderes Erlebnis. Direkt entlang der Weinberge und teils durch massive Felsen geschlagene Tunnel zeigen ein sehr individuelles und stimmungsvolles Bild vom Weltkulturerbe.
Beim Wachauer Weinfrühling erhalten Sie mit dem Eintrittsband auch zugleich einen Sonderpreis (€ 8,50) für ein Tagesticket mit der Wachaubahn.
Auch das Eintrittsband selbst erhalten Sie direkt in der Wachaubahn.
Getting there and using public transport
Arriving by train
The city of Krems can be reached by direct train from Vienna on the Franz Josef Railway – travel time 1 hour. Via St. Pölten, Krems is also connected with the Western railway – travel time approx. 35 minutes.
The city of Melk is on the Western Railway. See timetable on
The Wachau Linien buses between Krems and Melk run at hourly intervals on the north bank (Dürnstein, Weißenkirchen, Spitz) and at two-hourly intervals on the south bank (Mautern, Rossatz, Arnsdorf). See also the item “Travelling by bus and ferry at the Wachau Weinfrühling”.
www.vor.at or +43 810 22 23 24.
Arriving by car
Coming from Vienna: S5 to Krems or onwards on the B3 towards Melk. Coming from St. Pölten: S33 to Krems or onwards on the B3 towards Melk. Coming from Linz: A1 to Melk then on the B3 towards Krems, or A1 to St. Pölten then the S33 to Krems or onwards on the B3 towards Melk. Arriving from Graz: A2 towards Vienna, the A21 towards St. Pölten and onwards on the S33 to Krems. Whilst travel by car has some advantages, please note that some wineries only have limited parking available and that the historic town centres have very narrow streets, where a lot of reversing is required.
The Danube Cycle Path in the Wachau is very popular all year round. Exploring the Wachau by bicycle is very flexible, either on your own machine or with a rental.
The Wachau railway runs along the North bank between Krems and Melk and is a special experience. For part of the time, the line runs past open views of the vineyards and then goes into tunnels hewn into the solid rock face, making this a particularly atmospheric way of experiencing this World Heritage Site. Please see www.noevog.at for timetables and other information
Danube boat cruises
Visiting the Wachau by boat is one of the most beautiful ways of experiencing this World Heritage Site. Many offers are available, and they can be combined with excursions to tourist destinations or culinary experiences. See
On the evening of the first tasting day, winemakers and guests are invited to a convivial evening of wine and music at Schloss Spitz. The event starts at 6 pm and ends at 1 am. Several bars will be serving a constantly changing selection of Steinfeder and Federspiel wines, and a selection of hot and cold dishes will be prepared by Harry's Gastrotainment.
The Supervision band will be providing the atmosphere and playing a session. Entry to the Steinfeder Night costs € 15.00 per person for holders of a Weinfrühling entry wristband. The regular price is € 20.00. The price of entry includes Steinfeder and Federspiel wines served in the bars, as well as Vöslauer mineral water. Ticket sales will only be available at the evening box office.
Shuttle bus: At 11 pm and 1 am there will be a shuttle bus service from the train station in Spitz to the train station in Krems. At midnight there will be a shuttle bus service from Spitz train station to Melk. It will be possible to get off at destinations along the way. Please contact the driver regarding this. Tickets will only be sold at the Steinfeder Night and will be priced at € 5.00 per person.
What is the best way to find accommodation during the Wachau Weinfrühling?
The Wachau Weinfrühling is one of the weekends with the most demand of any the whole year, and many regular visitors book a place to stay well in advance. You are thus strongly urged to reserve accommodation as early as possible. Click here for the online accommodation finder hosted by Donau Niederösterreich Tourismus.
Restaurants and Heuriger wine taverns
To find culinary delights, one need not look far in the Wachau region. Travelling along the Danube, visitors will discover several of Austria’s most celebrated restaurants, in addition to refined country-style cuisine and the Heuriger specialities. Whatever the dining choice, Wachau wine will be in abundant supply. Especially when travelling in a group, we also recommend in this case to make a reservation in advance. You will find a list of country inns and restaurants on our website under myWachau.