of the word. And this was officially documented by the admission of this 36-kilometer long riverside between Melk and Krems as a "cultural world heritage" by Unesco. Natural elements like the elegantly snaking Danube, bottom lands, rugged rocks, dramatically steep slopes and charming hillsides complement one another in thrilling harmony. And the works created by man,
from the vineyards rising high along stony terraces to the picturesque communes harboring architecturally intriguing estates, mansions and churches and, finally, the abbeys of Göttweig, Dürnstein and Melk as historically outstanding monuments of cultural interest.