Infobox World Heritage Site
WHS = Wachau Cultural Landscape
State Party = AUT
Type = Cultural
Criteria = ii, iv
ID = 970
Region = Europe and North America
Year = 2000
Session = 24th
Link = http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/970
The Wachau (IPA2|vaˈxaʊ) is an
Austrian valley with a landscape of high visibility formed by the Danuberiver. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located precisely between the towns of Melkand Krems. It is 30 km in length and was already settled in prehistoric times. A well-known place and tourist magnet is Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lion-Heart of Englandwas held captive by Duke Leopold V.
The Wachau is highly well known for its production of
apricots and grapes, both of which are used to produce specialty liquors and wines.
The Wachau was added to the
UNESCOlist of world heritage sites in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history.
Related to the Austrian Wachau is an area in
North Carolina, comprising most of Forsyth County. Founded in 1753 by members of the Moravian Churchthe colony of 100,000 acres (400 km²) was named "die Wachau" after the valley in Austria because western North Carolina reminded their leader Bishop August Gottlieb Spangenbergof the ancestral home of the Moravians' patron Nicolaus Ludwig, Imperial Count von Zinzendorf1700-1760. Now the Latin form of the name, "Wachovia," is used, hence the name of the Wachovia Corporationfounded there in 1879.
*de icon [http://www.wachau.at/ Wachau Official Website]
*de icon [http://www.weissenkirchen.at/ Wachau, Weissenkirchen Website]
*de icon [http://www.wachauer.net/ Wachauer.Net]
* [http://www.winemonger.com/catalog/winemonger-talk/the-six-commandments-of-the-codex-wachau/2006/09/01// Winemonger.com article on the Codex Wachau]
* [http://www.vinea-wachau.at/index_en.htm/ Vinea Wachau]
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