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Top Luxury Travel Tips for staying with the locals at Wagram & Wachau in Lower Austria

It’s this thing with “little hideaways”, that you first have to go out and really find them. It’s in a place called “In der Spitz” for instance, a place where local wine estate, Heurigen & the recently opened Boutique Hotel “WeinSpitz” join up to create a unique piece of local, Lower Austrian wine culture, that you may find yourself one such beautiful, “little hideaway”. Add to this the estate’s location facing southwest on a hillside, and you get a fairytale like residence for your next holiday right inside the vineyards.

The other one around my homeland in Lower Austria is “Alter Winzerkeller“, located in Kirchberg am Wagram, about half an hour’s drive west from Vienna: The owner, Ernst Vogel, has carefully managed to renovate the old wine cellar & press house, turning it into luxury countryside accommodation units. If I didn’t live as close, I’d very much like to stay here, and you should definitely consider to do so! Bonus: “Weritas Wagram“, the local area wine shop just nearby, offers a wide range of typical local flavours for you to try.

Willkommen in Kirchberg am Wagram ...

Welcome to Kirchberg am Wagram …

 

... im "Alten Winzerkeller" ...

… and to this ultimately charming, local accommodation called “Alter Winzerkeller” (Old Wine Cellar) …

 

... der Blick in den Garten, sowie das Gespräch mit Gastgeber Ernst Vogel verraten ...

… talking to my host Ernst Vogel, and taking a peek round the building …

 

... hier ist alles mit Liebe von Hand gemacht !

… tell me that he hasn’t been sitting still, ultimately: “My son is an architect, and I do most of the building work”, Ernst Vogel adds laughing while showing me around …

 

... selbst die Architektur im Keller, hier die Eisenstangen für den "Alten Winzerkeller", stammen aus der Handfertigung des Gastgebers ...

… even the design of the “Old Wine Cellar” itself is all handmade by himself.

 

“And you really know everything to build all of this yourself?!”, I keep asking Ernst Vogel, honestly impressed. “My father and grandfather were barrel makers around here, you know”, he smiles modestly, adding: “I take after them in enjoying to build things with my own hands. The ‘Old Winer Cellar’ would have been sold elsewhere if we had not, with the support of the Office for Antiquities and Monuments, preserved and modernised it into the beautiful, historic building it is today.” Even the furniture in the brand new lounge has “only” been covered by the furniture company; the construction of the chaises and sofas comes from the (technically) expert father-son-duo. Fantastic. Plus, there’s even a room for the creative souls, like myself in here: “Yes, I’m always doing watercolour painting classes. The art in the guest rooms is also mine”, Ernst Vogel continues to smile modestly. No wonder most of his guests are regulars – it’s easy to fall in love with such an accommodation. Check this out.

Vom modern gestalteten Aufenthaltsraum ...

Love this brand new lounge right next to the old building …

 

... über die "kreative Ecke" des Betriebes ...

… including a “creative room” for activities such as watercolour painting courses …

 

... bis hin zu den historischen Kellergewölben, jetzt Frühstücks- und Empfangsräume ...

… all the way to the “Old Wine Cellar” itself, now turned breakfast and reception rooms …

 

... sowie dem ehemaligen Schüttkasten, heute liebevoll eingerichtete Gästezimmer ...

… fancy staying here, anyone? …

 

... der "Alte Winzerkeller", definitiv eine Adresse zum Merken für das "Schlafen auf dem Lande", wie es die Gastgeber so schön propagieren!

… definitely add “Alter Winzerkeller” to your list of accommodation in Lower Austria, close to Vienna!

 

It’s a similar (love) story in the Wachau valley. Only another half hour west of Wagram, you may find yourself in one of the most beautiful river landscapes of Austria.

Proud to be from here, I must say, having grown up in the nearby area of Krems – Wachau – Kamptal, in central Lower Austria. And yes, I have already visited the Donabaums in Spitz an der Donau, have enjoyed their typical Heurigen wine bar & snacks, but have yet had to fall in love with their new WeinSpitz Boutique Hotel … it gets tricky leaving again, after you’ve landed yourself here. I mean, what a place, really …

... und wem wär's zu verdenken?

… just like a fairytale: The view from the upper rooms of the recently opened hotel, overlooking the garden & wine terraces …

 

... auch der Heurigen direkt am (Wein)Garten gelegen ist überaus einladend ...

… love the view from the Heurigen, too …

 

... der neu gestaltete Wellness- und Outdoor-Pool-Bereich ist es sowieso ...

… and here’s the new outdoor pool & Spa area …

 

... und für das leibliche Wohl sorgt die direkt anschließende Wein- und Hausbar ...

… come and take a seat (sip) with the local owners at their own bar …

 

.... weder den guten Marillensaft ...

…. try the lovely, locally grown & made apricot juice …

 

... noch die ausgezeichneten Weine solltet Ihr hier verschmähen ...

… the excellent wines, notably Grüner Veltliner and Riesling varieties …

 

... auch die modernen Gästezimmer eröffnen den Blick stets in die schöne Weinterrassenlandschaft der Wachau ...

… all the local guest rooms offer a view over the surrounding vineyard landscape, the Wachau being one of Austria’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage sites …

 

... ein Ort zum Wohlfühlen, und Willkommen-Geheißen-Werden durch & durch!

… a place to feel good through and through!

 

Vielen herzlichen Dank für den schönen Empfang, liebe Familie Donabaum!

Thank you for such a lovely visit, dear Donabaum family! And for sending me this cute family pic 😉 (c) Familie Donabaum

 

Check out all you need to know here, via the websites of both accommodation tips: “Alter Winzerkeller – Schlafen auf dem Lande“, and “Das WeinSpitz – Weingut Donabaum“.

 

Fancy reading even more countryside stories and / or looking for places to stay in Lower Austria on your next trip here? I have prepared an entire collection of articles for you:

 

Disclaimer: I have been supported by the Austrian Farm Holiday Association of Lower Austria. All opinions are my own.

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Elena writes about creative destinations, shares her personal travel stories and brings inspiring photography & interesting news updates home to you. Her mission is: "Continue to be amazed at this world, one creative travel experience at a time."

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