Nestling in between hills, the Wachau river landscape has retained its charm over the centuries. Its architecture, settlements, agricultural land use, especially that of its wine terraces, are a vivid reminder of an area developed and cultivated by man, which has evolved both organically and harmoniously over time. The Wachau countryside was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2002.
Further information can be found here: http://www.unesco.at/kultur/oe_welterbe_wachau.htm
The town of Mautern successfully links the benefits of the Wachau's World Heritage Site status with stylish hospitality. Thus it is you can expect among other things a lot of evidence of its Roman past, its medieval buildings, cosy wine taverns (Heuriger) and smart places to eat.
Mautern however is also an ideal starting point to visit the town of Krems with its old town and 'Art Mile of Museums' in Stein, the seminary in Göttweig or the medieval town of Dürnstein. In addition to a boat trip on the Danube or a cycle ride along the banks of the river, it is recommended you go for a hike along the Wachau World Heritage Trail; this links up all of the communities on both banks of the Danube from Mautern to Melk, following romantic tracks that are easily accessible on foot.