General press information
Destination Waldviertel GmbH was founded as early as 1999 on a PPP basis (public-private-partnership). This professionalised the structure of the tourist market which had been functionary-based up to that time. The Waldviertel was the first destination in Lower Austria to adopt this policy and became a pioneer in Austria.
Nordic and fresh as the dew. Luscious green, dark woods, mossy granite rocks, bright red fields of poppies, clear lakes and deep moors. Waldviertrel nature is striking. To those not content just to observe nature but who want to feel and experience it - the Waldviertel is austere but endearing. The seven nature parks and the Thaya Valley National Park are home to plant and animal species either at risk of extinction elsewhere or already long extinct. In the Waldviertel an excursion to an “ordinary” forest turns into an “extraordinary” rendezvous with nature …
It is not difficult for the Waldviertel to compete with a playstation or an X-Box. There's something on all the time in the Waldviertel, summer and winter. Sometimes you'll get wet feet or cold ears but that's all part of life, part of “real“ nature. Bears and gemstones, steam trains and husky sleds, dense forests and bracing lakes - you'll get red cheeks instead of square eyes here in the Waldviertel.
The chequered history of the Waldviertel ranges from the “Venus of Willendorf” to the colonisation by the Babenbergs, from King Ottokar to the ribbon vendors of the 17th century. In the northern region of Austria centuries of war and hunger alternated with periods of economic revival and cultural boom.