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Dürnstein, Wachau, where King Richard Lionheart was held captive in the 12th century.
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Wachau Cultural Landscape, Austria

Wachau Valley, Austria
The Wachau is a stretch of the Danube Valley between Melk and Krems, a landscape that shows a remarkably-preserved medieval landscape that has evolved organically over time. The architecture in the towns and villages shows the development of the region and its society over many centuries. The Wachau has inspired romantic legends for centuries and the castles are full of tales of love and heartbreak, particularly from the medieval days.