The picturesque holiday destination Weissenkirchen comprises the villages Weissenkirchen, Joching, Woesendorf and St. Michael. Each village is unique and charming in a different way.
Weissenkirchen – a Picturesque Winegrowing Village
Originally Weissenkirchen was the centre of the historic Wachau valley. It is dominated by the impressive, fortified church from the 14th century. The square tower of the church rises above the village houses and estates of the local winemakers. Next to the church you find the oldest primary school of Austria, first mentioned 1385 and still in use.
Below the church there is the Teisenhoferhof. This court was erected as a gothic fortress in 1335.
1439-1465 it was enlarged by Heinrich Teisenhofer. 1542 two fortified towers and crennelations were added and the Renaissance court was established. It was used for meetings and court.
Best-known territories: Achleiten, Klaus, Steinriegel
Joching – a most Charming Village
In this idyllic village you find vineyards not only on the terraces but also in the lower areas.
The Prandtauerhof is an architectural jewel with a tradition of 700 years. Originally designed as a harvest court by the collegiate church St. Poelten in 1308, it was turned into a baroque jewel by the Architect Jakob Prandtauer, the renowned architect of the monastery in Melk, in 1696.
Best-known territories: Kollmitz, Pichlpoint
Woesendorf – following the stone-age
The village dates back to a settlement in the Stone Age. The historic importance of the place is featured by former monastic yards.
Discover the baroque parish church (1784-1791) with paintings by the famous Kremser Schmidt, the picturesque market square and narrow alleys.
Corpus Christi and Thanksgiving are celebrated in a very traditional way. The houses in the village are decorated and the locals wear their traditional costumes with gold braided hats and the procession is accompanied by the local brass band.
Best-known territories: Kollmütz, Hochrain
St. Michael – the Ancient Parish of the Wachau
The village comprises just 13 houses, but the tiny village is of great historic importance. The oldest parish of the Wachau was first mentioned in 987 and cared for the Christians of the Wachau and the southern parts of the Waldviertel. The now gothic church with its tower and bone house forms a landmark and gives testimony to ancient times. The roof ridge is decorated with 7 animalistic figures, called rabbits by the locals, the origin of which is unknown and mysterious.
Best-known territories: Harzenleiten