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Austrian valley recognised as EDEN

Meadow with mountains in background ©


5 November 2007

The Pielachtal was recognised as one of 10 "European Destinations of Excellence" (EDEN) at the sixth European Annual Tourism Forum, held this year in Portugal on 26th October.  

The EDEN Project seeks to highlight the value, diversity and shared characteristics of European tourist destinations and to promote destinations where economic growth also ensures social, cultural and environmental sustainability.

Fighting off competition from hundreds of candidates in 10 different countries, the Pielachtal has been recognised as one of 10 "Best emerging rural destinations" in Europe.  With its trademark, cherry-like Dirndl (English "cornel"), the Pielachtal is located in the Mostviertel region of Lower Austria and has the Mariazellerbahn railroad running through its valley, connecting the centre of pilgrimage, Mariazell, with the provincial capital, St. Pölten. Sustained by its centuries-old tradition of farming, the valley also boasts some 1000km of hiking trails, and local handicrafts and cultural projects continue to charm today.

For assistance with planning your trip to the Pielachtal or any other destination in Austria, we recommend that you contact the Austrian National Tourist Office in Sydney, Australia.