Transdanube.Pearls explores the Upper Austrian Danube region

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Vienna, 11 July 2017 – In the course of a study visit organized as part of the project “Transdanube.Pearls”, led by the Umweltbundesamt (Environment Agency Austria), around 40 participants visited the Upper Austrian Danube region and Werfenweng, a best-practice example of the Alpine Pearls. This trip was followed by a partner meeting, in which the participants continued their work on the implementation of new/improved mobility services, regional mobility centres and new tourist packages for inhabitants and tourists in the regions along the Danube.

 

40 participants explored the Upper Austrian Danube region in the course of a study trip and the partner meeting as part of the new EU-project “Transdanube.Pearls” from 3rd to 7th July 2017. As this project aims at developing a network of destinations (“Pearls”) committed to sustainable mobility in tourism, with the goal to improve sustainable mobility to, within and between these destinations, Werfenweng was also part of the itinerary. Werfenweng is one of 27 municipalities in the Alpine region that belongs to the network “Alpine Pearls” and which dedicates itself to soft mobility.

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The participants of the study trip cycled along the Danube Cycle Path in Upper Austria and experienced various mobility offers on the cycle path, such as ferry rides, rides with wooden barges, etc. A short hike to the prospect of the Donauschlinge Schlögen and a visit of the Engelszell Abbey was also part of the program. This trip was followed by a partner meeting, in which the participants continued their work on the implementation of new/improved mobility services, regional mobility centres and new tourist packages for inhabitants and tourists in the regions along the Danube. These offers will create a unique selling proposition for the participating destinations, increase the attractiveness of the whole Danube region and above all, reduce the negative impact on the environment.

Attractive mobility solutions for tourists and inhabitants

During the project lifetime each destination will foster sustainable mobility in tourism through a comprehensive set of actions, such as the implementation of mobility information centers and mobility managers, the elaboration of dedicated capacity building measures for local and regional stakeholders and the improvement of information on mobility and tourism for inhabitants and tourists. In addition to that, pilot actions on bike rental, carriage, parking systems, new cycling paths or bus shuttle systems will be implemented in order to enhance sustainable mobility along the Danube. In summer 2017, experts from the mobility and tourism sector will travel along the Danube for 21 days using only sustainable means of transport! This tour will provide valuable inputs about the relevant touristic points of interest, the possibilities to get there with sustainable mobility services and the availability and accessibility of information on sustainable means of transport to, between and within future Pearls.

 

Further information:

Petra Kestler, Press Office, Environment Agency Austria, Phone +43 1 313 04-5432