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21 travelers at this place:

  • Day11

    Wachau Valley

    October 10 in Austria

    This is the grape growing region along the Danube river.

  • Day17

    Bike Austria

    July 16 in Austria

    There is no better way to see Europe than by bike. Riding under wild apricot and spoke trees along the river, through rain which added to the charm, across a punt generated by the river current and through a town translated into English ‘white Church’ that is so story book, so charming, so European I feel like I’m walking through a movie.

    Hooked on Austria


  • Day17

    Sound of Music

    July 16 in Austria

    All scenes from the movie. All very surreal to see. Our guide crushed a few of my romantic notions and liberties taken by Hollywood, BUT, I am leaving wanting to watch the movie again. Salzburg has a lot to see.


  • Day17

    Melk. Where i Could Live

    July 16 in Austria

    The Benadictine monks are still working in a property given to them not long after Christ. No history lessons are needed here.... documentation and learning happens from the standing stones left from previous generations... bodies pulled from the catacombs decorated and in the church, evidence via broken castles of the 30 year war if the 1600 against Protestants and Catholics, and solid beauty and prosperity in the building. History all written in stone. No paper needed.

    The herb healing garden with centuries of knowing is a highlight, the church opulence overwhelming. A town not overrun by tourism. Genuine feel that I could unpack slowly.

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  • Day17

    Mozart Was Here

    July 16 in Austria

    His birthplace, his second home, and the memorial which makes him look taller with smaller ears, nose and less polio scaring. His music way overcompensates. His beauty transcends physical elements.


  • Day18

    Docked at Melk this morning. Melk is named after its river which runs close to the Danube just here. Two guided tours available today - Melk Abbey or a walk around town with a guide, which is the one we did. The walking groups are about 30 people usually and we each have an earpiece tuned to the guide's mike. Another interesting place. We started by getting a ride up to the abbey - just as well as the abbeys always seem to be at the town's highest point. The abbey is huge and although there are still some monks here, it is primarily a school these days. The fees are €90 a month. It is basically a Catholic school, but any faith is welcome. But, all students must attend religious instruction - Catholic or Protestant - even if they are Muslim or Jewish or whatever. All students must also study latin and achieve a pass level.
    Melk is a nice little town, as they've all been. The guide showed us some sites of interest and a bit of history, and then we wandered around ourselves. Then a fifteen minute stroll took us back to our ship in time for lunch - I wish our calves would put on the daily weight increase that I am on this ship.
    After lunch we set sail for Durnstein, 32kms downstream. The ship carries some bicycles and some people cycled along the river and rejoined the ship at Durnstein. This stretch of the river is the Wachau Valley and is spectacular.
    Anyone who wanted could go ashore here and explore on their own. In the lounge, the chef gave a lesson on making 'the best apple strudel in the world' - Janette went to this. At the same time the bridge was available for group (15 people at a time) tours by the captain - John did this.
    Entertainment in the lounge tonight was an Australian singer who lives in Austria - Brett Reid.
    This is certainly the best direction to do this cruise - it just gets better the further you go - and we've still got Vienna, Budapest and Prague to come.
    Tomorrow Vienna. Tomorrow night our classical concert in Vienna.
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  • Day23

    Durnstein Austria

    July 11, 2016 in Austria

    quaint little austrian village - 1 street -12 cars. long walk up to the castle where Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in 1192. Apricots are king here everything from schnapps to wine to marmelade to dessert.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Dürnstein, Duernstein, Дюрнштайн

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