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Politischer Bezirk Krems

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  • Day12

    Tag 12 - Krems an der Donau

    July 26, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    60 km / 685 km - 6 / 61 Stunden

    Ausgaben:

    0 € / 5 € Transport (Fähre, etc.)
    6 € / 125 € Lebensmittel
    27 € / 73 € Unterkunft
    0 € / 3 € Eintrittspreise

    33 € / 208 € Gesamt

    Der Donau-Radweg zeigt sich heute von seiner interessanteren Seite.
    Ich folge ihm duch viele kleine und schöne Ortschaften. Vorbei an vielen Weinhängen und Marillen. Wenigstens letztere sind in großer Zahl dem Besitz des Landherren zu entnehmen. Lecker.

    In Krems lande ich in einem Radfahrer-Hostel. Wahrscheinlich ein Hostel mit Fahrrad-Garage. Aber ich freue mich über letztere. Aber dennoch wiegen die 22 € schwer in der Reisekasse. Aber ich denke an die Marillen.
    Und das Vier-Bett-Zimmer gehört mir allene. So kann ich noch bis in die Nacht an der Reisedokumentation arbeiten. Es ist alles immer eine Frage der Perspektive.

    Song des Tages:
    Vengeance - Ashbury
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  • Day9

    Vienna

    September 28, 2019 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Arrived in Vienna at around 6pm, and were transferred straight to our Mozart and Strauss concert at a famous concert hall. Only a small hall especially for Viking, but the artists were extremely talented.

    We did a bus tour of Vienna the following day, including an hour free time to wander around the city. We chose to then go on the optional tour of Schonbrunn Palace which was fantastic...so much grandeur and history!Read more

  • Day24

    Afternoon, Krems

    September 5, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    My boat ride ended at Krems an der Donau, a town of about 24,000 people. Located where the Krems river meets the Danube, it's lso known as The Gateway to the Wachau Valley..

    After checking into my hotel, I decided to do two things-- conquer my hunger, and explore the town. My three-mile walk led me through the Steiner Tor-- an old town entrance-- into the old city. I walked down the Landstrasse-- the pedestrian-friendly main street-- past old buildings and new stores, tourists and street museums.

    I found a great Doner place at the end, ate a delicious wrap, said thank you to the workers in three languages, and then returned down Landstrasse. A detour took me to a film shoot going on in the middle of town. Don't know whether it was a film, TV show or commercial they were shooting, but there were a few dozen people hard at work, and it was fun watching them.

    After this, I found and walked to the Bahnhof (train station) The following morning I'd be leaving for Vienna, possibly in the rain. Best to know how far the station was from the hotel, and be sure about train times, and getting my bike onboard.

    I walked the 5 blocks back to the hotel, hung out for a bit, posting pics from the morning's boat ride. After dark, I felt cooped up and hungry again, so I headed back downtown. The Landstrasse was quiet and empty, completely different from the scene I'd walked through that afternoon.

    Following my ears, I went back through the Steiner Tor and listed to a handful of musicians wowing a coffee-shop crowd with jazzy tunes. A beer garden across the street was still very much open. There I found a yummy bowl of goulash, and a cold beer, plus a few minutes to people watch, and continue enjoying the group's music.

    I returned to the hotel thankful for a full day-- being off the bike left me plenty of energy to experience the sights and sounds around me. Tomorrow, friends and Vienna!
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  • Day24

    Morning on the Danube

    September 5, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    After 125 miles and three straight days of riding, I decided to give my legs a break and let a boat be my bike. So this morning I floated from Melk to Krems-- two hours and 25ish miles  through Austria's Wachau Valley, and area known for it's wine and apricots (Marille)

    It was a relaxing time, and....well, why don't I show you?  Since FindPenguins limits videos to just one minute, just click here to see it:   https://youtu.be/fNSxM0BICo4Read more

  • Day24

    What do these have in common?

    September 5, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Both have ties to the area I floated through today, Austria's Wachau Valley.

    The Venus of Willendorf-- one of the oldest statues ever found (~25,000 years!) was discovered here in 1908. Scientists still debate what it represented, and whether it suggests a matriarchal society.

    King Richard was held prisoner in the castle above Dürenstein, a Wachau Valley town, for a couple years following the 3rd Crusade. Legend has it he was found and set free after "the King’s faithful minnesinger travelled from castle to castle until he found him in Dürnstein by singing a refrain, which the prisoner sang back."

    For more info...

    https://www.khanacademy.org/.../pal.../a/venus-of-willendorf
    https://www.duernstein.at/.../the-ruin-of-duernstein.html
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  • Day172

    Heurigen Weingut, Langenlois

    December 15, 2016 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    After having put a donation in an adapted milk churn for our stay at Ardagger, we emptied our waste, topped our water up at the fountain and set off to fill up with diesel and LPG on route.

    Continuing to follow the course of the River Danube, we were reminded very much of our time beside the River Rhein in Germany. We found ourselves once again in the land of a wide, fast flowing river with long transport barges and glass sided cruise ships, within a valley lined with vine terraces and grand castles.

    We passed a few interesting things on the way, first was a Schnitzel Drive In, something neither of us had seen before, but that Will was sorely tempted by. Second was a three storey school that had placed 4ft square canvasses outside each window. Some displayed numbers between 16 and 25 and others displayed a Christmas image painted by the children. They had turned their school into a giant advent calendar!

    Heurigen Weingut was up on the valley side and reached by very narrow roads. At one point we needed to reverse and turn back when we were faced with a lane that may or may not have been wider than the van, but that had tight bends and 4ft high concrete walls either side with scrape marks along them from others who hadn't been as cautious! The stopover was a quiet gravel car park that you could stay in for free if you ate at the wine producer's restaurant. Thursday just happened to be their rest day so we ended up staying for free.
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  • Day10

    Burgruine castle

    May 21, 2019 in Austria ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Helt underbar dag. Ätit en tre rätters middag uppdelade på tre olika ställen, vandrat genom Durnsteins smala historiska gränder, samt gått en miljon trappsteg upp till Burgruine slottsruiner. Fulländad dag

  • Day17

    The Wachau Valley and Spitz, Austria

    October 1, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    This morning we woke up and it seemed really hard to get out of bed, even after a solid 8 hours of sleep. It is going to be really hard getting back to regular life after this. Anyways, we had a lazy breakfast with mimosas and eggs benedict. Then it was time to get ready for the morning tour.

    Our boat docked in Spitz, Austria around 9:00. We were ready to offload the ship around 9:30 and met with our tour guide, Verena.

    All 6 of us did the same tour together. It was a tour of a shipping museum mixed with an opportunity to taste different apricot food and drink. They split the group into two sections and Brooke and I went to the apricot tasting first.

    Spitz is located in the Wachau Walley which is very abundant in apricots and they had six different items for us to taste. The reason for apricots being an important product has something to do with an insect that infected the vineyards in the 19th century. The apricots saved the farmers from financial ruin and remain an important product even today. First up was an apricot schnapps which was slightly better than a regular straight vodka (at around 10:00 AM). Next up was an apricot liqueur which was like drinking liquid gold, to die for. Afterwards we had an apricot jam which was very delicious. Then there was a chocolate coated apricot kernel. The kernel of the apricot is a little seed that is inside the pit (looks like a nut). It normally has traces of cyanide in it and is normally poisonous, but by roasting them it makes it safe to eat. Verena proved this by eating one herself before offering them to us. These were actually quite tasty. Next was an apricot chutney that was similar to a BBQ sauce (which Brooke loved). And last was more apricot kernels that were roasted and lightly salted. All of these were delicious and quite a treat!

    After we finished with the tasting, we switched guides and went through the shipping museum. This was all about how they used to transport goods up and down the Danube centuries ago before they had steam engine boats. There were some nifty miniature models of boats throughout. The models were made by a man who is now 95 years old and the most intricate one took 12 years to build. The museum tour was ok, but not extremely interesting. I don't think I would go on my own and I'm sure they get everyone to go because of the apricot tastings.

    Next we went back to the ship where our tour guide held a wine tasting for us. We sampled four wines from the Wachau Valley, all from the same grape variety, gruner veltliner. They were quite generous pours for just tastes and by the end of it, I was definitely starting to feel the wine and it was only noon. Lunch was next and we all needed some solid food. For some reason I had two desserts again.....uh oh said the waistline....oh well :)

    After lunch we were all signed up for a hike (which was well needed) through the wine country hillsides. We walked up through a forested area and made it to the top of the hills beside the river where all of the vines are planted. Much of the wine is grown on terraces and it creates a picturesque landscape of wine country mixed with the Austrian villages, beautiful! We stopped for a moment to enjoy the scenery and take some pictures. Brett, Rae, and I clambered up to the top of a stone archway and Brooke got some great shots.

    We got back to the boat around 2:30 and the boat departed shortly thereafter. We spent part of it up on the top deck enjoying the view of the hillsides as we cruised by. It gets quite breezy up on the top when the boat is moving so we have to be dressed warmly. Brooke finished her book this afternoon, The Woman in Berlin, and will try to start her next one soon. We also had some time to grab a nap and then some Zelda (Brooke suggested it).

    We got changed for dinner and I managed to do another load of laundry! Now I have clean socks for the rest of the trip. This evening, lots of the boat passengers got off to go to a private concert in Vienna. We elected not to go since we went to a concert in Prague and we knew that it would be something similar with only 8 or 9 musicians. And we would be able to enjoy the boat with far less people. They ended serving dinner quite early and it was a buffet service. We chose to eat later to avoid the rush of people which was a smart idea.

    For dinner we ate with a couple we had met from Halifax, Bill and Jill. It was lovely to eat together and share in the conversation with some fellow Canadians (everyone had a mutual distaste for Air Canada Rouge). Dinner was classic Austrian food and the highlight was the wiener schnitzel, which I had to have a double portion of. Overall I ate way way way too much food and felt incredibly uncomfortable after dinner. So much so that I think I might have to put myself on a self-imposed diet tomorrow.

    After dinner we went and enjoyed the quiet lounge without the entire boat on board. It was quite nice actually. We took a picture with our favorite bartender, Lazlo, who is switching to a different boat tomorrow.

    Once the rest of the boat got back from the private concert the lounge got much more busy. They had actually served a late lunch (must be at a wedding) of Austrian food. We grabbed a road pretzel for tomorrow and decided to call it an early night.

    Tomorrow we explore Vienna!

    Tyler and Brooke
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  • Day17

    Durch die Wachau

    October 4, 2019 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 9 °C

    Mit dem Bus statt Schiff geht es dann durch die Wachau (mit dem Schiff wäre sicherlich schöner gewesen, aber man kann ja nicht alles haben). Es ist gerade Weinlesezeit. Kaum vorstellbar, dass das satte Grün in zwei bis drei Wochen golden leuchtet. Ein hübsches Städtchen reiht sich ans nächste, immer mit Burg oder Kloster oder Wehrkirche. Man bekommt richtig Lust, der Donau nochmal irgendwann auf eigene Faust zu folgen und jedes Türmchen zu erkunden...Read more

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