Stift Melk and Dürnstein at the Danube

Stift Melk, Wachau Austria

While staying in Weissenkirchen, Austria, and the wine region of Wachau, we did day trips to Vienna, the castle of Archduke Franz Ferdinand (Schloss Artstetten), and took a day cruise to Stift Melk. It was a week full of history and sightseeings

Arriving at our Bed & Breakfast “Donauhof” Hotel Garni in Weissenkirchen.

Wachau is a Wine region along the Danube, with a mild climate and excellent white wines. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wachau is magical in every season.

Wachau, Weissenkirchen

We took our time, in a rustic wine cellar with a crackling log fire and an old-fashioned wine press. Nowhere is this time more beautiful, sociable, tasty and carefree than at a hearty “Hauerjausn” accompanied by full-bodied sweet wines from the region.

Men with accordion playing in Weissenkirchen

Being serenaded by an Accordion player, singing the famous “Mariandl” song

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The famous song Mariandl 1962 movie was filmed near the town Spitz, with Rudolf Prack & Conny Froboess

Located on the eastern edge of Weissenkirchen, wine was grown here on the dry stone terraces since the 12th century. In the upper part of the location dominates the bright Gföhler Gneiss, on the lower slopes emerge dark, often slated Amphibolite rocks. The slopes are optimally inclined to the sun with a special quality of the primeval soil.

The “Achleiten” is perhaps the most characterful location of the Wachau. The location here brings grapes for many wines with many minerals and enormous shelf life.

Wachau cruise ship Danube Donau
Danube cruise ship

On the southern bank of the Danube in a natural idyll of the Wachau is a magnificent view over the mighty stream. On the famous Ried Achleiten, past Weissenkirchen and the high up Dürnstein are the ruins that is embedded in their own vineyards. There you will find traditional wine taverns called Heuriger

The gentle hills are all planted with grapevines, along the Danube you see villages with a medieval character. Due to the mild climate influenced by the Danube, the Wachau produces excellent wines (to the sweeter side), which are appreciated by connoisseurs all over the world.

A walk through the Wachau wine mountains

We walked from Weissenkirchen to Spitz on a vineyard trail for several miles

Bed & Breakfast, Spitz, Wachau
Walked by this Bed & Breakfast in Spitz

While hiking through the vineyards, we stopped at an old Defence Church that surrounded by a medieval wall

Castle Schloss Artstetten, Duke Franz Ferdinand
Schloss Artstetten, Duke Franz Ferdinand castle

Duke Franz Ferdinand (Haus Habsburg-Lothringen) was assassinated at a state visit in 1914 Sarajevo, Bosnia. His murder subsequently caused WWI, a historical and dark time in history

Weissenkirchen, Austria
Duernstein, Austria, Danube
Duernstein, Austria, Danube

Dürnstein is a small town on the Danube river in the Krems district, in Austria. It is one of the most-visited tourist destinations in the Wachau region and also a well-known for their wines.

On a Danube boat ride along the 33 km from Melk to Krems are multitude historic buildings.

Burg ruin Loewenherz, Duernstein, Austria
Burg Ruin Loewenherz, Duernstein, Austria

A high density of excellent restaurants and inns, where you are served regional cuisine of the highest level at reasonable prices in a tasteful balance of down-to-earth ingredients and creative element food, will not leave gourmets disappointed.

The Benedictine abbey Melk Abbey (until the 19th century also Stift Mölk) is located in Lower Austria near the city of Melk on the right bank of the Danube. The present (Baroque) building was built in the years 1702-1746 by Jakob Prandtauer. As a symbol of the Wachau, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was described as the “most emblematic and dominant baroque building”. It also houses the Stiftsgymnasium Melk, the oldest existing school in Austria.

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