The Danube River Valley

One has to choose their route when traveling between Vienna and Salzburg.  I recommend the longer route, cruising the Danube’s Wachau Valley.  Lovely little towns are spread out along this wine country and our first stop was Krems.

First stop, !?!? town

First stop, Krems, on yet another May holiday(church in session, all stores closed)

Another sculpture. honestly....

Another sculpture. Honestly….see the 3 generations of Mize-Humphrey’s bottom right.

At least there was plenty of gelato and baked goods to be found.

Stores may be closed, but at least there was plenty of Gelato and baked goods to be found.

Dolphins in Austria, of course.

Dolphins in Austria, of course.

But, we continue on to Durnstein. INCREDIBLE town.

But, we continue on to Durnstein.

This is an incredibly lovely, traffic free town with one claim to fame.   Richard the Lion-Hearted was imprisoned here in 1193…

Check out the vineyard below, with the castle ruins above.

Vineyard below, with the castle ruins above that imprisoned Richard the LionHearted

Now, it is full of lovely shops, restaurants, and Heurigen (wine taverns where the vintners sell their newest wine).  We managed to push a 15 kg toddler in a stroller around the narrow cobble-stoned lined streets to find a lovely spot for lunch.

Great weather for an outdoor meal.

Great weather for an outdoor meal.

the entire town was full of the most quaint architecture.

The entire town was full of the most quaint architecture.

Doncha just want to stop and order a Bier in the garden from this gal in the dirndl?

Doncha just want to stop and order a Bier in the garden from this gal in the dirndl?

The view of the Danube river from above, the end of the main road in town.

The view of the Danube river from above, the end of the main road in town.

The Danube River along the Wachau

The Danube River along the Wachau, a region known for superb white wine, Riesling and Gruner Veltliner

(Actually spelled  Grüner Veltliner…)

So, as Eliot fell asleep in the stroller being bumped along cobblestones, we make our way back to the car and drive further along the valley to stop at another site. Willendorf, is a tiny town where the oldest piece of European art was found.  She is the Venus of Willendorf, a well-endowed little sculpture that was discovered and thought to be 30,000 years old.  The actual fist-sized sculpture symbolizing fertility is safely in the Natural History Museum, here I am pictured with the Monument commemorating the find.

The actual 30,000 yr old sculpture is safely in the Natrual History Museum, here I am picutured  with the Monument

Does this monument make me look fat?

Lovely route home, of course clouds roll in as we approach Salzburg (the story of our life)

Lovely route home, of course clouds roll in as we approach Salzburg (the story of our life)

Austria and Germany have the best rast-stations EVER! This one is situated picturesquelyh in the mountains.

Austria and Germany have the best rast-stations EVER! This one is situated picturesquely in the mountains.

Yours in flowing wine valleys and voluptuous sculptures, Kim

Yours in flowing wine valleys and voluptuous sculptures, Kim

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2 thoughts on “The Danube River Valley

  1. Hey Kim – I leave for Vienna on Thursday – any chance you and Reed will be in Wien (again) the first week in June? Would be fun to connect, perhaps at a “Heurigen”!
    Glad you’re enjoying Austria!
    Liz

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