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