Whilst staying in Vienna for a week, we decided to do the combined train/river cruise trip to the Melk Abbey. We caught the train to Melk as the River cruise is apparently VERY long going against the flow of the Danube River. Melk was a quiant little town and the Abbey was well worth the trip - particularly the library. We ate lunch at the Melk Abbey Restaurant, which serves up a lovely goulash and then wandered through the tiny town while we waited for a boat to arrive.
We decided to stop off at Durstein, rather than go straight through to Krems, and I would highly recommed this detour. Unlike Krems (which is really rather unattractive), Durnstein, is a beautiful village with a bucket load of picture book charm.
It is worth the effort to take a walk up the hill to the ruins of a castle, that, at one point, imprisoned Richard the Lionhart, if only to reward yourself on the way down, with a quick trip into the Alter Klosterkeller Heuriger.
We then caught the boat again to Krems and then the train back to Vienna.
It turned out to be our favourite day during our stay.
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