After leaving Melk we passed through the 20 mile
long Wachau Valley and its' white grape vineyards and castles before arriving in Krems.
Schonbuhel Castle is
over 1000 years old and was the property of the Bishops of Passau. The castle is known as the "Watchman of the Wachau".
Ruins of the Hinterhaus Castle
Durnstein Castle ruins.
Note the vineyards and wall below it.
Most of the wine served on Viking Cruses comes from
these fertile vineyards in the Wachu Valley
The spires in the old town of Stein were seen from
the river just before we arrived in Krems.
Krems is a town of 24,110 inhabitants.
It is the fifth-largest city of Lower Austria and is approximately 43 miles west of Vienna. Krems is located at the confluence
of the Krems and Danube Rivers at the eastern end of Wachau valley. It is surrounded of some of Austria's best
wine growing areas
Gate through the City Wall
Parish Church of St. Vitus
After visiting Krems we were treated to a Bavarian
Buffet along with local music. Many of the crew dressed in local traditional costume. Dirndls looked great on
Click ere for a sample of this music.
As night descended we headed for Vienna.
Next Stop, Vienna, Capital of Austria