In this photo trip I will take you to the charming and beautiful Austria, and more specifically to Lower Austria and Wachau region. We will see some wonderful green villages on the Danube river.
If you visit Vienna, keep at least 2-3 days to visit this splendid region very close to the Austrian capital, called Wachau. You can start your journey from Vienna by car, and take your time while traveling down the river. The Wachau was inscribed as “Wachau Cultural Landscape” in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history, in December 2000.
Some of the villages you will pass by are Krems, Melk, Rust, Sankt Pölten, Durnchtein, and many more…
We visited Wachau in summer and everything was green and fresh, the weather was sunny and just perfect.
If you have time do not miss to visit the small and also huge castles on your way, that will take you back in the Austrian history. Some of the castles now run successful wine production business, and the wines from this region are famous all around the world.
Melk is a small town on the bank of the Danube at the start of the Wachau region at an elevation of 228 metres (748 ft). An ancient town with its historicity linked to the Romans (as a border post) and also to Babenbergs’ times (as their strong fortress), known then as the Namare Fort, which the residents call as the Medelke of the Nibenlunggenlied or the Babenberg fortress. Its present population is reported to be 5300. Its large enticing popularity is on account of the Benedictine abbey (founded in 1089 AD), perfect example of a “Baroque synthesis of the arts” which forms the western gateway to the Wachau, which is located on a 200 feet (61 m) high cliff. There is baroque gateway at the entrance. (Wikipedia)
The next city we visited was Durnchtein. Dürnstein town established in 1019 AD on a rocky premonitory on the bank of the Danube River, on a gentle curve of the river, in the midst of the Wachau valley, known then as Tirnstein, described as the “most romantic place for the picturesque ancient terraced vineyards and monuments, in the Wachau,” was built at an elevation of 630 feet (190 m) with fortifications for the settlement and protection against floods. It is 73 km upstream of Vienna. It now has a population of 936. The small walled town, located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) upstream of Krems, is known for its picture-perfect scenic beauty. The town is also well known for some of the residential buildings on the main street; one such building is the refurbished building of Chorherrenstift, which was originally a monastery built in 1410. It was restored in the 18th century. (Wikipedia)
My favorite small city in the region is Rust. Once you enter the city you enter a fairy tale. So many colours, green trees, flowers and picturesque lake…. everything takes your breath away. All Austrian soap operas use Rust for their background. And there is a reason for this! Also you can call the city the “Stork’s town” because each house in Rust is a home of one stork family!
Driving through the small villages in Austria we noticed how everything was clean and neat, all the houses looked like new, there was not even one abandoned house. An even the smallest villages you could see views like the one below:
I hope you have enjoyed our small trip in Austria. I can highly recommend this destination! On a bike, car or just walking…