Wachau Valley, Lower Austria

Wachau Valley is along the banks of Danube River between the towns Melk and Krems of lower Austria.  This section of the Danube had settlements since the Paleolithic times.  Over the many settlements throughout history at the Wachau Valley, many castles, forts, churches, abbeys, monasteries. were built.  In addition, the rich valley had been excellent in growing grapes since the Middle Ages by Bavarian monasteries for making wine, Rieslings and its step terrace style of cultivation on steep inclines are suitable in growing Gruner Veltliner grapes.  In recognition of its landscapes of architectural and agricultural history, Wachau Valley was given UNESCO world heritage site as “Wachau Cultural Landscape”.

Traismauer, church Hl. Rupert
Krems-und-Stein-in-the-Wachau-Valley
Mauterner bridge over Danube river in Krems
Church spire. Durnstein village on the bank of Danube River with ruin above of Kuenringer Castle where Richard the lion was held for ransom.
Göttweig Monastery, and vineyards, the largest vineyard, for wine in Austria

Weissenkirchen, the largest wine producing village in the Wachau Valley Austria

Hilltops of Weissenkirche, see the vineyards on the hills
St Michael´s Church, near Weissenkirchen St Michael, is a fortified church in a village of 13 houses
Village of Willendorf on the river Danube in the Wachau region, where traces of stone-age human habitation have been found
A medieval ruin, the Fortress of Hinterhaus, overlooks the town of Spitz on the Danube River between Melk and Durnstein.
gothic bell tower of the church in spitz, Austria with tiled roof
Schloss Schoenbuehel on rock outcropping on the side of the Danube River near Melk, Austria
church St-Johann-in-the-Mauerthale, Austria (Rossatz-Arnsdorf)
Schönbühel-Aggsbach: Aggstein Castle, Wacha
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Vienna, Austria

Vienna, the city of music, homes of famous composers such as Beethoven, Strauss, Mozart, Haydn, Strauss, Schubert, Schoenberg, Brahms, and others.  Vienna, also the city of dreams, home to Sigmund Freud.  Visitors like to come to the city to enjoy a dose of Vienna’s refined arts and culture which is year round.  During the winter there is the added benefit of the Alps for skiing.

Being by the Danube, early settlements were of many groups of people from the Celtics tribes to the Romans.  It became the resident city of the Hapsburg Dynasty during the Austria-Hungarian Empire and the capital of the Holy Roman Empire.  In 1945, after the Second World War, Austria was split into four areas govern by Soviet Union, France, British, and the United States.  In 1955,  the Austrian State Treaty, that declared Austria would stay neutral, allowed the return of the governing power back to the Austrians.

The UNESCO area is around the Ring Road (Ringstraße) which was built during the 19th century, surrounding the historic center which consisted of buildings of various architectural style including Baroque style castle and garden.  Lining the Ringstrasse are grand buildings and monuments.  Statues are everywhere decorating the city within.

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One just could not stop taking pictures of the endless beautiful buildings.

In the center of the pedestrian path is the St. Stephen’s Cathedral.

A very nice restaurant with good food and service.

Very nice Cafe as well.

More beautiful buildings.  This is certainly one of the most beautiful cities in Europe.  More pictures of the city to enjoy.

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End with a touch of music from Kursalon Wien.

Kusalon Wien