We started this day by going to the famous Abbey of Melk. I have been to many churches in my life, but this one is truly special.
We skimmed fast through the museums and rooms with various royal or religious items and soon got to a great view of the town and the Danube.
We then entered a marvelous library with hundreds of ancient books. Unfortunately, it’s not allowed to take photos inside. We proceeded to the Abbey itself which sad just gorgeous. So beautifully decorated.
We headed outside from the Abbey, to the English gardens. They were not very special, but provided yet again nice views of Melk.
We started cycling around noon, and stopped very soon to take pictures of the Abbey from the other side of the Danube.
The weather was perfect and the road very nice. Apparently, the Wachau starts officially at Melk, and vineyards started spreading in front of us.
We stopped after a while, near Abbstein to have lunch. We were invited to sit next to a nice family that is Christian yet celebrates Jewish holidays as well, so they wished us Shana Tova and even asked to bless us. Funny things happen abroad.
We continued deeply into the Wachau, and crossed to the other side of the Danube via ferry.
We disembarked in Spitz, the heart of the Wachau. We had a great Apfelstrudel and Eiskaffe, which Neta tried for the first time.
We then ascended by foot to the ruins of Hinterhaus, watching over the town and it’s vineyards. Reaching the top, we saw one of the best views so far.
We then continued cycling. The route was a bit far from the Danube, taking us through small villages filled with vineyards and little colorful houses.
At the end of the ride we reached Dürnstein. Although we had checked earlier in Melk and the guy at the reception had told us that there were many rooms available, we were having trouble finding a Zimmer. Apparently weekends tend to be very full.
We looked for a bit and then I decided we shouldn’t keep running around and we got a room in a pretty fancy hotel. Damn, it looked almost like a fortress itself.
We went nearby to the only open restaurant in Dürnstein at this time, and had a great dinner. We tasted some more local wines. We also met a very nice waiter whom we invited to sit with us. He told us about the area and gave us some tips for tomorrow, our last cycling day, as we plan to go to Krems. It was a beautiful day indeed.