One hour driving distance away from Vienna, you will discover idyllic scenery
with stunning terraced vineyards, historical villages, castles and churches.
Serene and cosy. That is how you feel while cruising the beautiful Wachau Valley, on a cold cloudy October. Prinz Eugen accompanies you all the way between Krems and Melk. Not a real prince, but the motor ship “Prinz Eugen”, named after the German cruiser, who proves to be the ideal companion for this fabulous outdoor experience, in a region which was recently inscribed in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.
When you step on board, you are invited to get comfy at one of the restaurant’s tables. They serve local specialties, such as apricot dumplings, and excellent wines. On that chilly day, I choose the most delicious Kümmelsuppe (cumin soup), followed by the famous Austrian chocolate cake - Sacher Torte, invented in Vienna in the 19th century. But the real treat is the spectacular view: golden hills, impressive vineyards and picturesque historic towns unfold in front of your eyes.
The valley is well-known for its production of apricots and grapes, both of which are used to produce speciality liquors and wines. There’s much more to be discovered in the region, so you might want to spend more than one day here. You’ll love the idyllic scenery with stunning terraced vineyards, historical villages, castles and churches.
The Wachau region is just one hour away from Vienna, so next time you get there, jump in a car or catch a train to Krems and let yourself be enchanted by the Danube!
Story and Photos by Diana Chereches, October 2017