One of the loveliest portions of our trip from Nuremburg to Vienna is the short stretch of river in between Melk and Krems – the Wachau Valley.
And – as was our due – after mostly foggy days with no possibility of sitting on the “sun” deck – the sun came out whilst we were up at the Abbey and we were able to have our bridge talk out in the sun!
There were many castles starting straight after we left Melk and ending only when we had seen the one where Richard the Lionheart had been imprisoned (yes even in those days, kingdoms and empires were vast and there was always someone taking over someone else).
|At the dock in Melk|
|Last cast off - Melk|
|One of many castles along the way|
|The river as we enter the Wachau gorges|
|Spitz - a popular resort for the Viennese most of it lies back from the river|
|Another boat is even more decorative than ours!|
|Peaceful flows the river|
|The ruins of the castle of a robber baron|
|Another side of the ruins|
|Church along the way|
|Rear of the church as we float away|
|Tourist enjoying the sun deck|
|ruins of castle Dürnstein (dry rock)|
|Statue of Richard the Lionheart and Blondel his aide|
King Richard the Lionheart was imprisoned in Dürnstein by Duke Leopold V after their dispute during the 3rd Crusade.
Legend has it that he kept repeating a song with one line missing and that his French aide Blondel searching for him was able to sing that last line, thus learning of the spot where he was held and delivering him. Hard for us know to imagine how far kings, emperors and other nobility roamed in those days, especially as they were only on horses!
|The Abbey of Dünstein|
|The ruins of the Dürnstein castle|
|The Abbey at Dürnstein|
|As we leave Dürnstein, its' ruins, its' history and go down for our last lunch on the boat|
The weather then promptly started clouding over - makes one wonder: the only truly sunny patch of the trip other than Munich lasted just long enough for us to enjoy this wonderful Wachau valley.
|Last sunset on the Danube|
|From the ship's lounge during our last "Port Talk"|
|One last lock as the lights come on|
|The Bösendorfer Piano|
Home to our beds on the River Concerto, docked in Vienna - a fitting end to a wonderful cruise.