ANOTHER KIND OF CITY ESCAPE
The "Wachau" is a valley with a picturesque landscape formed by the Danube river. It is one of the most prominent tourist destinations of Lower Austria, located midway between the towns of Melk and Krems that also attracts "connoisseurs and epicureans" for its high-quality wines. And inscribed as "Wachau Cultural Landscape" in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.
A day full of lasting impressions.
Only 15 minutes westward of Vienna.
The plans to embellish the monastery on the scale of an Austrian Escorial were later resumed by architect Kornhäusel, though only small parts were actually carried out.
The Monastery contains the world famous Verdun Altar, made in 1181 and the archducal hat, the symbol of unity of the Austrian hereditary lands.
TALES FROM THE VIENNA WOODS
Stift Heiligenkreuz, founded in 1133 - home of the famous monks of "Chants", Mayerling - the castle, where Crown Prince Rudolf shot himself and his mistress Mary Vetsera - these are the highlights of a half day excursion.
A day trip to the Wachau. First to Melk, then visiting a winery in Joching, then eating dinner at a fish-restaurant in Weisskirchen and later in the afternoon maybe visiting Dürnstein or Krems with the remarkable "Weinstadtmuseum"