Dancing Through the Danube Valley

This month’s Thursday Travel Throwback posts share a trip to Vienna G and I took a couple of Decembers ago to enjoy the Christmas markets.

On Christmas Day we headed out of Vienna on route to Melk Abbey via the Danube Valley…

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Travelling through the UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley we stopped to explore the tiny town of Krems for the morning.

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After lunch we continued through the scenic Austrian countryside, finally arriving at the Benedictine Melk Abbey.

From Wikipedia: ‘Due to its fame and academic stature, Melk managed to escape dissolution under Emperor  Joseph II when many other Austrian abbeys were seized and dissolved between 1780 and 1790. The abbey managed to survive other threats to its existence during the Napoleonic Wars, and also in the period following the Anschluss in 1938, when the school and a large part of the abbey were confiscated by the state.’

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The views over the town of Melk and the Danube River as the sun started to set were beautiful and serene.

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As you’d expect, the church at the Abbey is ancient, ornate and made even prettier with Christmas decorations.

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After a long ride back we arrived in Vienna hungry and so wandered through the city centre towards one of its famous cafe’s. Heading back to the hotel afterwards was slow going as I kept stopping and taking pictures every time we turned a new corner!

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The city is gorgeous in daytime but it’s at night that it truly comes alive!

Make sure you check back next Thursday for the fourth installment in my Vienna Thursday Travel Throwback posts and find the first two here and here if you missed them!

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