Castles in the Sky

The hillsides along the Danube River in the Wachau Valley of Austria are so steep that the only place to build is on top of the mountain.  Most of the castles sit several hundred feet above the river.  Very few of the castles we saw were built as low as the one pictured above. It was so … Continue reading Castles in the Sky

Gottweig Abbey

                      Gottweig Abbey is located near Krems, Austria, on the Danube River in the heart of the Wachau Valley.   Krems is the oldest city in Austria. The high altar of the church was dedicated in 1072.  Benedictine monks have worked in the monastery for … Continue reading Gottweig Abbey

Wachau Valley

The Wachau Valley Gorge, in northeastern Austria, is one of the most scenic stretches of the Danube River.  Beautiful and filled with so much history, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This magnificent castle-residence was one of the first we saw as we entered the gorge, just a little downstream from Melk, Austria.  The … Continue reading Wachau Valley