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Travel Day to Prague by 3 trains

Up before 5am to give ourselves plenty of time to get ready and be out the door by 6am to walk to our tram stop and catch the tram to the train station.

Tickets cost 355.26PLN ($31.66 AUD)

We have 3 train journeys today Krakow to Katowiche 2 hours Katowice to Ostravia 1 1/2 hours Ostrava to Praha ( Prague) 3 hours

Our first train was so slow and stop for ages on the tracks resulting in us getting in late . Had a nice conversation with my hubby who called me on this train. Fortunately they held the train for the dozen of us who had the next connection and we only had to jump off and go across to the other side of the platform - no steps!

The next train also arrived in 15 minutes late at the same time our connection was due to leave. Thus time we had to run up an escalator and then down the steps on to our waiting train. Did not think we would make it! The last train has wifi and a restaurant car and a powerpoint to keep my phone charged and gave out free bottled water- nice!

We arrived into Prague late in the afternoon and as to get to the hostel required 2 metro rides and a tram ride and walk Mum decided we were getting taxi there. The taxi driver said it would be 800 CZK ( $46 AUD) but when I showed him something from the hostel saying to was only 300CZK it halved it to 400 CZK ( $23 AUD) Changed 100 E into CZK

Staying in a dorm in Arcapay Hostel. Love it ! It is in an old 16th century building with worn timber steps. I am on the 3rd floor in a 10 bed dorm. Has an amazing view over lesser town, sitsjust below the castle and is a 10 mins walk from Charles bridge.

It is a beautiful city set on the Vitava River on several hills topped with churches and castles

Prague's Old Town ( Stare Mesto). We are staying in the newer town. We wandered up to the castle above our hostel and then over the Bridge to the old town and saw the procession on the astronomical clock. Old Town Hall famous for its astronomical clock that on the hour every hour has the procession of the12 apostles who emerge from a small trapdoor.

Walking back over the crowded bridge I saw an interesting outdoor food stall where we bought our dinner and sat outside near the river to eat it .

Dinner 260 ( $15 AUD) halusky - ham , cabbage and potato bratwurst smoked ham On the way home stopped at grocery store near our hotel and bought some eggs to boil for breakfast the next few days.

Mum at the tram stop in Krakow

Mum at the tram stop in Krakow


View from my hostel window

View from my hostel window


View from my hostel window

View from my hostel window


Building over the road from my hostel

Building over the road from my hostel


Walk up to the castle from behind the hostel

Walk up to the castle from behind the hostel


Castle

Castle


Castle Guards

Castle Guards


Castle

Castle


Castle entrance

Castle entrance


Stained glass  windows in the church

Stained glass windows in the church


View from the castle

View from the castle


View to the hill above Lesser town

View to the hill above Lesser town


Castle buildings

Castle buildings


Looking down at back of our hostel

Looking down at back of our hostel


Back of hostel

Back of hostel


Cobblestoned street up to castle

Cobblestoned street up to castle


Castle entrance

Castle entrance


Charles Bridge Tower

Charles Bridge Tower


Cafe at end of our street

Cafe at end of our street


Our hostel

Our hostel


Canals

Canals


Vivitar River

Vivitar River


Mum and I  on Charles Bridge

Mum and I on Charles Bridge


Mum and I

Mum and I


Selfie on Charles Bridge

Selfie on Charles Bridge


Lots of people

Lots of people


Statues on bridge

Statues on bridge


River tranquility

River tranquility


Tower on old town side

Tower on old town side


Tyne Church

Tyne Church


Square

Square


Famous clock

Famous clock


Clock

Clock


Crowds gathered under the clock

Crowds gathered under the clock


Crowds on bridge

Crowds on bridge


Silhouettes

Silhouettes


More stautues

More stautues


Boats

Boats


Prague

Prague


Bridge

Bridge


Bridge

Bridge


Bridge

Bridge


Our dinner cooking

Our dinner cooking


Dinner

Dinner


Charles Bridge from the riverbank

Charles Bridge from the riverbank


Charles Bridge from the riverbank

Charles Bridge from the riverbank


Yummy fruit

Yummy fruit

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Czech Republic Comments (0)

Poland is awesome

Pottered this morning and didn't leave the hostel until 10.30am. Went to an info booth and found out which tram ( 24 or 3) to catch to Podgorze to visit the Oskar Schinder Factory Museum from the movie Schindlers List. Tram tickets 2.80 PLN for 20 minutes once validated $1 AUD

He was the German owner of an enamelware factory that employed Jewish citizens. In 1943 he contributed towards the establishment of a sub camp Plaszow at Lipowa St where the prisoners who worked in the factory and other local plants were accommodated. The conditions there enabled 1000 people to survive the war. In 1944 he evacuated the munitions part of the factory and 1000 workers to Moravia which saved their lives. The admin building we visited showed a walk through presentation of Krakow under nazi occupation from 1939 - 1945.

Only took 5 minutes to get there and there was a sign pointing in which direction to walk and the there were no more signs and we had to keep asking for directions. It cost 21 PLN ( $7.40AUD) to enter and we spent about an hour there.

Then the frustrating part was trying to walk around the old Ghetto area just nearby to see remnants of there ghetto walls and other locations. We saw bits but there were no signal and it we spent a lot of time just walking and not seeing anything. I would recommend to spend the money for the golf cart tours out the ghetto are to save a lot of time!

The ghetto was an area that had previously housed 3000 people and they moved 17,000 jews into that area. we went into the Eagle Pharmacy 9 PLN. He was the only Pole to have permission to continue to operate in the Jewish ghetto. He and his staff at risk of their own lives were liason officers between the Jews and beyond the ghetto providing information and smugged food products.

We caught the tram back to the old town and grabbed some bakery lunch. Poland has the best ad cheapest bakeries and food. I had an open egg sandwich and donut for 6 PLN.I was going to do the free walking tour around around Jewish Quarter but decided instead to just stay local and climb some more steps in towers! We found a great square full of stalls selling interesting carafes but amazing food and decided to come back here for dinner.

We paid 10 PLN each to visit the St Mary's Basilica and I paid an extra a15 PLN to climb b the tower. The church was probably the most ornate of any church I have ever seen. The wooden altar is the largest altar of its kind in Europe created in 1477.

The church has 2 towers 69 and 81metres. I am loving getting a work out and view climbing every set of steps I see and definitely feel like I am getting fitter cardio wise! Plus, The view is always great! A bugle call is played every hour from the higher tower . The tune was first played during a Tatars invasion in the 13th century by a guard who wanted to warn the citizens against attack. He was shot while playing and still today the the melody breaks off at the moment he died.

Next I went visit the Barbican and remaining city walls and towers and paid 8 PLN to explore through the walls and towers this old defence system. Walking back to Mum I discovered the lovely Opera House ( Teatro).

Mum had met some girls from the Netherlands and had chatted with them while I was off exploring and we then went back to have our showers and get packed ready for moving tomorrow,

That done it was walking back to the old town to have our nightly ritual of sitting at one of the cafes on the massive town square and read our books, watching the passerby and have out wine.

We decide the large number of school and groups we saw must be in town for Catholic Word Youth Day. We also noticed with it being Friday night so many large groups of very loud British men here for stag parties all wearing matching t shirts. This was also the first city that there was not large groups of Asian tourists, There were however LOTS of tourists in this lovely city.

We had some pierogi ( 12PLN) to snack on with our drinks and sheltered under an umbrella while a storm passed over. Once that had stopped we headed to the small square with local dancing and music and food and got plate of veggies, mushroom, potatoes and cabbage and meat to share. ( 44 PLN) We decided to shout ourselves another carriage ride just on dark and enjoyed the slowness and melodic sound of the horse hooves on cob stones. Walking back home we got some groceries from Spar or Express ( one of the many small almost hidden supermarkets) changed our remaining money back into euro and walked through the lovely parks that rings the city to our hostel and were in bed by 10 pm

The Krakow ghetto

The Krakow ghetto


Area of the ghetto

Area of the ghetto


Ghetto sign

Ghetto sign


Ghetto sign

Ghetto sign


Pretty cafe area

Pretty cafe area


River

River


Remains of the Ghetto wall

Remains of the Ghetto wall


Ghetto wall

Ghetto wall


Amazing food market

Amazing food market


Pork Knuckles

Pork Knuckles


Breads

Breads


Big pots of food

Big pots of food


Big pots

Big pots


View from church tower

View from church tower


Looking down to the square

Looking down to the square


Rooftops

Rooftops


Rooftops

Rooftops


Massive town sqaure

Massive town sqaure


Massive town sqaure

Massive town sqaure


Massive town sqaure

Massive town sqaure


Inside the tower

Inside the tower


Liquor shop

Liquor shop


Buskers

Buskers


Big storm emptied the town square

Big storm emptied the town square


Yum - pierogi

Yum - pierogi


Carriage rides

Carriage rides


Carriage rides

Carriage rides


Carriages lined up

Carriages lined up


Local dancing

Local dancing


Carriage ride home at night - so pretty

Carriage ride home at night - so pretty


Cafes

Cafes


Cafes on the square

Cafes on the square


Church on the square

Church on the square


Beautiful horses

Beautiful horses


Teatro - opera House

Teatro - opera House


City Gates

City Gates


City Gates

City Gates


City gates

City gates


City Gates

City Gates


City Gates

City Gates


View from City gates

View from City gates


Square

Square


Afternoon wine spritzer in the town square

Afternoon wine spritzer in the town square

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps

Woke to a lovely blue sky and only getting to low 20's today - very pleasant! After getting ready I walked around the corner to find a bakery and oh my gosh was it a good one. I love Polish bakeries, I bought some bread rolls for our lunch and a yummy slice all for 7 PLN ( $ 2.24 AUD)

We left our room at 8.25 am to walk around the corner to at the Sheraton Hotel where we were getting picked up for the Tour ( See Krakow) to the concentration camps today . We paid our 155 PLN each ($50 AUD) We were on a small bus with about 25 people from all over the world. It took 1 hour 20 minutes to arrive at Auschwitz - the original camp where we connected with an english speaking guide. There were so many people there. We given a headset for her to speak through and went through a security check. Any of our bags larger than an A4 size piece of paper had to be left on the bus. There were so many people there and it is very well organised to cater to the thousands that visit. You can visit on your own and the entry is free but I am glad we did the tour as it was a little crazy if you didn't have someone directing you and having the guides were very informative.

Auschwitz is the German name for the Polish village of Oswiecim

We spent 2 hours at the first camp and then1 hour at the Birkenau camp which was built in 1940 to hold 100,000 prisoners after the other one was full. It was incredibly sad and cruel beyond belief. Conditions were so bad for those who were sent for the labour camp instead of being sent straight to the gas changers and the average person only live for 3 months in the camp before dying from starvation, disease , beatings or then being selected for the gas chambers as they started to look unwell.

Unlike other camps Birkenau was set up as an extermination camp as Hitlers Final Solution to exterminate all jews and gypsies and others from Europe. The Nazis has removed al the local people from their villages for a 40 km circumference and in Nazi occupied Poland no - one knew what they were doing. It was central to receive jews from all over Europe from as far south as Greece and was far west as Netherlands and north as Norway and east as Russia.

It already had a rail transport system set up to make mass movement of people easy. Camp 1 was already set up as polish military barracks and they just added a gas chamber and some other buildings. Camp 1 based about 20,000 prisoners but camp 2 around 900,000.

Trains initially would arrive in daily with 80 - 120 people crammed into closed in cars. Many died on the journey as no food or water was given to them. Those from Greece has a 10 day journey . There would be up to 1000 arrive on these transports. and they arrived with a suitcase of belongings a they and been told they would be getting re-settled. On the platform they were lined up into 2 lines - men and women and had to pass by a doctor who then based on their appearance sent them in the direction of the labour camps ( Men and womens were separate) or down the road to the gas chambers.

Off each transport usually 75 % went straight to the gas chambers. They were told they were going to the shower block before being re-settled. All luggage was left on the platform to be collected on their return. Down this long dirt road towards a grove of trees they walked to their death. The 2 crematoriums were blown up in 1945 by the nazis as the Russians were approaching and they wanted to destroy all evidence of their crimes.

Once they arrived they went into an underground bunker where they had to undress before being shepherded into the next room "the showers". Cyanide gas was inserted through the ceiling and in 20 minutes everyone had died. This room could hold up to 2000 people.

The Nazis then employed young jewish men called sonder who were kept separate from all other prisoners so they could not tell of what was really happening. Their job was to remove all the bodies, cut off the womens hair, remove gold fillings from teeth and cremate the bodies in the ovens. Cremating took up to 14 hours.

We went through a room that held 2 tonne of human hair that has been estimated to belong to 100,000 women. It was ridiculous. They sent this hair to a textile fabric to make material. We went through another room full of shoes - 80,000 , another with spectacles and hair brushes and cookware they bought with them to start their new lives. Anything of value in their luggage was kept by the SS and the clothes went to Germany to be sold to Germans.

No -one escaped from the actual campsite but 900 people did escape when they left the camp to work in the fields or factories. The bosses in the camp were often prisoners that had been released from German prisons. They were murderers and violent people who were the cruel overseers.

For those in the labour camps life's incredibly cruel and hard. They were starved - their daily rations looked like this - coffee for breakfast, a piece of mouldy bread for lunch and watery soup with a small potato the size of walnut for dinner. They were beaten and locked in stand up cells for up to week for something as trivial as having a missing button. They were only allowed to use the bathroom twice a day and beaten if they did not comply. They were unable to wash properly as they were only allowed in the barrack bathroom for 15 seconds. Up to 500 people slept in one barrack and up to 15 on one of the 3 tiers. There were selections every day and if they looked sick or weak were removed to the " hospital" before going to the gas chambers. The hospital never treated anyone and in there they were given no food or water

The camp director Rudolph Hess live in a villa behind Camp 1 with his wife and family in view of the crematorium. He was hung on site for his part in war crimes.

When the Soviets liberated the camp in 1945 there were 7000 prisoners still there but 2- 3000 of them died within days as they were so sick and starved. After WW2 Poland endured 4 decades of soviet communist rule.

Much of camp 2 was destroyed by retreating Nazis but you get an idea of the sheer size Their degradation and treatment was horrific and the memorial has been preserved as reminder to never let this happen again.

Everyone on the bus slept the drive back to town - emotionally drained I think.

Mum and I went back to the hostel to shower and do washing before going out again to the old town. A bicycle racing track had been set up around the outer perimeter of the square so we sat and watched the racing for an hour or so while having a wine and some more yummy pierogi ( stuffed dumplings)

We then went to a restaurant called Polakawski built in 1897 where had dinner of more pierogis for 10 PLN ( $3.20 AUD) It was self serve and had a strawberry filled one with cream on top for dessert - yum - theirs were boiled which is better for you but not as tasty as fried ones.

I have managed to read about 6 books so far this trip and a few of them are accounts of survivors of the holocaust that we picked up after our visit to Dachau in Germany. We purchased more books yesterday at Auschwitz.

The entry gates

The entry gates


Security

Security


Map of where the transports came from

Map of where the transports came from


Names of victims

Names of victims


Board of where they came from

Board of where they came from


Photo of Jews from Amsterdam

Photo of Jews from Amsterdam


Bathrooms

Bathrooms


Wash basins

Wash basins


Photos of victims lined the hallways

Photos of victims lined the hallways


Guard house

Guard house


Barracks

Barracks


Electric fence and barbed wire

Electric fence and barbed wire


The station that the trains arrived through

The station that the trains arrived through


Station

Station


Tracks of death

Tracks of death


Wagons that held up to 120 people

Wagons that held up to 120 people


Arrival landing and gates to a camp

Arrival landing and gates to a camp


Gate to the womens camp

Gate to the womens camp


Railway tracks

Railway tracks


Blown up gas chamber

Blown up gas chamber


Nazis blew this up as the  Russians approached

Nazis blew this up as the Russians approached


Barracks

Barracks


Triple tier bunks

Triple tier bunks


St Marys Basilica on the Square

St Marys Basilica on the Square


Square

Square


Inside the Guild Hall

Inside the Guild Hall


Guild Hall

Guild Hall


View from top of Guild Hall Tower

View from top of Guild Hall Tower


View from top of Guild Hall Tower

View from top of Guild Hall Tower


Narrow staircase

Narrow staircase


Windy steps

Windy steps


The tower

The tower


Where we had dinner

Where we had dinner


The dining room

The dining room


Carriage ride

Carriage ride


Gardens that ring the old town

Gardens that ring the old town


Lined up for inspection after arriving from trains

Lined up for inspection after arriving from trains


Thousands of brushes

Thousands of brushes


Thousands of items of cookware

Thousands of items of cookware


To walk to the gas chambers

To walk to the gas chambers

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

I love Krakow !!

Travel day today on train and bus to Krakow in Poland which ended up taking 6 hours and I am glad the train went much faster than the ones to and from Serbia. Left the hostel at 7am and caught the tram several stops back to the Hauptbahnhoff. We had plenty of time to spare before our 8.09am train to Ostrava where we changed to the bus. We bought some food for the journey from a bakery and one of the items was a custard filled type of croissant, which was amazing!! I can feel my waistline widening :(

In just under an hour we crossed into the Czech Republic but didn't need to show passports as they are all EU countries even though they still have their own currencies.Our train arrived late at 11.15am and our bus was scheduled to leave at the same time so we rushed madly and were very happy to see that the bus had waited! The countryside was fairly flat with lots of farming. Unfortunately the bus got caught in bad traffic and it arrived into Krakow 45 minutes late.

The bus station was next to the train station and we went in and booked our onward travel to Prague in a few days time. It ended up costing 80 E ( $153 AUD) and we have 3 trains. Next stop, the money changer to get some czech money. I changed 50E for my 3 days.

Hostels always give directions on the website and some are better than others. We found theirs a little hard to follow but when we eventually found our tram stop then the rest was easy. We only had 3 stops to go and then walk 3 blocks. Krakow has a great feel and I liked it as soon as I arrived.

Positioned on the Vistla River Krakow is the only large city in Poland that remained intact during WW2 and is a well preserved medieval city with cobbled stone streets, numerous churches, cafes and restaurants.

Our accommodation is not really a hostel but just private rooms with a shared bathroom and kitchen. Not one of the better places we have stayed but it will be fine. The girl who met us to let us in ( does not have a 24 hour reception) was vey helpful and booked an Auschwitz tour for us tomorrow and gave us information about tram times for our early departure on Saturday morning. The location is good and just a couple of minutes from the castle and over the road from the leafy green belt of park that circles the old town so we can walk everywhere very easily. We are also just down the road from the river.

We headed out around 4pm to start looking around and fell in love immediately. We cannot believe how many large groups of school students are here and must be from out of town because they were still in town around 8pm and some look younger being primary to middle school age.

The park we walk through to get into the old town is really pretty and the old town is full of cobblestoned streets , interesting buildings and the largest square in Europe with 2 buildings in the middle - Town Hall Tower and Cloth Hall. We headed up to Wawel Royal Castle where you can wander around the grounds for free and of course see over the town and of course there was tower for me to climb! I paid 4 PLN to climb the tower. Love my exercise and the views!

In Krakow there are golf carts that can take up to 6 people offering to drive you around the Jewish Quarter and Ghetto districts.I found out the prices from one of the drivers but it was quite expensive so we didn't worry about it. Would have been a great price if there was 6 of you.. Probably 30 minutes later we bumped into the same driver again and he halved his price so we decided to get driven around the Jewish quarter of Kramieriez for 45 minute for 100 PLN ( $35 AUD).

This thriving old area that used to have 65,000 jews living here from the 14th century and over 100 synagogues up until WW2 now only has 200 jews. We went into one of the synagogues for 10 PLN ( $ AUD) as that was something neither of us had ever done. It has an upper balcony where the women and children sit so as not to distract the men from praying. It had an interesting photo exhibition of an account from survivor of the holocaust. The whole area is now home to lots of interesting cafes and has a really cool feel about it.

In the square is the impressive 16th century renaissance Cloth Hall and Town Hall tower. The rest was destroted by Austrians it s surrounded by a ring of lightly forested parkland known as the Planty the site of the old city walls and moat. It is overshadowed by the Wawel the long fortified hill and was the royal castle ad cathedral

After our tour we went back to the Main square where we sat in one of the many cafes around the square and had the most delicious pierogi and wine as we watched the sun set. My favourite pierogi was the Russian ones with potato and cottage cheese. Mum preferred the Polish meat ones. They were pan fried and just delicious. Poland is very inexpensive and dinner only cost us 7 PLN ( $ 2.30 AUD)

All around the square and town we had seen horse and carriage rides with beautiful big matching horses all dressed up in colourful dressage with a cinderella white carriage behind. We had found out the cost was 200 PL but when one carriage girl offered it for 100 PLN ( $35 AUD) we jumped at it and had a relaxing and atmospheric ride around old town for 25 minutes with the horses hooves clip clopping on the cobble stones and with the sun just going down. This was so affordable as in Vienna they were charging 55 E per person for the same thing!

We got home around 9.30pm. It was lovely lying in bed and being able to hear the horses clip clopping along the road up at the corner until after 10 pm as well as the church bells chimng every 15 minutes! Love it!

Alway up to castle

Alway up to castle


Castle walls

Castle walls


Castle cathedral tower

Castle cathedral tower


Castle buildings

Castle buildings


Castle keep

Castle keep


Main tower square afternoon drinks

Main tower square afternoon drinks


Main Square sunset

Main Square sunset


The bus to Krakow

The bus to Krakow


The river next to the castle

The river next to the castle


River

River


Ivy covered buildings of the castle

Ivy covered buildings of the castle


Ivy covered buildings of the castle

Ivy covered buildings of the castle


Ivy covered buildings of the castle

Ivy covered buildings of the castle


Castle buildings

Castle buildings


View from castle

View from castle


Ivy covered buildings of the castle

Ivy covered buildings of the castle


Mum having afternoon drinks in the town square

Mum having afternoon drinks in the town square


Afternoon drinks in town square

Afternoon drinks in town square


Castel complex

Castel complex


Town Square

Town Square


Town Square buildings

Town Square buildings


Town Square buildings

Town Square buildings

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in Poland Comments (0)

Boat Ride down the Danube River - Wachau Valley

Something I have noticed in Europe is how many people ride scooters – in train stations, footpaths, airports, pretty much everywhere and take them on & off trains.

Left at 7am for the station for our day trip to the Wachau Valley and Danuvbe River. We had purchased a combo ticket for 53 E to catch the train to Melk ( changing trains at St Polten), visit the Melk Abbey, catch a ship up the Danube to Krems and train back to Vienna.

It was a lovely day and we arrived into Melk at 8.30am. The streets were nice and quiet before all the other tourists arrived and we wandered up the lovely old town street past a 16th century baker with 2 turrets and wood shingle roof until we found a sign saying Sistak Melk (Abbey ). We could see the abbey high above the town with the town homes nestled under its walls.

Not too many steps later we arrived up to the entrance and it was impressive and huge!! We wandered around the areas that were open reading the history but the most impressive rooms were the library with over 100,000 old beautifully bound books some from the 15th century and the very ornate church. From the terrace was a great view over the Danube River and village. Established as a fortified Benedictine abbey in the 11th century, it was destroyed by fire. What visitors see today is 18th-century Baroque.Todays abbey was completed in 1729 and the inscription in latin on the front says:

GLORY IS ONLY TO BE FOUND IN THE CROSS - pretty cool

Back in the village I had to have another warm Austrian apple strudel with vanilla sauce and ice-cream – 4.90 E and sooooooo good!! I don't even like apple strudel at home!

We wandered through the village following signs to the Schiff station to board the 11am boat to Krems. It is a beautiful sunny day in the mid 20’s and perfect blue sky but that sun can get hot. We wanted to sit on the back deck so used our umbrellas to keep out of the sun until the boat started up and then the breeze kept us cool.

The Danube flows down to the Adriatic sea incredible fast at 6 knots and we were going with the flow heading in the direction of Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest where we had seen the Danube previously.

The next 2 hours were just lovely sitting in the sun as we went through the valley with gorgeous little villages along the riverfront either side, big forested hills, several castles in various states of ruin perched precariously high on rocky outcrops overlooking the river, lovely churches, some with cap like spires, others with the onion top and then a beautiful blue church on the river in Durnstein In this cute little village high in the hill is the ruined castle where Richard the lion heart from England was locked up for some time. Richard the Lionhearted was imprisoned here in 1193. The ruined castle above town, where Richard was kept, can be reached by a fairly steep 30-minute hike with great river views- would have loved tp do that!.Vineyards covered the steep hillsides above the villages.

At Krems we wandered around following the signs to Zentrum ( centre) and Bahnhoff ( station) and went through several lovely parks and along pathways for about 30 minutes until we reached the old town and the station.

We caught the 2.50pm train back to Vienna but arrived back into a different station from the one we left from and caught another line back to West Bahnhoff and were back by 4pm. Bought some corn cobs from the supermarket to cook for dinner to eat with our remaining smoked salmon and ham

Walking from the station and there is the Abbey

Walking from the station and there is the Abbey


Looms over the village of Melk

Looms over the village of Melk


Abbey Entrance

Abbey Entrance


Map of how big the abbey and grounds are

Map of how big the abbey and grounds are


First courtyard

First courtyard


Long hallways

Long hallways


Village of Melk

Village of Melk


Looking to where our boat leaves

Looking to where our boat leaves


Viewing Terrace

Viewing Terrace


Melk Rathaus

Melk Rathaus


Old Bakery Shop

Old Bakery Shop


Old Bakery Shop 16th century

Old Bakery Shop 16th century


Old Post Office

Old Post Office


Danube River views

Danube River views


Village

Village


Danube Views

Danube Views


Valleys and villages

Valleys and villages


Passed many cabin boats

Passed many cabin boats


Castle high on the hill

Castle high on the hill


Castle

Castle


River

River


Barges

Barges


Danube River boats

Danube River boats


Another castle

Another castle


Village of Spitz

Village of Spitz


Village of Spitz half way  to Krems

Village of Spitz half way to Krems


vineyards

vineyards


Village church

Village church


Village

Village


vineyards

vineyards


Village homes

Village homes


Village

Village


Durnstein castle ruins

Durnstein castle ruins


Durnstein church  looked like wedgwood china

Durnstein church looked like wedgwood china


Durnstein village and church

Durnstein village and church


Durnstein church

Durnstein church


Back deck of boat

Back deck of boat


Durnstein

Durnstein


River relaxing

River relaxing


Krems village

Krems village


Park rotunda in Krems

Park rotunda in Krems


Richard the Lionheart

Richard the Lionheart


Krems

Krems


Krems

Krems


River  ride

River ride


Our Boat

Our Boat


First  castle we passed

First castle we passed


Mum relaxing on board

Mum relaxing on board

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