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A visit to KREMS AN DER DONAU is only 8kms away and worth doing.
The Steiner Tor [entrance to the old town], is one of the most beautiful I have seen!
It is a landmark of Krems, and the only one of the four town gates preserved. The main tower dating to the late 15th century bears the personal insignia of Emperor Frederick III. Three crests from 1756 decorate the entrance to the town, including the crowned double eagle on a black background.
Together with the lower road, it has served as the main artery through the historical center of Krems since the Middle Ages and was the one I passed through to enter the town.
Updated Aug 3, 2012
The old town is wonderful to walk around.
I saw an old Rathaus, old walls that surround the town of Durnstein, narrow cobblestoned streets, beautiful buildings, ruins and interesting shops.
In my opinion, it is the only way to see the town.
Written Aug 3, 2012
From the Esplanade, I had a wonderful view of the exquisite blue and white steeple of the Blue Church.
Blue, I thought an unusual colour, evidently this it what is was originally painted. Blue & white represents heaven, and grey & yellow represents earth. The Abbey, which is situated behind the Church, is painted in these colours.
The church has one of the finest baroque towers in all of Austria, and if you can go inside, there is some unique artwork showing the suffering of Jesus Christ and the tabernacle at the altar with 44 images of the life of Jesus.
Updated Aug 2, 2012
As we were entering Durnstein by car, we were stopped before entering the town by roadworks.
There was quite a hold-up, so I got out the car and walked the esplanade, a paved path into Durnstein.
An easy walk, flat and level, and right beside the Danube. I'm glad I did this walk, as from here I had good views of the ruins above the town, I saw houses painted in many different bright colours, and the tour boats on the Danube.
When I reached the bend of the River, I found the houses were built on top of the cliffs, what a strong foundation they would have.
There were lots of seats along the way which I imagine would be full on a Summer's day.
Written Aug 2, 2012
Even when it is drizzling, like when we were there a few weeks ago, Durnstein is still fun to walk the streets, stopping there for a beer, there for a shot of schnapps, here for some warm strudel, and snapping photos all the while. This is prime walking area, with great views on occasion at the edges---take your time and explore--It's not that big!
Written Jul 5, 2010
I love slightly odd sights around the world---I remember very clearly as a 16 year old seeing St James' finger bone in a church in Northern Spain (or maybe Portugal), and this skeleton inside the Durnstein Abbey Church is amazing---Very Indiana Jones-ish looking through the glass.....
Updated Jul 5, 2010
Address: Durnstein Abbey Church
Just kind of a no-brainer, but try and get your camera ready for this shot----an awesome view of the town in all its glory all at once coming in on our Viking Sky cruise ship around 3 in the afternoon.....
Written Jun 23, 2010
The old Castle ruins are free to visit, after the 30 minute hike up.....Take good shoes for this one, folks...On a sunny day this would be well worth the climb for the view of the beautiful Danube and the Wachau Valley....
Written Jun 23, 2010
My son turned 30 this trip, and is an actor/puppeteer/director and poses in front of the Hell plaque in the first courtyard after entering the abbey proper---there are roses in the middle of this courtyard---make sure and look at all the plaques around the outer edge.
Updated Jun 22, 2010
Address: Klarissinnnen Kloster
I love finding photogenic cemeteries around the world, and this one rates near the top! There are beautiful iron-scroll work headmarkers galore, with roses blooming amongst them, twining around the iron and stone with their fragrance and color. The enclosed boneyard in the back is astounding in its beauty and simplicity---something very unknown to us westerners....
A marvelous stop for anyone in Durnstein....
Written Jun 22, 2010
Address: Durnstein Parish Church