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One sunny day I made very nice trip from Vienna to Wachau Valley. I have heard about Melk Abbeys for many years and wanted to see it, so I just took this opportunity. It can be done easily. I bought a combined ticket at the railway station : early morning train to Melk, the sightseeing of the town and Abbey, cruise along Donau to Krems, charming small town, and finally the train back to Vienna., And when you get off one station before the end, you see at once Hundertwasser work. Ina sunny warm day it was great pleasure.

The cruise reminded me Rhein Valley. Also hills on the both sides of the river, with vineyards, charming small villages and castles from time to time. The most attractive place is Durnstein, with eye catching blue tower.
From Wikipedia:
The Wachau is an Austrian 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. A well-known place and tourist attraction is Dürnstein, where King Richard the Lion-Heart of England was held captive by Duke Leopold V. The architectural elegance of its ancient monasteries , castles and ruins combined with the urban architecture of its towns and villages, and the cultivation of vines as an important agricultural produce are the dominant features of the valley.

The Wachau was inscribed as "Wachau Cultural Landscape" in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its architectural and agricultural history.
Dürnstein Abbey with the fine blue clock tower) was established in 1410 by Canons Regular from Třeboň and from 1710 rebuilt in a Baroque style according to plans by Joseph Munggenast, Jakob Prandtauer and Matthias Steinl. The monastery was dissolved by order of Emperor Joseph II in 1788 and fell to the Herzogenburg Priory.

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