Travel to the Austrian Danube
Day 11 Tulln - Krems - Melk - Neuhaus
In this day we run a stage that we have pending, but in the opposite direction. The goal is that at the end of the stage we will have less kilometers to make on the return trip. We bid farewell to Tulln an der Donau by visiting the source of the Nibelungen, built in 2005, which represents the event produced in Tulln, according to the Song of the Nibelungs, where Attila met Krimilda and proposed marriage.
Tulln an der Donau - Nibelungendenkmal
We drive to Krems where we should start our cycle stage and as it is very hot, we decided to continue with the car and not start the stage until D¨rnstein, from where the path is flat.
(in 42 km) Krems an der Donau: We begin our visit to this medieval city, included in the World Heritage List of Unesco in 2000, by Steiner Tor, the city gate, built at the end of the 15th century, but remodeled in Baroque style. We continue along Obere Landstraße, the main street of the historic center, and climb the covered staircase known as Piaristenstiege to the Piaristenkirche, whose baroque interior includes a large number of works by the Austrian baroque painter Martin Johann Schmidt. In front of the church you can enjoy fantastic views over the city.
Krems - Pfarrkirche
We descend to the Pfarplatz, where the Rathaus building is, and we enter to the Dom der Wachau or Pfarrkirche St. Veit, with baroque interior, which highlights the five frescoes from the ceiling of Martin Johann Schmidt, the altar created in 1734 By Johann Georg Schmidt ("Wiener Schmidt") and the black marble altar located in the left transept. We continue to Gozzoburg, an early gothic civil building with its frescoes and chapel. We finish the visit in the Körnermark square, in the center of which is the column dedicated to the Virgin Mary (Mariensäule) of 1683 and the remains of the 13th century Gothic church Dominikanerkirche (now museum), in which stands its Romanesque portal.
(in 2 km) Stein: Krems an der Donau together with Stein an der Donau is a single municipality. We stop in this last town only to photograph the beautiful Rathausplatz, where we find the town hall and in the center the baroque monument dedicated to St. John of Nepomuk built in 1715. In the background we see the imposing tower of the Frauenbergkirche and the tower of the Parish church of Saint Nicholas.
Dürstein - Stiftskirche Maria Himmelfahrt
(in 6 km) Dürstein: We arrive at this village where the circulation is prohibited. In the outskirts there are several car parks, excessively expensive if what is intended is to make a small stop. It is a small town, with narrow and steep streets, charming. We enter to the historical center, through the walls of the southern part, by the Kremser Tor. Hauptstraße, adorned with houses from the XVI-XVIII centuries, crosses the town from side to side. Stands next to the Danube the blue color of the church of the Dürnstein Abbey (Stift Dürnstein), established in 1410 and rebuilt in 1710 in Baroque style. On the hill above the village are the ruins of Dürnstein Castle.
Finally on this day we ride the bike. This stretch is once again one of the most beautiful of the trip as the road progresses through the vineyards of the Wachau region. The Wachau was added in 2000 to Unesco's list of World Heritage Sites in recognition of its agricultural and architectural history. This region is known for the production of apricots and grapes, which are used to produce especially liqueurs and wines, being appreciated the dry Rieslings and the Grüner Veltliners.
(in 11 km) Spitz: We continue along the Wachau, crossing after 6 km Weissenkirchen, a stop at St.Michael 3 km later just to see his church and taste a wine in a Heurige. Finally, after 2 kilometers more, we arrive at Spitz, place in which we finish our trip by bicycle. We loaded the bikes over the car and started the long journey back home.
(in 205 km) Neuhaus am Inn: We finished the day by driving the first few kilometers of our return trip. We return to the Hotel Alte Innbrücke, the same one where we were on the outward journey, due to its excellent value for money and its fantastic breakfast.