Small Austrian Towns on Danube River (I)

10 Nov

(I actually prefer using the German word Donau than the English translation Danube. Even though I did look it up, I totally don’t get it how it got translated that way in the first place. To me, it just pronounces in a strange way. Annnnyway …)

Donau is the second longest river in Europe. It originates from Black Forest in Germany, flows through Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Ukraine and Romania and ends into the Black Sea, total 2,872 km.

People who had never seen the river will likely think it is in beautiful blue color at all time, mostly because of the waltz piece The Blue Danube (An der schönen blauen Donau, (German for On the Beautiful Blue Danube)), composed by Austrian musician Johann Strauss II in 1866. It’s indisputably a very popular classical music piece. But don’t shoot me when I say the river itself looks not much different than any other rivers in the world. In most part of it, it’s yellowish just like others. What do look nice are the green hills, some vineyards and the European style, colorful town architectures on either side of the river. You do feel like being in a heavenly beautiful picture, especially when in good weathers.

We took a train from Vienna and stopped at Dürnstein (next post), dropped off the luggages at Schloss Hotel which, as the name implies, used to be an old castle. The panorama image above was created with 6 pictures taken from our room overlooking the river. Since we learned the nearby town Krems au der Donau (Krems on the Danube in English) was worth of seeing, we hopped on the train and travelled 8 km back east to this small place. (Actually it’s three times bigger than Dürnstein, and is considered as a large municipality in Austria with population of 24,000.)

Then we found this weighing scale at the corner of a street. I do believe it has it’s historical reason to be put there. But now tourists can also weigh themselves and see how much weight they put on for eating a large portion of schnitzel on the previous day. LOL.

Probably the most famous attraction in this town, Steiner Tor, the late-Gothic Piarist church and is also the only remaining medieval gate.

I take pictures of all kinds beautiful roses whether at home or on the trips ’cause my wife loves them so much.

Probably the first kind of advertisement for local shops back at the medieval age. We’ve seen many different kinds in Austria and Germany. This one is clearly for a beer shop or bar.

Even if you (like me) don’t speak German at all, you can still guess this is a tobacco business.

Very unique wine bottle stoppers, Austrian style.

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