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Wachau ~ Mondsee

The Wachau is the name given to the 30 km stretch by the Danube between Melk and Krems where the river cuts a narrow rocky valley between the foothills of the Bohemian Forest to the northwest and the Dunkelsteiner Wald to the southeast.  This is an area with impressive vineyards, romantic small towns, castles and monastries.  This area was added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites for outstanding architectural and agricultural history.



Durnstein Castle


Our first stop ..... Durnstein - especially famous, because here King Richard the Lionheart of England was imprisoned, while waiting for his ransom to arrive from England, rasied by his faithful Minstrel Blondel.


Krems  ..... heart of the Wachau, an old wine-merchants' town.


Benedictine abbey of Melk, one of Austria's most famous Baroque buildings, which together with the Wachau area, won the award for 'Best Historic Destination of the World' in 2008.


On the way to Lake Mondsee we passed by Maria Tefarl, the most scenic spot of the Danube river.  Notice the boat which is a full day excursion of the Danube Valley Cruise and Bus Tour from Vienna.



Lake Mondsee, 11km long and over 2km wide is the warmest lake in the Salzkammergut.  Around the banks of the lake there is little human habitation.  The lake offers facilities for swimming, surfing, sailing, waterskiing, fishing and tennis.  We stayed in this spick and span hotel ~ Seepension Hemetsberger and the lady owner, Bettina who greeted us was nice and courteous, always smiling and very pretty too!



This picture was taken from the balcony of my room and it was already in the evening.



Bettina recommended that we go to this Hotel Krone for our dinner which was within walking distance from the hotel.


Entrecote ~ A cut of beef taken from between the ribs.


Chargrilled whole Trout


Ungarisches Gulasch  ~  Hungarian Goulash


Lammragout  ~  Lamb stew


Schweinsschinitzel ~ my order.  This piece is smaller but thicker than what we had at Figlmuller.


These dumplings came with our dishes .......... is it colouring or spinach?   Absolutely no idea!



Salatplatte/Joghurt ~ Yoghurt Salad
The dinner came up to 81.30 Euro exclusive of tips.


Sunrise at Lake Mondsee ........ very breathtaking scenery and lots of cool, clean, fresh air.


Just like from a post-card!


Look at the clear waters, it's just so beautiful and serene.  This place is ideal for a relaxing holiday.


Farewell, Mondsee ....... we're off to Salzburg!

Comments

  1. Very beautiful sceneries and good food...wow. Would love to go one day.

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  2. Breathtaking view and good food, luv the chargrilled trout....
    JennyFoo

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  3. Oh! beautiful rundown. Very pretty photos.

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  4. I am hungry just looking at the food! Great scenaries!

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  5. Lovely spread of food! I would love to visit Austria again one day, I have only been to Inssbruck!

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  6. Alamak, where's my comment! This is no good! I've already made 2 comments but non of them appear. Guess, have to make one again.
    Cheah, those pictures are gorgeous especially the lake view. Just melting me away. Looking forward for more. Btw, those green stuffs look very much like spinach gnocchi! Are they?
    Thanks for sharing & enjoy your day.
    Kristy

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  7. Jess @ Bakericious
    Yes, very beautiful scenery indeed.

    MaryMoh
    You should go over there for a relaxing holiday.

    JennyFoo
    You'll definitely enjoy the nice scenery there.

    pigpigscorner
    Yes, we really enjoyed ourselves.

    Penny & Jeannie
    Thanks!

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  8. Cooking Gallery
    I've been to Innsbruck too. Yes, can go again to explore more of Austria.

    Kristy
    Now that you mention it, perhaps they're spinach gnocchi. My children placed those orders, I was busy looking around the restaurant.

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  9. Thanks for taking me on the trip
    to Austria & Vienna. Those wonderful food makes me mouth-watering. Look forward to reading
    more of your trips.

    Bee

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  10. Wow..beautiful scenery and the food...mouth watering already just drooling on them :)

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  11. This is a picture perfect holiday! Wish I'm in your holiday shoes right now :)

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  12. Elin, petite nyonya and Ananda Rajashekar
    Thanks. Have a hard time determining the pictures when I got home!

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