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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Weissenkirchen, Austria

Boat ride to up the Danube through the locks was lovely but being an extra sweater as it is cold.  

On to the Hotel Raffelsberger Hof.  Our first hotel with air conditioning.  It is a former residence of a boat builder from 1547.  Everything was comfortable here with an excellent breakfast included.  Breads and jams were outstanding.  An honor bar with local wines and brandies is there and makes for a great  afternoon meeting place or night cap.

Illy coffee is served. Wachau wines are dry better than expected for everyone.  I thought that the last time I visited.  A good bottle of dry red is available for less than 30 euro at restaurants and tasting rooms are everywhere. Cycling the wachau valley is breathtaking.  Many villages are present on the banks to ride through and stop for site seeing or wine.

 The butchery on the city square in Melk is recommended for brats or traditional Viennese country food. A climb to the monastery is suggested to view baroque library and cathedral.  It is 10 euro for tickets and an audio guide but the courtyards and church can be partially viewed for free.

Dinner at hotel Wirchenstein is recommended.

I had the special venison stew and a salad with red and white wines.  Outstanding.  A little more expensive at 75 euros including tip, bit considering all of the wine and food it was a value.  They catered our farewell dinner the following night which was outstanding as well.

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