Hotel Goldene Krone
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... us to. How do the Austrians maintain such perfect 'B' roads through the savage winters in such perfect condition when in the UK we put up with such rubbish?
The route takes us down a high-sided gorge then up high on the Niederalp pass. The views are splendid.
We swoop down again into the Salza ...
... We see the magnificent castle up on the hill overlooking the city but no time for that. We don't do cities.
As we are continuing on the autobahn south into Austria we have to buy vignettes for the bikes. In Austria it costs €4.90 for 10 days, so that's OK. Later in the trip we will enter Switzerland, but be careful to avoid the toll roads. There a vignette is for one year and costs around £40. That's a lot ...
... nice little villages along the way you could really plan to stop at a tavern along the way for lunch and a beer of course. There are plenty of photo opportunities as well. I would recommend this ride either way depending on what way your cruise is travelling and if having known more would have even tried the ferry crossing as well across the Danube since the bike trails are on both sides of the river. ...
... to a vineyard which had 'open house' this week. Apparently they are allocated one week each quarter to open up a wine cellar in their yrds , for Snacks and sampling this year's produce! the place was packed, but we squeezed in at the end of a Long table, and set to to sample away. At 2 Euro per large glass, it was a good evening. I had a muscatelle, a neuchatel and a sparkling rose before finishing with a Riesling! As for the Snack platter, the photos say it all!
... as when dramatic clouds and blue skies enter the picture.
Drizzled Steadily - No Sun Today
Again it was an easy ride. About ten kilometers from Melk, the impressive Benedictine Abbey became visible through the mist. Several tour boats were moored at Melk.
Under a steady drizzle, we followed Hiro into Melk's charming old town center, keeping the Benedictine Abbey on our left. ...
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