The trek took me through the historic town of Krems, the beginning of the Wachau area.

In Krems, I went to High School. Medieval churches and buildings, baroque houses,

tiny, winding, cobblestone streets, steep stony stairways; all these things welcomed me after forty years of absence.

Street in Krems

Street in Krems

 

own of Stein, View through a medieval gate to the Frauenbergkirche (Women‘s mountain church)

own of Stein, View through a medieval gate to the Frauenbergkirche (Women‘s mountain church)

 

At the piety column (an Austrian name for that is Marterl, which comes from

Martyrium) I rested and looked back to my home village, the Göttweig monastery,

the city of Mautern and its iron bridge.

 

Piety column with a view to the city of Martern and the bridge across the Danube. Monastery Göttweig in the background

Piety column with a view to the city of Martern and the bridge across the Danube. Monastery Göttweig in the background

 

The Danube once marked the northern border of the Roman empire. In this area,

the Roman empire lasted for 400 years. In Roman times, I would have been standing

on barbaric ground. Over the green bridge, 68 years ago, my mother escaped the

Russian soldiers at the age of 16 at the end of World War II.  She biked alone to the

northern part of Austria.  Half of the bridge was destroyed by German soldiers the

day after her escape. Because of that, she could find safety.

 

 

Vineyard, trail and wall with trail marker

Vineyard, trail and wall with trail marker

 

 

 Blooming peach tree and vineyards

Blooming peach tree and vineyards

 

 

Little hut in a vineyard

Little hut in a vineyard

 

After some hours of walking through the vineyards, I approached the city of

Dürnstein. Dürnstein is a small medieval town with a baroque church.  The ruin

above the town was once a castle, one of the many castles built in this area in the 11th

century.  In this castle, Richard Lionheart was imprisoned.  The church is also

special to me.  My first marriage was in this church.

 

Medieval town of Dürnstein with the blue church tower and the ruin where ,in the year 1192, Richard Lionheart was imprisoned by the Austrian Duke Albrecht V

Medieval town of Dürnstein with the blue church tower and the ruin where ,in the year 1192, Richard Lionheart was imprisoned by the Austrian Duke Albrecht V