World Heritage Trail, Wachau, Day 11

From the Carthusian monastery Aggsbach, I walked up into the area of the

Dunkelsteinerwald (dark stone wood). It is a huge forest area where one can get lost.

In the meadows and along the trail, lots of different plants were growing.

I remembered my grandmother explaining the plants to us when we went for a walk

with her.


View to Danube from the Dunkelsteinerwald
View to Danube from the Dunkelsteinerwald








Meadow sage
Meadow sage







Like my grandmother, my daughter Anna-Sophie knows a lot about plants and

herbs. She joined the hike for this day. Like always, we had a great time together.

The castle of Aggstein was full of stories from the past.  A legend says that once

there lived robbing knights who put an iron chain across the Danube when a ship

was approaching.  Each ship had to pay high taxes in order to pass.




Ruins of Aggstein with my daughter Anna-Sophie
Ruins of Aggstein with my daughter Anna-Sophie




Born and raised in a village along the Danube in Austria, Traude Wild soon ventured out into the world. After a two-year program for tourism in Klesheim/Salzburg, she spent nearly a year in South Africa and Namibia. By returning back to Austria, she acquired a Master of Economics at the University of Vienna. After moving to the United States with her four children, she studied Art History at Arizona State University and stayed in the United States for fourteen years. Here, she was teaching Art History in several Universities like Webster University and University of Missouri-St. Louis. Now, she lives partially in Arizona and Vienna and works together with her husband for the University of South-Carolina, Moore School of business as Adjunct Professor organising and leading Study tours in Central Europe. She also teaches at the Sigmund Freud University in Vienna. Since 1999, she is practicing Zen meditation in the lineage of Katagiri Roshi. She loves to hike and to write and is a student of Natalie Goldberg. During her often many weeks long hikes she brings her awareness into the Here and Now, describing her experiences in an authentic way. She loves to walk pilgrimages. The longest hike so far was the 1,400 km long 88 Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku, Japan in 2016.

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