World Heritage Trail, Wachau, Day 5

At the foot of the 1000 Eimer Berg (1000 bucket mountain), I entered the cemetery of

Spitz.  In good years, it was said that 1000 buckets of grapes could be harvested from

the vineyards on this mountain.  The entrance tower to the cemetery was once a

Protestant chapel destroyed by the Catholic forces.  Each grave has a little flower

garden. It  was nice to walk from grave to grave – a feast of colors and smells. I

recognized many names on the crosses and gravestones.

 Pastorenturn (tower of the pastor) and cemetery
Pastorenturn (tower of the pastor) and cemetery


For hours, I walked through vineyards and little villages.  Green lizards seem to like

the place, they are everywhere.


 Spitzer Graben, vineyard terraces
Spitzer Graben, vineyard terraces



Stone wall with blooming peach tree
Stone wall with blooming peach tree



 Green lizard and dry oak leaves
Green lizard and dry oak leaves



 cowslip (Himmelschlüssel)
cowslip (Himmelschlüssel)


In the evening, I approached the village of Mühldorf with the castle Oberranna.

I was looking forward to meeting my long-term friend, Lydia, who owns this castle,

now a hotel. Her husband and she renovated this place with a lot of love and



Castle Oberranna with apricot blossoms in foreground
Castle Oberranna with apricot blossoms in foreground



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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