So this was the afternoon that we had all been waiting and thinking and planning for….three or four hours of cruising the Danube with little towns and castles all the way. It lives up to my expectation and I hope some day to go back and spend time in some of those towns. Would make a great long weekend road (or for you more athletically inclined bike) trip.
We ended the day with a few hours in Durnstein. This town’s claim to fame is that it’s castle was used to imprision Richard the Lion Hearted after he and the Holy Roman Emperor had a fight on their return from a crusade.
Like the rest of the valley Durnstein exists today as a wine making town and we enjoyed some along with some brandy made from the other chief harvest, apricots. I was introduced to the native wine Gruner Veltliner a number of years ago at our favorite Raleigh restaurant- 18 Seaboard. It is now the Burton-Clayton’s house white it was great to have some in it terroir.