|Durnstein & Melk – July 12|
|Steps walked: 10,332 Floors climbed: 11||Distance walked: 7.4 km|
|Breakfast at Waterside||8:30 AM|
|Ship Tour: Durnstein Walking Tour &||9:30 AM||quaint little village|
|1-hour guided tour with Lisa Marie|
|free time to explore the town||10:30 AM|
|back to ship||11:45 AM|
|Scenic Sailing along Wachau Valley||12:00 PM|
|Lunch at Blue||12:20 PM|
|Arrived at Melk||4:00 PM|
|Ship Tour: Melk Abbey: a Baroque||4:30 PM||lots of walking!!!|
|Masterpiece (MLK-02) 2-hr guided||Guide: Iduna (Excellent)|
|Left Melk Abbey||6:30 PM|
|back to ship||6:45 PM|
|Dinner at Waterside||7:00 PM|
|Social time at Cove Bar||9:00 PM|
Crystal Mozart left Vienna just before midnight of July 11. When we woke up on July 12, we found that we were already at Durnstein, with Amadeus Symphony parked right beside us on the Starboard side. Again, it proved that our suite location was great as there was still a little bit of gap between our windows and the front part of Amadeus Symphony.
We started the walking tour by going to Dürnstein Abbey. Established in 1410 and rebuilt in 1710 in the elaborate Baroque style, the abbey is definitely very well-kept. Here is the famous spire of the blue church:
The interior was surprisingly stunning for a quaint little village of only 900 inhabitants.
We had an easy stroll through this beautiful village, heard legends about the town, its ruined castle and King Richard I of England, also known as Richard the Lionheart. Walking back to the ship on our own was super easy.
On a river cruise, the worst stateroom locations were the midship rooms, and many of them were the penthouse suites. They ALWAYS got blocked, at least partially if not completely. All you faced was just the concrete. Those on Deck 1 midship were in complete darkness, like you’re trapped in a lock.