During April, we will be spending a long weekend in Austria – we’ve got a full Saturday, Sunday and half of the Monday.
Although we’ll be based in Vienna, we’ll spend a day to visit the world famous Melk Abbey which sits astride the Danube river and is famed as a centre of scholastic learning. En route to Melk, we’ll most likely also visit Durnstein and/or Krems at the other end of the Wachau valley. Durnstein is famed as the place where Richard the Lionheart – King of England and an important figure in English, French and Crusading history – was imprisoned in the 12th Century.
In Vienna, we’ll visit the Schonbrunn palace – originally designed as a hunting lodge for the Imperial Family before being redesigned as a palace by Johann Fischer von Erlach and subsequently substantially extensively remodeled by Marie Therese into its current impressive form.
We will be flying from Zürich on Swiss International Airlines to Vienna International Airport. From there, we intend to take the train into town. We'll be staying in Best Western Premier Hotel Romischer Kaiser.
Melk - a day trip to the monastic city - Notes from our day visiting the Benedictine Monastry in Melk
Austria - goals and achievements - Travel goals and achievements from various trips to Austria
Salzburg - great places not to miss - Essential things to see and do when visiting the historic city of Salzburg
Salzburg - last day of a long weekend - An morning in Salzburg and back to Zürich
Salzburg - a day on foot - A day on foot around the historic city of Salzburg
Bregenz - a morning on foot - An morning in Bregenz and onto Salzburg
Salzburg - St Sebastiankirche - Brief notes on and about the St Sebastian Kirche in Salzburg
Austria - recommended places to stay - Recommended hotels in Vienna, Salzburg and Bregenz
Salzburg / Bregenz - accomodation summary - Comments on our hotels during a trip to Bregenz and Salzburg
Vienna - Lazaristenkirche / Vincentian Church Immaculate Conception - Notes on the Lazaristenkirche / Vincentian Church Immaculate Conception in Vienna, Austria
Austria Tourism - Official website of the Austrian National Tourist Office
Mark Sukhija is a travel and wine blogger, photographer, tourism researcher, hat-touting, white-shirt-wearing, New Zealand fantatic and eclipse chaser. Aside from at least annual visits to New Zealand, Mark has seen eclipses in South Australia (2002), Libya (2006), China (2009) and Queensland (2012). After twelve years in Switzerland, Mark moved back to London in 2012. You can follow Mark on Twitter or Facebook