Cruising Through Austria

Onboard the Viking Prestige, we just left Austria en route to Passau, Germany. The highlights of the cruise include meeting one of my magazine’s interns near Cathedral Square in Vienna, an evening concert of classical music in a palace and the fabulous onboard programming by Viking’s program director, Marek.

One of the other things that I did in Vienna was to walk along the canal, which is an offshoot of the Danube River. There were a ton of cool bars including a beach bar with tightrope walking, a bar with a swimming pool floating in the river and a ton of cool graffiti.

Baroque tea set at the Melk Abby // (c) 2011 Janeen Christoff
Baroque tea set at the Melk Abby // (c) 2011 Janeen Christoff

Of course, in Melk, you can’t miss the Benedictine Abby. It is enormous and dominates the tiny town of Melk, which it is perched above. Inside the abby, there is a surprisingly modern museum featuring some of the most beautiful displays of artifacts that I have ever seen. The abby is a must-see and also a World Heritage Site. It was under restoration for about 30 years, but is now fully opened. Apart from the museum, the li

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