Together with my parents, I escaped the busy and bustling city of Vienna and hopped on the train to Austria’s UNESCO-listed Wachau Valley along the Danube River. On this daytrip, we traveled through steep vineyards, charming villages, medieval castles, impressive monasteries and romantic sceneries. A 1.5-hour boat ride brought us from Melk, famous for its Benedictine abbey, to Dürnstein, where we hiked to castle ruins on a nearby hill. Doesn’t that sound appealing? This article will prepare you to explore Danube’s Wachau Valley independently by easy to follow steps.
1. The city airport train (CAT) brings you in 16 minutes from Vienna International Airport to the city center, at Wien Mitte station, running twice an hour. Tickets can be bought online, at the vending machines, from sales staff or at the CAT counter in the arrivals hall and costs €12 for a single or €21 for a return trip. A cheaper but slower option is to hop on the S7 train which takes basically the same route but with more stops.