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Krems - Old Town Charm in Lower Austria

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Hi! :) A few days ago I did a half day trip to the small town Krems, which is situated
at the Danube and can be seen as the door to world famous Wachau. The climate
is mild and the region is famous for wine. Yet the main reason for my trip was not
the wine but the beautiful old town of Krems. I saw this town last time about 20 years ago,
and I did not much preparation for this little journey. Just took the train and looked
for the wonders that might wait for me in Krems.
I brought three or four photos from there... :lol: - so let me show you the pics and tell you
the story of my little Krems adventure.

First the train is rolling through the vast plain of Tullner Feld, before reaching a long,
not very high hill called "Wagram". This hill consists of glacial loess which is a perfect ground
for vineyards.

Here we see a typical railway station in a rural environment in Lower Austria - Kirchberg am Wagram:

Again from the train I took a pic of the loess terraces of Wagram. The little houses
build what we call a "Kellergasse" - nice rows of small buildings with only one purpose - wine. :)

Finally, after one hour's trip from Vienna, we have reached our destination:
Krems, we are coming! :)

(You see that I talk to you like a tourist guide, you shall feel like being taken
by the hand and make this little journey with me. :))

We step out of the railway station and find ourselves under a kind of long roof
which surely makes sense to protect passengers who move to taxi or bus from the rain...

... but first it hides from us what we see when we reach the end of the construction:
A first glance into the old town of Krems! :banana:

It's a hot day, but I'm sure you will climb any mountain with me to get nearer
to this very, very promising historic buildings up there. ;)

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Seems a charming place to be, I'm loving to see descriptions and photographs, thanks for sharing :)
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In a side lane we find what looks like relics of the historic town fortification:

The beauty of historic walls...

The next side lane tempts us with a true colour explosion:

I'm so fascinated by the red bush and the old door that a car nearly touches me
while I'm taking pic after pic... ;)

This architectonic detail we call "Schwibbogen":

The lane with lovely houses leads us to a very special building...

:applause:Great stuff!
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Seems a charming place to be, I'm loving to see descriptions and photographs, thanks for sharing :)
I'm happy that you make this virtual journey with me, Eduardo. :)

:applause:Great stuff!
Thank you, Paul! :)

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This remarkable building from 1561 deserves more than one look.
It shows rich engravings (Sgraffito?), stuff from the bible, as I could see,
King David for instance, or the story of the lost son.

Just enjoy...

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Let's take a look back into this wonderful street:

At this point, a Café which exaggerates the colour of the world famous "Wachauer Marille" ;)
near the river Krems we leave the path of the common tourist.

We get lost -
and find a "Rapunzel Tower", a romantic shed, a steep rock, modern architecture and,
nearly, the way to the village Rehberg. ;)

I leave you now with this thrilling "cliffhanger" ;) just to tell you that I'm offline again
for four days beginning with tomorrow. But this trip will go on as soon as possible!
Beautiful and fascinating photos, Silvia! :applause: Thank you for the travel through your photos :)
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Beautiful and fascinating photos, Silvia! :applause: Thank you for the travel through your photos :)
Thank you, dear Roman, for your kind words! :)
Skopje/Скопје;134235833 said:
O yeah, another exciting thread by Yansa :banana:
Haha, thank you, Skopje, for your little dance of joy! :)
Beautiful city and very interesting description. I really feel like traveling with you dear Silvia. Thank you!
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Beautiful city and very interesting description. I really feel like traveling with you dear Silvia. Thank you!
That makes me happy, dear Roberto. :)
Thank you for your nice comment!
Another beautiful thread! Charming city, and what beautiful and fascinating middle age engravings! Never seen this technic before.
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Really great, very nice photos :cheers:
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Charming! I love it. Great pictures.
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What a beautiful door in post 3.

I love the way the vineyards are glimpsed from all of the different perspectives in Krems.
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one charming Austrian town.
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Thank you so much for your nice comments, General Electric, Igor, Christos,
El Greco, Jane and skylark! :)
Thanks to all for liking!

@General Electric: This engravings, Sgraffito, is a technique which origins
from Renaissance Italy and also came to Austria and Germany. Krems has
more than one Sgraffito house, I found out, and there are some very well preserved
examples of such houses in other Austrian towns and villages.

Today we will continue our little Krems excursion. :)

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Let me invite you to follow me down to the banks of the River Krems.
I nearly stood in the water while taking this pic. The water of all rivers
of this region (the Gneiss and Granite Highlands) has it's red-brown colour
from iron.

Not only the so harmless looking Krems, but also the near Kamp River and
of course the near Danube cause severe floods from time to time.
If you are interested you can see here reports about floods in this region
in the years 2002 and 2013:

From the river we can see the "Rapunzel Tower" of my childhood dreams. ;)
It's the old Tower for Gunpowder.

Soon becomes clear that from this side there will be no easy way back to
the Old Town of Krems. :lol:

We follow a small, deserted lane with nice buildings:

You see, your adventurous tourist guide really leads you through the
deserted backside of the town. ;)

Here it seems could be a way back to the other side, but your guide is not
so cruel to lead you through what looks like a dark tunnel through the rock. ;)

A little later we follow the Kremstal Straße.
Any freeclimbers among us? :lol:

Here we can see the Gneiss and Granite on which Krems is situated.
On goes our adventure. I admit, that I have lost orientation, but that has
something exciting too. :)

On this route we have the chance to see something of the modern Krems,
and of course the beautiful flowers on the rock.

Where will this excursion end?
Will we ever see the trainstation again? :lol:

To be continued.
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After the Rapunzel Tower we come now to the Witche's House from "Hänsel and Gretel". :lol:

If we don't make it to the trainstation before dark, we can spend the night
in this lovely place. ;)

I love this old shed with it's roof full of plants...

On our way we pass charming door decorations...

... and blossoming front gardens.

Another example for the modern Krems:

The estate of a little landlord ;)

The wonderful vineyard terraces...

Still I have the hope to find a way back to the Old Town by making a sharp
curve to the left. I ask a woman at a bus station if I can reach the Old Town
this way. She sais, no, here you will come to Rehberg. :lol:
I'm sure, Rehberg is a lovely little vine village, but the day is not endless,
so I capitulate at this point and decide to go the whole way back again.

A last glance at this small neo-gothic chapel, a short prayer for happy return :),
then we make our hard pilgrimage back between street and rock. ;)

The way back brings some surprises too, so stay tuned! :)
Maybe I will continue tomorrow.
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