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Wachau short stay in October - a good idea?

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Hi, I'm taking my 76 year old mother for a trip to her favourite city (Vienna) from October 6 to 18. Both of us like to absorb the culture and feel of a place for a few days rather than just seeing the major sights for a couple of days and then moving on. So we don't intend to try to cram a lot of travel into this trip.

However, I think the Wachau is a region we'd both enjoy. My mom loves the general atmosphere of beautiful villages on the Danube, and I really enjoy hiking and biking. We both also enjoy wine-tasting. So rather than just doing a day trip from Vienna, we are thinking of spending maybe 3-4 days in the region.

So, a question for Wachau experts. Keeping in mind that we would not have a car and would be entirely reliant on public transport , is it feasible in October to use one of the towns along the Danube as a home base, and do day trips to other towns by train/boat/bus? My understanding is that there is a restored regional railway that runs through the vineyards from Krems to Spitz (a great wine town), but I think it only runs on weekends in October? Also, there seem to be several boat options for travel from town to town, but I'm not sure if they still run daily in October or on a more restricted schedule?

Also, are hotels/guesthouses and restaurants still open? Is there a particular town you would recommend as a home base? One consideration is mobility: my mother is a good walker, but may have a bit of trouble on steep slopes or a lot of stairs. Assuming public transport options are available, we would prefer a home base where bus/train stations, boat docking zones, etc. are within relatively easy walking distance of hotels.


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