Wachau Valley

Old Feb 15th, 2018, 12:55 PM
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Wachau Valley

Five family members (female adults) are planning an E. Europe trip June 7 - 28, 2018. We will be in Prague, then Cesky Krumlov and then want to boat through the Wachau Valley on the Danube. We thought we'd shuttle from CK to Melk, visit the Abbey and then take a boat from Melk to Krems and a train to Vienna. The advice I need is timing everything. If we arrive in Melk before noon will we have time to visit the Abbey and then board a boat to Krems and train to Vienna all in one day or is that pushing it? We're not opposed to stay overnight in Melk and take the boat next day. If we stay in Melk, and catch the boat the next day can you suggest boat companies to contact? Ive looked at DDSG Blue Danube and Brandner but having difficulty finding time schedules. Is it best to book in advance or can we buy tickets shortly before departure? How can we find out about scheduled departure and arrival times? Also, we will have our luggage. Is there a place on board boats to store luggage while cruising? How long is boat ride from Melk to Krems? Do most boats make stops in little town along the way? I've read some forums that suggest getting off the bus at Durnstein and taking bus to Krems to catch train to Vienna. Is this easily done or is a lot of lag time involved? Should we stop for a meal in a specific town or eat on boat? Do boats provide food? I know that's a lot of questions. Thanks for your time.
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Old Feb 15th, 2018, 01:49 PM
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There is a daily boat around 13:30 leaving Melk and about a 15-minute walk from Abbey - Abbey is fairly small but gorgeous- you should have plenty of time if you get to Melk by 11 am it seems - that boat takes about two hours to going to Durnstein - yes great place to jump off -cute wine town with neat ruined castle above it - then buses go frequently enough to Krems - nice larger town to putz around in -for trains to Vienna.

Plenty of place for luggage. This contains DDSG timetables - the company I took -we just walked on without tickets but that was a while ago - see what brochure says - would not hurt to have them.


For more details on these boats www.ricksteves.com has tons and www.budgeteuropetravel.com has a section on it too.

Melk would make a wonderful small Baroque town to stay the night in. And catch the 11am boats and have more time in Durnstein and Krems.

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For starters, you will be traveling in Central Europe, not "Eastern Europe." My five years of living in Vienna has taught me to be sensitive about the distinctions.

Try to layout your schedule against what it is that you want to see and do. Assuming you reach Melk in time to store your luggage catch the 1055 tour, you should give yourself more than an hour for your visit. One challenge is that if you end up staying in Melk overnight you may become easily bored (Melk may be a wonderful Baroque town, but it is small and its sidewalks roll up early) unless perhaps you can spend the afternoon getting to and from Durnstein to pass the time, but the logistics of that might not work. (Durnstein is even smaller than Melk, and the trail up to the ruins is not necessarily easy. The village itself can be explored in about an hour if you're not trekking up to the ruins.)

Have you investigated arriving in Krems from CK, then cruising Krems-Melk-Durnstein-Krems before either staying overnight in Krems or training to Vienna? Krems is much larger, all things being relative, and you would benefit from a livelier evening dining scene (again, all things being relative).

Happy Planning!
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DDSG boats from Krems to Melk, daily from April 28th:
Krems dp 10.15, 13.10. 15.45 - Melk ar 13.30, 16.05, 18.50
DDSG boats from Melk to Krems, daily from April 28th:
Melk dp 11.00, 13.50, 16.25 -Krems ar 12.50, 15.30, 18.10

Brandner boats from Krems to Melk, daily from April 14th:
Krems dp 10.10 - Melk ar 13.00
Brandner boats from Melk to Krems, daily from April 14th:
Melk dp 13.45 - Krems ar 15.25

Saturday Wurm&Noe boat from Linz to Krems:
Linz dp 9.00 - Melk ar 14.40 - Krems ar 16.20

Melk Abbey: open daily from 9am until 5pm; guided tours in English: 10.55 and 14.55 (lasts 1 hr). Count about 2 hrs for the visit of the abbey and the gardens.

Luggage lockers at the railway stations of Melk and Krems
Trains from Melk to Vienna (1 hrs journey): about every 30 min from 4.47 until 22.38
Trains from Krems to Vienna (1 hrs journey): at least every 30 min from 4.29 until 21.51
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If starting in Vienna (OP is not) you can buy an all-inclusive ticket for abbey, trains and boats and buses.
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