Wachau Valley Car or Train/taxi ?

Old Apr 16th, 2017, 04:03 PM
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Wachau Valley Car or Train/taxi ?

Visiting Wachau Valley for three days/two nights mid September. We are taking a train from Budapest to Vienna to Wachau Valley. We want to spend the night in Durnstein and see what we can in the following two days. Have already been to the Melk Abbey years ago so not sure if that is a destination, rather want to bike a bit and explore the wine area, eat and drink etc. Maybe a short trip via a boat. Should we pick up a car in Vienna to see the Wachau area or can we do it by train and taxi? Rental cars for 3 days are quite expensive so perhaps we can take taxi once we reach the area. Will we miss a lot if we don't rent a car? Need info on how to structure our days there.
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Old Apr 16th, 2017, 10:38 PM
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Three days and two nights seems like a lot of time just for the Wachau Valley, unless perhaps your timing coincides with harvest festivals? Even then...

There are numerous ways to enjoy the Wachau as a day trip from Vienna:
1. By personal vehicle. In a lovely day you could tour Stift Gottweig, then head back across the river to drive along the valley, stopping wherever and whenever.
2. Bicycling from Melk to Krems. You can rent bicycles in Vienna or in Melk (with a return in Krems); catch a morning train to Melk and pedal to Krems. The 42km route is nearly flat.

3. The train/bus combination from Vienna.
4. The boat/bus combination from Vienna.
These two options would be pure torture to us, being trapped on a boat that putters along the Danube and being restricted by schedules. Just our opinion.

If you truly plan to stay in the Wachau for three days, do consider a rental car. In addition to Stift Gottweig, the ruins at Aggstein are worth exploring, as is Renaissance Schloss Schallaburg (which is currently running an incredible exhibit on Islam). Krems has Sandgrube, a winery that can be toured, as well as a few museums (most descriptions are in German, FYI). Parking in Dürnstein proper is near impossible; about a half-kilometer away is a large parking lot.

I hope this is helpful.
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IMO a boat cruise from Vienna is the best way to enjoy the Wachau. But if you don't like relaxing slow boat trips (like most people in this forum), take the boat at least between Melk and Krems.
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