Friday, May 21, 2010
The Wonders of Wachau
On the north bank of the river, where we were cycling, there is a succession of very beautiful villages, including Spitz, Weißenkirches and Dürnstein, which have been there for centuries.
All through the morning, we cycled through vineyards built along steep slopes on the north side of the river. The vineyards had obviously been there for hundreds of years, and were built up the steep slopes terraced with dry laid stone walls. The visual effect is spectacular. The terraced slopes are known as "stairs to the heavens", which gives the entire valley a very distinctive appearance.