Cruising Europe: Austria’s Wine Country

Welcome to the city: Krem’s Steiner Tor

Krems: Highlights of the Central European ports of call on AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto

A cruise is a wonderful thing: it allows you to unpack once, yet visit much more than just one place. Itineraries vary, but a river cruise is extra special, in that it allows you to get up close and personal to some of the most beautiful waterside views and countryside. I’ve compiled some snapshot highlights, to wet your wanderlust whistle.

This week, we’re sailing with AmaWaterways’ AmaCerto along the Danube and into Austria’s Wachau Valley wine country and the town of Krems. Next week, travel with us again on Crystal’s Western Europe: Lisbon, Portugal. So pack your bag – you’ll only have to unpack it once. 1-800-626-0126; www.amawaterways.com

2Pedestrian way

Walking the shopping pedestrian streets of Obere and Untere Landstasse

3. clocktower

The clocktower keeps on ticking.

4DoorsofDominicanChurch

The artfully crafted doors of the former Dominican Church.

5Facades

Facades come in all forms of beauty.

6Frescoes

Tonal frescoes decorate buildings.

7 sorbet

Sorbet colours abound in the medieval town.

8StVeitInside St. Veit Church.

9KremsWineA wrought-iron sign acts a shingle for what this wine merchant does.

10Kremswine2The local Wachau Valley specialty, Riesling, at Winzer Krems winery.