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October 1, 2008.  We sailed from Melk to Durnstein along the Wachau Valley.  This region is one of the most productive and scenic wine growing areas.  The soil deposits covering the ancient rock formations of the Wachau make the vines root deeply, thus absorbing plenty of minerals.  One of the first structures we saw was the Schonbuhel Castle.



We saw the houses along the Danube.




Another castle came into view:  the Kuenringburg Castle.



There were vineyards where two major grape varieties are cultivated: Gruner Veltliner and Riesling.  Both these wines are outstanding.



Churches and medieval ruins dot the landscape along the Danube.




As we got close to Durnstein we began to see the ruins of Kuenringerburg Castle as well as the Agustinian Convent and Church of the Assumption.






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