Family Travel Austria: Castle photo

October 05, 2011

Austria wine country castle in Melk

The castle and wine area route on the Danube between Melk and Krems is a wonderful family friendly area of Austria perfect for family travel. Many pay big bucks to do it by cruise ship, but we found out that doing it on your own can make it one of the cheapest and least crowded places in Europe even in high season.

We were there in August and only paid 20 euros a night with our campsite right on the Danube and basically had the whole campsite to oursleves which was like one huge park. Many Europeans like to do this area by bike and it is easy and very enjoyable bike riding even for families with young children.

The area is rich in history including the famous  Melk Abbey a UNESCO World Heritage Site where we did a family Museum tour. Instead of taking one of the expensive overnight cruise ships, save a bundle and take the same cruise as a day trip and bring your bikes with you. We had an idyllic August exploring this area, but alas I had a freak accident just before we were scheduled to leave so got to also explore their hospitals intimately which was not part of our plan.

This photo is one of the many beautiful castles along the Danube that I took on one of our day cruises around sunset. Have you been to Melk or done any bike riding in Europe?

More posts on Austria that you might enjoy:

Alpine Postcard Dreams

Heavenly Hallstatt

Sassy Salzburg

Autumn in the Alps

Vienna, A Little Night Music

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OMG OMG. I'm totally adding this to my list of things to do next summer. Jeannie, thank you soooooooo much for your blog. I've deactivated fb for a while because all the arguing there starts to feel useless after a while. But point is, I think you all are an amazing family, and I think you for letting us share in your knowledge and spirit.


Aw, thanks Marlana! You are going to have a wonderful trip!!Hallstatt was one of our fave places and we really enjoyed Melk many folks miss these gems.

Melk is one of the uncrowded places even in August high season so that might work well for you. ( But I bet Hallstatt is busy then).

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