We took the advice of excellent and experienced tripadvisor contributors like Vertical and others and did the the trip on our own; its cheaper and more relaxed; no rushing from one place to the other. We took an early train from Westbahnhof to Melk, a pleasant 1.h 15m trip.We spent the whole morning in Melk. We went on purpose on October 13 the feast day of their patron saint. The main street was very lively full of stalls selling a bit of everything with music all around.(Maybe it would have made more sense if we had stayed the night there; a good excuse to do the trip again in the future!) The Abbey in Melk is a gem. The church was packed with all the school children of the area singing. Then we took the 13.15 boat down the Danube, an enjoyable one hour+ boat trip enjoying the marvelluous views with commentary in different languages while enjoying our apple strudel and hot chocolate. We got off at Durmstein, a very small town with only one narrow main street but really charming and relaxing.Then we took the bus to Krems train station and back to Vienna. I cannot recommend this trip enough, its a Must do if you're in Vienna. You won't regret it.
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