We cruised in the morning along one of the most beautiful parts of the Danube River, the Wachau area. Sculpted hills and medieval towns built along the river peppered the landscape.

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Our first port of call is at Spitz, one of the prettiest spots in this amazing region. Spitz is located among the picturesque hills characteristic of the Wachau valley. We passed apricot orchards, wooded hillsides and fertile vineyards. In town, the Castle of Spitz, a 17th century structure overlooks the old town hall. The town itself features many old houses from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. If only these houses could tell a story! We soaked-in the towns history and had fun buying souvenirs.
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This house have markings on how high the Danube River flooded the town in recent years.

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After lunch onboard, we spent the afternoon cruising Grein while joining an Apfelstrudel (apple strudel) baking demonstration in which we enjoyed samples of it afterwards.

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We arrived in Grein, Austria in the late afternoon which is on the left side of the Danube. We walked to town and explored this charming village. We saw the Greinburg Castle, a dominant feature dating back from the renaissance and refurbished during the 17th century. It is a beautiful town with an interesting city hall and stately old houses built during the great wealth when Grein prospered from its commerce along the Danube River.

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After an enjoyable day, we were ready to embark to our next port… with The Blue Danube Waltz playing, we can’t wait for our next stop.