October 15, 2011

I just had a really busy and intense week, half of which was spent in Innsbruck, Tyrol, while the other half saw me attending a conference in Stein an der Donau, about an hours drive north-west of Vienna. I’m going to spare you the details of the conference here, but I thought it’d be nice to share a handful of pictures from Stein, a pretty little town on the north bank of the Danube.

Perched between the river and the hills of the Wachau region, Stein more or less consists of only one long and narrow street. This may not sound like much, but said street is almost entirely lined with houses dating to the 15th-18th centuries, so it’s incredibly picturesque. Things get even more picturesque if you enter through the gateways of the houses because many of them contain the kind of dreamy courtyard you only expect to see in tourist advertising brochures…

To add to the idyllic character of the place, some of the facades are overgrown with vine, the leaves of which are already about to change into their autumn hue…

Elsewhere, a similar spectacle is to be seen on the walls of the 14th century Frauenbergkirche – one of Stein’s four medieval churches – where the ivy glows in a bright, intense red…

The Frauenbergkirche itself is situated on the hillside north of the town center, and from up there you have great views over the Danube…


… and especially a good view of Göttweig Abbey, an imposing 18th century structure, located on a hilltop on the other side of the river.

View of Göttweig abbey, framed by the towers of the Frauenbergkirche and Stein Parish Church

 And now, after looking at the pictures, imagine just how great those views would be on a bright sunny day rather than in a dreary mid-October drizzle…

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