Only 14 degrees today! When we arrived at Au an der Donau at gone 7pm two days ago it was 27 degrees. A shorter day by far, that started after breakfast in the campsite ‘pool’, another lovely natural pool, but which must have had its source from elsewhere. It was so refreshing it left me tingling with cold. Too cold and deep for Evie, she practiced her sitting!
We set off in the rain, but it didn’t last too long, nor was it too heavy.
First thing of interest was at Machland; a fish ladder, considered Europe’s largest. They’ve even built an impressive viewing tower to look down on it.
…. and a massive man-eating fish!
After a while the cycle path left the Danube and headed inland. We were thirsty and in Mitterkirchen, a small little village, was an amazing restaurant called Radlerbauerhof, Familie Moser. I thoroughly recommend a visit if you are passing through this village.
Evie got to play in the pumpkins!
We got to drink homemade award winning cider and wine! And eat very tasty homemade soup.
It turned out they had a shop and were also a hotel. Somewhere I would happily return to stay. And that they made a large number of different wines, schnapps, brandies and even a whiskey!
Sadly it was time to leave again. So we cycled off through now very agricultural land, fields filled with corn and sugarbeet.
Before we knew it we were back by the Danube and in woods
Then the scenery changed again and the river got narrower, we were definitely going downhill (it’s the hardest gear I’ve needed to use yet!). It’s has also become more woody again. Sadly no sun to bring out the colour in the trees but pretty nonetheless.
Then suddenly…. we turned a corner and there was Grein in front of us. Even from a distance you could see it was a pretty town.
But it did have a short sharp hill just to get into it!
Having struggled up the hill to our lovely guesthouse, a lady who speaks no English welcomed us into her home. I was glad of my (somewhat terrible) German. I think she would have played with Evie all evening if we had hung around!
It wasn’t till we went to walk back into Grein I realised that the hill up really was quite steep, so I needn’t have berated myself for not being able to cycle up it!
We went up to the Schloss, but were to late to look around. The view was good though!
I knew Grein was old, but not quite how old. First documented in 1147, with major renovations in 1642, after a great fire had consumed most of the city.
We had an interesting hour looking around, in part because we accidentally visited two places at the same time as an American tour group off a Danube cruise was being shown around.
The Old Rathaus, from 1563, converted into a Municipal Theatre in 1791 was very interesting.
It was very quaint inside
Bit of particular interest were its original ‘locking seats’ – you owned a seat and locked it up so no-one else could use it
A loo with a view, so if you needed the toilet during a performance you could peep through the curtain to continue watching!!
And the fact that there was a prison cell attached to the theatre, but there was a peephole through, so the prisoners could watch the performances!! It is even said that folk brought them brandy and food to keep them quiet!
And the theatre is still in use today, but we didn’t get the chance to see a performance.
On into Grein church, with beautiful vaulted ceilings
We were lucky in that the American group, and therefore us to, got a short organ recital, which was very nice to listen to.
Then out for dinner, which is becoming ever more entertaining with Evie!
Tonight, she was after my wine big style!!
From there an amble back up the hill, in the rain. I had not taken out the bundle bean as I wasn’t expecting rain again, so ended up in mums waterproof worn backwards!
And the all essential evening play!