Melk: A 'Welcome to Austria' Feast and a Visit to the Melk Abbey

After leaving Passau, we sailed into Austria and made our way to the Wachau Valley, an area renowned for apricots and grapes. The apricots are made into fine desserts and excellent schnapps, and the grapes—particularly Reisling and Grüner Veltliners—are turned into the wines the Valley is famous for.

Nuremberg: Old City Walls and Tiny Sausages

After checking into my cozy stateroom, I resisted the urge to pass out for the next 12 hours, and instead took the first shuttle into Nuremberg. Though I felt heavy with jetlag, it was the sunshine, excitement, and abundance of cobblestone that carried me through the rest of the day.