Apricots, Apricots, Apricots! Tasting the longest apricot cake in the world (yes, it is well over 30 metres long!). Eating apricot dumplings, joining an apricot festival, being “apricot bloggers”, almost: Our gourmet trip along the Danube in Lower Austria shapes up to let us appreciate & enjoy every aspect of this sweet little orange fruit whose harvest is taking place right now in the middle of July. Tasting a b’soffene Marille (“boozy apricot” according to Sarah Lee of LiveShareTravel) at 10 in the morning? No problem, if like Sarah Lee or Nienke Krook you have just come from England or Holland in order to soak up the local atmosphere. “We love Austria!” is what Sarah & her husband Terry keep saying: Together with our colleagues Janett Schindler (Teilzeitreisender) from Germany, Anita Brechbühl (Travelita) from Switzerland and Nienke Krook (The Travel Tester) from Holland, we have come to enjoy a unique gourmet weekend in one of the most spectacular river landscapes of Austria: The World Heritage Wachau at the Danube in Lower Austria.
“Flower Power” & “Wine Lovers”: The Wachau represents pure essence of good living.
“We will get you fresh flowers from our garden!” Mrs Saahs, welcoming us at the oldest Austrian Wine Estate Nikolaihof in Mautern, retreats from our dinner table with a smile. However, only a little later, she is back with a whole basket of flowers and encouraging us to … eat them !!! Quite incredulous, we later really enjoy munching one or two of them: Flowers are delightful, either at the table, in your salad or as a snack in between. Lovely. Lots of flowers also brighten up our gourmet lunch at the famous restaurant Holzapfel Prandtauerhof, who thanks to their magnificent inner courtyard wrap us up in a real southern summer atmosphere. The food & wines are just excellent here. Be sure not to miss the following gourmet travel tips on your next foodie trip in Wachau …
Gourmet Travel at the Danube in Lower Austria: “Geniesserzimmer” local accommodation, apricot festival & more!
Well, I have to tell you this: Even living here, you always discover new things. The city of Krems is local to me, however I have never tried the longest apricot cake in the world that is being served here each year. Delightful! Thanks to the appreciation of my friends, things taken for granted always manage to turn into something special: Janett and I have therefore chosen to stay in the same Genießerzimmer Ried Kollmitzberg, a special type of local gourmet accommodation welcomed by the family Prankl in Spitz at the Danube. Their rooms perfectly express the history of the traditional inn. “From here, it is literally just two steps till you reach our Danube beach for a swim”, Martin Prankl, our host at Gasthaus Prankl lets us in into his secret. I wonder if we have the time, though? Segway, Wachaubahn historic train ride, apricot festival & more: We are getting busy here with so many things to see and do! Definitely, there is always time for a toast with a good glass of Riesling or Grüner Veltliner here at the Danube in Lower Austria …
Cycling at the Danube? A river cruise between the vineyards? Or continuing to eat famous apricot dumplings … ?
Life is hard. Really. If an area, despite being “small” (it is only 35 kilometres from Krems to Melk along the famous Wachau Danube river valley) offers us all these possibilities, how can you possibly choose from them? Rent a bike? Dare cruising on the river? Continue eating (apricot dumplings and else)? Or go see … a real apricot farmer?
The answer is: Try everything. 😉 We did anyway! A river cruise from Krems to Spitz on the Danube is truly relaxing – wonderful views and a state-of-the-art Wachau ship offer good comfort and rest. When cycling alongside the famous Danube cycling trail during our 20 kilometer stretch from Spitz to Krems, we really enjoyed the countless photo opportunities, hotels & “Heurigen” local wine bars as well as the beautiful landscape on the way. And what about the apricots … ? We simply love them. Turned into brandy, liqueur or hidden inside a lovely little Austrian dumpling: Wachau, Wine & Apricots are the most beautiful travel experience around here.