This unique natural landmark which causes the Danube to make two spectacular changes of direction is around halfway between Passau and Linz.
A pit stop is in order, with a front-row seat on the terrace of the Hotel & Restaurant Donauschlinge, with one eye admiring the amazing scenery of the Danube and the other on the Austrian delicacies on the plate in front of you.
Schloss Artstetten is set in the middle of the enchanting castle park and at one time was the family seat and summer residence of the Imperial family. The castle contains a museum dedicated to Archduke Franz Ferdinand; a walk through the castle grounds to enjoy the fresh air is well worth it, the park is considered one of the most important historical parks in the country.
The Danube without Vienna – unthinkable. The Habsburgs without Vienna – totally unthinkable. Schloß Schönbrunn is both a World Heritage Site and the symbol of the Habsburg dynasty of Kings and Emperors, so what better way to end this fascinating trip along the Route of Kings and Emperors.
This sumptuous baroque jewel of palace and gardens has remained largely unchanged since its former days of glory and grandeur. Staying on the theme of Kings and Emperors, a visit to the Hofburg and the Hofmobiliendepot [royal furniture storage] is an absolute must. After feasting on so much cultural heritage, it’s time for more worldly pleasures in Vienna’s vibrant culinary centre, the Naschmarkt. Explore and enjoy the extensive variety of food and drinks which is unsurpassed anywhere else in Austria.