But first, a stop to peek at a castle. Because there are so, so, many around here.
With one, final, sunny weekend day remaining before school commences, it wasn’t even a question whether we would hit the road for an adventure. About a two hour scenic (at least the second half) drive from Vienna is the Mendlingtal Gorge, an old logging route that has been converted into a magnificent walking trail. The trail is but 3km in length; at the end is a Gasthof serving delicious food, just what one needs for the return walk (and the 800m uphill climb!) to the parking area.
On a beautiful Sunday two weekends ago with the Teenagers and a visiting friend off cycling along the Wachau Valley, Tony and I pointed the wagon toward one of our favorite palaces/castles in the area, Renaissanceschloss Schallaburg. The Schloss offers some of the most uniquely curated exhibits; and if that isn’t enough to tempt one to visit, the structure and gardens make for a pleasant outing in and of themselves.
The doors to the cathedral do not compete for tourists like those of Ghiberti’s in Florence, but they were beautiful nonetheless, and the ceiling fresco most impressive.
Sankt Pölten is also home to a synagogue, destroyed in 1938 during Kristallnacht and rebuilt in the 1980s to serve as an institute for Jewish history studies.
Even if your German isn’t up to museum touring-snuff, mushroom names can be kind of funny.