Last weekend, I was escorted by my husband and daughter to the Wachau Valley town of Krems an der Donau for a birthday lunch.
Krems is famous for three things: wine, apricot brandy and mustard. The wine is pretty good.The apricot brandy (schnapps) is unspeakable. The mustard is excellent. I am not even a big fan of mustard, but I like this Austrian variety much better than the German kind. It’s not as heavy on the horseradish, and even better, is usually found atop some lovely sausages.
Surrounded by vineyards, Krems is a very old town, dating from even before the Romans. The oldest part climbs straight up a hillside, with all kinds of twisty little streets and interesting houses that often extend back into the rock face. There is a medieval museum I would like to see that was unfortunately closed that day. But the city museum was open, so of course we had to see that. This one is located in an old Dominican monastery, with exhibits occupying just a small portion of the extensive wine cellars underneath. Pretty cool.
We had an excellent lunch at Zur Alten Post, which is an old coaching inn. It’s a little touristy, but seemed to be mostly occupied by Austrians on a day out from Vienna. Maybe they were the only tourists willing to eat outside on a cloudy 65 degree July day. Besides us, of course. We know better than to wait around for nice weather by now!