Christmas in Vienna - Day Trip to Krems

Krems in the Wachau Valley is an easy day trip destination from Vienna.  We set out for the Franz Josefs Bahnhof and caught a train for the 1 hour ride to Krems.
It was a cold, wet day but we soldiered on.
The center of town was bustling and we took some time to window shop along the main thoroughfare.
Marzipan pigs waited patiently for someone to purchase them at a local bakery.
Some lovely church spires rose up in front of us.
We discovered a set of stairs and decided to hike to the top of the hill to Piaristen Church.
We spotted an array of grapevines tumbling over the side of the hill, a nice reminder that we were in one of Austria's famed wine producing regions.  More on that later...
At the top of the hill, we were rewarded with beautiful views of the surrounding town.
We turned to the church and decided to have a quick look inside.
We were impressed by the lavish baroque elements inside.
Back outside, we wound our way down the hill once more.  We stopped at Weingut Stadt Krems for a free wine tasting.
Wachau Valley is well known for whites such as Reisling and Grüner Veltliner.  After our tasting and a lovely chat with the proprietor of the tasting room, we bought a couple bottles of Grüner Veltliner and headed back into town.
We caught a glimpse of Steiner Tor, a lovely yellow tower and gate into the town.
We opted to turn away from the Old Town and head further west toward the museum quarter.
The larger-than-life figures outside the Caricature Museum made us smile.
We looked up at terraced vineyards above the town.
We went as far as the Art Museum and then turned back toward the Old Town.
Passing through Steiner Tor, we found ourselves on the main shopping street.
We ate in reverse stopping at a bakery for dessert and coffee before eating lunch.  
The pastel interior at Biedermeier-Cafe was quite soothing.
We opted for a café mélange along with a poppy filled crescent...
...and a very sweet chestnut cake that looked like spaghetti.  It was uber delicious!
By now, we were in need of something savory after all that sweetness.  We had a late lunch at Schwarze Kuchl.
The interior felt quite homey and warm.
We could even watch the staff bustling about preparing our meals.
The pork and veal with spätzle were outstanding.
Filled to the brim, we strolled back through town to the train station.
The sun was beginning to set as we boarded the train.  The light playing off the countryside made for a beautiful scene even through the glass as we chugged back to Vienna.

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