DAY 31 The cycling has been wonderful and easy so far. No breakdowns, good weather, often tailwind and that is how we arrive on Saturday in Linz in Austria. We were fortunate to find a spot at the local “Kanu Verein” where you often find a place to put your tent up. Social and hospitable these clubs are in Germany. You can use the showers and often one can take a beer from the fridge providing you put a Euro in a pot or a shoe somewhere. We have experienced more than once that we received the key with the request to “please throw them in the letterbox tomorrow when you leave”.
The next day, Sunday, a day of rest in Austria we cycled to the centre but it was rather quiet in Linz. Many large streets full of shops, cafe’s and bakeries but most of them closed and only a hand full of people so we went to the “Neuer Dom” which is with it’s 135 meter one of the highest Cathedrals in the World. There was a young man playing the organ.
Further along we passed “Melk” where we visited it’s famous Abbey. Unfortunately it was a dark day and once inside we were told it was not allowed to take photographs.
Just before Vienna we stopped at “Klosterneuburg Monastry”, another impressive Baroque style monastry constructed between 1730 and 1834.
History and Religion, two words so connected and along the Danube it is present around every corner. Churches and monasteries, images of angels and holy men and statues of kings and important rulers.