Wachau Valley is perhaps Austria's best kept secret...at least to travelers. Locals already are well aware of this hidden gem and for good reason.
Less than an hour train ride from Vienna's city center, Wachau Valley is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a picturesque series of medieval towns with fascinating histories and scenic wine trails.
Dürnstein is one of the main stopping points along the trail. The quaint town has several traditional restaurants, making it a perfect mid-afternoon stop.
Travelers can also climb up to the top of Dürnstein Castle, which was where Austria's Duke Leopold V kept King Richard the Lionheart captive during the Third Crusade. The castle is now in ruins but the view from the top is undoubtedly one of the best in the region.