Monday, 24 July 2017

Vineyards, Churches and Ossuaries, and much much more!















The Wineviertel is a wine growing area in the north-east of Austria near Moravia (CZ).

On a recent visit I found an abundance of signposted bicycling routes and scenic hiking trails.

A street of wine cellars

The town of Retz which has a railway station makes a good base.

Retz boasts a Fahrrad Museum - Bicycle Museum.

The posters on the gates mention a special exhibition - 200 Years - The Story of the Bicycle - which runs until 31st October 2017.



Retz - town square

All roads lead to Rome and the Krakau-to-Rome Pilgrims Way passes this landmark: 

The Windmill of Retz 

A wonderful area to visit. Good value for money. And not overwhelmed with tourists! 



Pulkau Waldbad


10 comments:

  1. Such a beautiful town and lovely photos, warm greetings!

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    1. Many thanks and likewise warm greetings from here!

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  2. Such a fascinating area, and only 1hr 50 minutes by train from Vienna, I just looked it up. Looking at the pictures I thought you were in Romania, Poland or Hungary at first. Looks like such a good place to visit, and so quiet. Retz has a good town square and church. Thank you for sharing the information.

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    1. There's a local train called the Rebleaus Express (?) to Znojmo(CZ) with stops along the way. We went to Retz in order to see a performance of the new opera "Judas" by Christopher Ebenfellner, but we liked the area so much we stayed in a B&B for 3 days.

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  3. All looks pretty good to me Gwil - I love old buildings. Unfortunately my lack of mobility means it is hard for me to get around them.

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    1. Under the town square are 20 kms of tunnels in which most of the local the wine is stored! You wouldn't want to get stuck down there, Pat!

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  4. Goodness Gwil, what lovely pictures!!! And vineyards all over the place!! That bicycle exhibition sounded like lots of fun, did you attend it or do you intend to?? I agree with Pat, old buildings are such a treat, the history, the workmanship, the structure and the thoughts that awakes when you get a close look. Really nice post this, are you having some kind of vacation now after all this touring de France business??

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    1. The Wineviertel area of Austria is very picturesque. I'm looking forward to seeing the old bicycles exhibition in 2 or 3 weeks time. Now the Tour de France has finished I'm watching some of the women's European football games on Eurosport. But tonight I was at the cinema to see Dunkirk. We must never forget the sacrifices made and the courage of those soldiers on those beaches and the spitfire pilots and the ordinary people who sailed across the sea in small boats to rescue nearly 300,000 British soldiers. We owe that generation a debt of gratitude we can never hope to repay.

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    2. Please let us take part when you do go see the exhibition! I am afraid Dunkirk will be lost for us, we are working a lot this period and next week we are off to London. I really wanted to see it and agree with you about the sacrifices, there is hope for mankind and the future every time someone makes room for another person in his or her heart and step aside to save lives.

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    3. Yes, I'll take my camera to the bicycle exhibition and show the best here.

      Dunkirk was good for some, and also a bad thing. 300,000 saved but 100,000 perished. Terrible horror for many. We were lucky that time. We must always remember that good does not always triumph.

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