Subject: Re: Melk or Krems Austria
Hi Ann,

I spent a night in Melk in March. I was traveling from Salzburg to Vienna and decided it would be more efficient to stop on the way. We stayed at Cafe Furst which is smack dab in the middle of town. We also had dinner there. We visited the Abbey and walked around town. We then spent a week in Vienna. We attended the opera (standing room is superior to seats with a partial view), attended Mass at Augustinerkirche which was a fabulous sung Mass. We had to make a choice between Augustiner and the Jesuit church and we made it simply on the basis of the music selection.

I highly recommend the Kunsthistoriches Museum. I love Breugel and they had a nice selection.

Tram #1 and #2 provide a nice sightseeing respite for tired feet. Rick Steves' book has nice descriptions of what you are passing as you ride.

Try a coffee house. I enjoyed the Cafe Sperl (on Gumperdoferstrasse a few blocks from the Westbahnhof) but there are lots of others.

For meals, I enjoyed Figlmuller (there are three locations) and Gulaschmuseum (behind St. Stephan's). Both are relatively inexpensive. I believe we paid about 35 Euro for two including a glass of wine each. We also liked Rosenberger Markt which is a block away from the Hotel Sacher and several floors underground but they had both a salad bar and a vegetable bar. We found green vegetables hard to find.

Spend time walking within the ring, you will discover all sorts of interesting places that are picturesque but maybe not quite guidebook worthy.

Barbara Mawdsley Connecticut