Our Golden Circle is full of explorers. Their most recent trip spanned 11 days discovering Eastern Europe - including Prague, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. They started their journey in the seat of the Holy Roman Empire, where they experienced the rich Czech culture of dinner and dancing. The Castle district wowed them with Gothic and Baroque architecture that dates back to the 15th century.
Next they enjoyed the countryside of Lintz, Austria. They made friends with the locals and dined at a family’s home. Cruising down the Danube River allowed them to enjoy the sites and relax. They drifted on to Salzburg, known as the home of musical genius Amadeus Mozart and the location for the filming of the Sound of Music. They shopped, visited the Holensalzburg Fortress and dined in the oldest restaurant in existence.
They headed back east towards Vienna, stopping in Durnstein along the way. After climbing to the top of King Richard the Lionheart’s 12th century castle, they perused the expansive books and manuscripts in the historic 900 year old Baroque Melk Abbey. They took a cruise down the river in the Melk Abbey Valley and took in breathtaking views of the sculpted hills and medieval towns built along the river. Once they arrived in Vienna, they visited the cathedrals, palaces and a very warm concert hall. It reminded everyone what a treat is it to have central air conditioning!
Continuing their trek northeast, they stopped in Bratislava, Slovakia. Here they visited a local school, as well as St. Martin’s Cathedral and took lessons making Apflestrudel. Then they headed south for their last stop in Budapest, Hungary. They visited the Church of Our Lady, which was formerly used for the coronations of Hungarian Kings. Then they took a city tour and enjoyed great shopping. Members who are history buffs said it was the best trip they’ve been on and that they walked enough to not feel guilty for all the delicious food they ate!