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Wachau Valley, and the best location and village to stay in for two nights

I would love some input about the best location to stay in the Wachau Valley. We'll be picking up our rental car in Vienna in the am and then we'll be heading out to Krems, I'm thinking that with travel time to Krems, lunch, checking out some wineries and then onto Durnstein that would be the day. I can't decide to stay in a small B&B near Durnstein or go onto Weissenkirchen or perhaps Spitz. The next day we'll continue seeing the area as we head to Melk to see the Abby, then rent bikes to ride along the Danube then to the B&B for the night continuing on to Salzburg the next day. I realize the area is only about 24 miles long but I'm trying not to back track. Thanks in advance for your advice everyone.
Sue

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Hi Sue - You've asked nearly identical questions recently and I think that the feedback you have received has been good. What else are you looking to understand?

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/austria/danube-valley-itinerary-advice

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/austria/lodging-and-location-advice-for-wachau-valley-and-salzburg

You've also repeated your question here:

https://community.ricksteves.com/travel-forum/austria-reviews/recommendation-for-accomdations-and-location-to-stay-in-the-wachau-valley-2-nights

I'm happy to help, but I don't understand what you still need?

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I just sent you a private message Emily.
thank you!

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4062 posts

Sue - it takes 8-9 minutes to drive from Dürnstein to Weissenkirchen. It really doesn’t matter where you stay. Just make your pick based on reviews.

The best stretch to bike is between Spitz and Duernstein or Duernstein to Krems. I also like the south bank around Rossatz. Biking out of Melk is the least scenic stretch - no cute villages.

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Sue, take a look at the Raffelsberger Hof in Weissenkirchen. It is just off the Danube, offers lovely accommodations, and an enjoyable breakfast. A short walk to the square takes you to a sign telling you which heuriger are open that day. It has bikes for use and is a very short ride to Spitz or a nice ride to Durnstein through the vineyards. Weissenkirchen is far more peaceful than Durnstein--not such a tour bus magnet.

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Having spent about 600 days as an EU tourist, there is only one answer to your question of where to stay one night out from Vienna-- Maria Tafrl.