Wachau: The region roughly refers to the stretch between Krems and Melk. The drive from Vienna to Krems takes about an hour and is advisable if you intend to stock up on wine. Alternatively, trains to Krems leave on a regular basis from the city’s Franz Josefs train station. For departure times, check www.oebb.at/en/index.jsp.
Lodging: There are plenty of hotels, inns, rooms in private homes and even camp sites to choose from. Go to bit.ly/bzT1rk to search for options that best suit you. The Landhaus Bacher in Mautern at bit.ly/9PmhTa offers a small upscale guest house where, weather permitting, visitors can enjoy a generous breakfast buffet in a shady courtyard. For rates and availability, call +43 2732 82 937. Both the Jamek (+43 2715 2235) and Holzapfel (+43 2715 2310) wineries also offer a small number rooms. More details are available on their websites, www.
weingut-jamek.at/en and www.holzapfel.at.
Bikes: There are plenty of rentals to be had for those not bringing their own set of wheels. “Rent a Wachau Bike” in Mautern – reachable at +43(0)664 214 35 12 or firstname.lastname@example.org – will deliver them to your home away from home.
Boat cruises: There are various boat cruise operators that offer an array of options. An overview can be found at bit.ly/9WjDap.
Tips: Schedule your trip from the late spring through the middle of fall since the winter months are not conducive to biking due to the weather. Last but not least: Don’t forget your padded cycling shorts and helmets.