One of the best things about river cruising is that there is an excursion designed to fit every traveler. For the active traveler, there are biking and hiking tours. For the wine enthusiast there are tastings, and for the history lover, tours of churches and museums.
On our all included Crystal River Cruise tour of Krems, we choose a more leisurely approach.
Our excursions was a chocolate making demonstration, combined with a tasting, combined with a walking tour of town. The sampling was at Hagmann Cafe & Confectionery, where they have been making chocolate by hand since 1836.
Along with the chocolate tasting, the owner shared how the cocoa beans are roasted, processed, and then sweetened right there in the shop to produce their wonderful desserts.
A UNESCO world heritage site since 2000, the towns history dates back thousands of years, with the first city charter in 1305. The area is still known for its wine growing, specifically Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. After some leisurely exploring, we continued our cruise down the Danube.