JenSop: The Singing Traveler!

Idealist. Dreamer. Singer. Explorer.

Dürnstein, Austria


So far this season, we’ve made a couple stops in the little Austrian town of Dürnstein, located right along the side of the Danube River. It’s beautifully picturesque and offers some fantastic vistas. On one of our stops, I hiked up to the old castle ruins, located on the hillside up above the town. From this vantage point, you can get some truly wonderful views of the surrounding countryside and the village below. There are two ways up – the easier way and the challenging way. (The easier way involves a road that takes you up the incline gradually, while the more challenging way takes you up the ancient staircase that was built into the hillside in days long gone by.)


In the village, you can purchase some of the local specialties, including wine, spirits (try the apricot liqueur), and candies. The area is especially known for its wines.


Here are some photos of Dürnstein – from my hiking day, and from some of the times we’ve simply just sailed past it. Enjoy!

(Edited to add some new photos from today in Dürnstein!)



Author: JenSop

One of my favorite quotes is, "If your dreams don't scare you, they're not big enough." I guess I've been a dreamer all my life - I set my sights high and then I try to reach the sky. Some might call me a naive idealist, but that's just the way I am. I believe in always taking the high road, I believe in true love, and I believe in treating people the way you want to be treated. If you put good out into the world, good will come back to you! Being the dreamer that I am, I pursued singing as my primary life's calling - I've got two degrees in classical voice under my belt, and I sing just about anything under the sun. I also love a good adventure. Over the past few years, I've done quite a bit of world traveling, and have even lived abroad for stretches at a time: mostly in Vienna (Austria) and Croatia. A few years ago, I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, and I became a travel agent who specializes in Disney vacations. (Seriously, I KNOW Disney - I've been going regularly since I was a little girl - and I LOVE it!) And with all my experience traveling and living in Europe, I'm becoming quite the specialist in that travel category as well. (And last year, I started working as a Tour Director in Central Europe!) As to the other juicy details of my life - I'm originally from Pennsylvania, I'm married to an awesome Croatian man named Miloš who is the BEST adventure partner a girl could ask for. (He's also an expert on knowing how to make me smile.) He's truly the love of my life! I've also had all kinds of other jobs along the way, besides singer and travel pro. (Which is pretty standard for those of us who went to school for music.) I've worked part time weekends as a Disney Princess look-alike for children's parties. I've been teaching for almost 20 years, and have lots of experience in retail and customer service. Oh, and I should also probably mention that I'm a huge Lord of the Rings/Star Trek nerd! :-) Let's all go along for an adventure, shall we?

3 thoughts on “Dürnstein, Austria

  1. Really enjoy reading your blog about living in Europe. I have also read your trip reports on Disboards(a Princess and a Croatian). Hope you post another when you and Milos return to WDW. Congrats on your upcoming marriage.

    • Thanks so much Robert! I’m actually finally working on getting a trip report together from when Milos and I were in Disney this past November. Haha! It’s taking a little longer than I expected, but it’s always quite the undertaking putting one together. (Although, crazy me actually really enjoys it!) Hoping to have it up and posted before THIS November’s trip! 😉

  2. Pingback: Bicycling Along the Danube Through the Wachau Valley | JenSop: The Singing Travel Agent!

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