Just a one-hour ride from Vienna by train, Krems is a delightful, remarkably well-preserved medieval town in the Danube Valley. Its success as the centre of the Danube trading route peaked in the 13th-16th centuries, but the town was plundered during the 30 Year War in the 17th century and never regained its commercial status. Unlike in many other Austrian towns, the 17th-18th century baroque architecture hasn't really taken root in Krems, which explains why the town still charms visitors with its unique medieval character. Start exploring Krems at Landstraße, the city's main pedestrian promenade filled with cafés, restaurants and souvenir shops, then stop by at the Town Hall (Rathaus) and wander around the town's numerous small squares, cobbled streets and narrow alleys. Visit the magnificent Parish Church, one of only a few churches in town with the baroque interior, then continue on to the Dominican Monastery with its museum dedicated to the area's long-standing tradition of winemaking. Krems also has a more modern part, just beyond the Steiner Gate, where the relatively new Danube University adds a younger fresher touch to this otherwise very historic town. Getting there: Hourly trains to Krems/Donau leave from Vienna's Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof (Tram D from the Opera House). One-way fare is €13.90.