Krems an der Donau

Krems an der Donau is the eastern gateway to the Wachau Valley, one of Europe's loveliest river landscapes. It is also one of the oldest cities in the land. This history extending back more than a thousand years is evident everywhere - in the streets and squares, in the old monasteries and churches, in the town houses and fortifications.

The historical centre of Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Over the centuries, builders and architects have created a unique cityscape here that has been lovingly cared for and preserved. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. In 1975 Krems was singled out as a "Model City for Historical Preservation" and in 2000 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. With all this history, you might think that the city is dominated by the past. In reality, Krems is very open to modern life: Contemporary art and culture play an important role here, adding variety and energy to public areas throughout the city.

Enjoying the Arts and Culture

A visit to Krems is always worthwhile. The centres of Krems and Stein are dominated by historical buildings which put a unique stamp on these cities. It was this uniqueness that prompted the UNESCO to add Krems to its World Heritage List. Despite this rich history, Krems is anything but stodgy and old-fashioned. It is very much open to new and modern ideas. Furthermore, the city has a diverse calendar of events as a festival venue. The city wine museum, housed in one of the most beautiful monasteries in the land, has a tranquil and relaxing atmosphere. Krems also has a Arts Mile featuring the Caricature Museum, Kunsthalle Krems, the Lower Austrian Literature Center and a number of other culture institutions with a diverse line-up of special events.

Wine

With its more than 1000-year history, Krems is an age-old witness to Austria's rich winemaking tradition. In tracing the city's history of back through time, we pass through the Middle Ages to the Roman and Celtic Eras and beyond to the Early Stone Age. The cultivation of grapes and winemaking have been closely linked to the settlement of the Krems region since time immemorial. Lovers of good wine enjoy ready access to the cellars of Krems winemakers, the Heurige (as the wine taverns of eastern Austria are called) and the wine tasting shops run by top quality wineries, and of course, to the city's own wine estate.

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MELK in the Wachau Region

Rich history, extraordinary wealth of cultural heritage and amazing opportunities for enjoyment. The picturesque landscapes, the alternating rhythms between narrow stretches and wide expanses of vineyards and orchards have been fascinating visitors from all over the world. And continued to inspire thinkers and artists alike, making this region a preferred meeting point for connoisseurs.

The Wachau, a wine growing area renowned throughout the world, begins just where the magnificent baroque Abbey Melk arises on the southern bank; it is also a pleasure garden, and one of the most beautiful river valleys. In 2000, the Wachau was declared part of the UNESCO World heritage. This unique work of art, in its entirety, extends up to the city of Krems 40 km downstream.

Abbey of Melk

Splendid baroque abbey of the Benedictine monks in an impressive location. The monastic library and the marble hall with frescoes by Paul Trogers are world famous. Also worth seeing are the abbey church with the cupola, and the abbey museum with multimedia information. The parks belonging to the abbey were laid in 1750 as a baroque extension, and replanted into an English landscape garden in 1822, and revitalised in 1995. Boasts of a paradise garden, house garden with medicinal and aromatic plants as well as spices and herbs, baroque garden pavilion, historical water pond and fireplace. Children narrate the story of creation in ‘talking stones’.

Other important sights in the municipality of Melk include: "House on the stone," "Old Post", "House at the Stone", the Old Forest House, pharmacy, bread shop, hydroelectric power station Melk, the Main Square, church, ship master's house, Spielberger Cross and the City of Fountain.

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Vienna

Vienna is a city with a very high quality of life, a feature that is highly appreciated by the many visitors who come to the Austrian capital. Enjoy the multitude of sights, leisure activities, events and attractions as well as the Viennese cuisine and much more in the city and get inspired.

Sightseeing

There is much to see: From Gothic St. Stephen’s Cathedral to the Imperial Palace to the Art Nouveau splendor of the Secession, from the magnificent baroque palace Schönbrunn to the Museum of Fine Arts to modern architecture at the MuseumsQuartier. Record-breaking: In Vienna, there are over 27 castles and more than 150 palaces.

Events, Music & Stage Shows

Vienna is the world’s capital of music — The Vienna Philharmonic and the Vienna Boys’ Choir set the international tone, while the State Opera House and the Golden Hall at the Musikverein are among the world’s leading venues. Traditional strengths endure to this day — the Vienna sound pioneered by local DJs enjoys worldwide popularity.

Lifestyle & Scene

Vienna is a city of many facets. Trendy clubs, "young" galleries, modern architecture and stylish shops are as much Vienna as the state opera, concert halls, the large museums, the splendid buildings and the nostalgic shops.

Wining & Dining

Coffeehouse
The Viennese coffee house is known around the globe for its informal pleasantness. Traditional cafés entice with a wide variety of coffee drinks, international newspapers and pastry creations. Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Viennese wine & 'Heurige'
Vienna is the only metropolis in the world that grows enough wine within city limits to be worth mentioning. 700 hectares of vineyards shape Vienna’s cityscape and lifestyle. Enjoy a glass in The real Viennese “heurige” or wine taverns.

Shopping

Shopping streets and pedestrian zones offer luxury goods and good values – at jeweler’s shops as well as antique stores, art stores, and fashion designer boutiques. Between flagship stores and shopping palaces, you can discover many things.

Green Vienna

More than half of the metropolitan area is made up of green spaces. 280 imperial parks and gardens enrich the cityscape. In spring, 400 species of rose bloom in the Volksgarten alone. The nearby recreation areas of Prater, Vienna Woods and Lobau invite visitors to go on walks, day trips, hikes and bicycle tours. Vienna has a total of 2,000 parks.