From the magnificent abbey to the romantic cellar lane, from the Karikaturmuseum to the forest adventure world – there is plenty awaiting discovery in the Kremstal!
Directly across the Danube from Krems, situated on a hill and visible from afar, the Benedictine Göttweig Abbey appears like a magnificent palace complex. The extraordinary baroque construction impresses not only from a distance, but also when visiting the site – here in particular, the monumental Kaiserstiege (probably the most imposing staircase in Austria), Paul Troger’s frescoes, the abbey church, and the museum in the imperial wing.
The Old Town of Krems
Krems is not only one of the oldest, but also one of the most beautiful cities in the state of Niederösterreich. No other municipality has such similarly rich & diverse historical substance to it. Medieval streets and historically noteworthy buildings from the late Gothic, Renaissance & Baroque periods abound in the old town. Romantic arcade courtyards, sociable cafés and cozy locals with outdoor dining invite you to stroll & linger. Krems has been awarded the Europa Nostra diploma, one of the most prestigious international awards, for its exemplary renovation of the old town. Also well worth seeing: the old town of the district Stein – quieter, more romantic and equipped with even more Heurigen than the old town in Krems.
State Gallery of Niederösterreich
The Landesgalerie Niederösterreich, the new centrepiece of the Krems Museum Mile, is a dynamic exhibition space for Austrian art. It combines the holdings of Niederösterreich’s state collections with important private collections and addresses contemporary questions with themed & personalised exhibitions.
The Kunsthalle Krems is the international exhibition centre for contemporary art in Niederösterreich. It displays art after 1945, with a focus on the contemporary. The Kunsthalle Krems is an institution that offers both established and avant-garde idioms from Austria and elsewhere an expansive platform on which innovative, cross-media, current society and art-specific contributions are navigated.
Unique in Austria, the Krems ‘Caricature Museum’, located directly opposite the Kunsthalle, is dedicated to caricature, pictorial satire, critical graphics & cartoons. In addition to the permanent exhibition of Manfred Deix’s work, it displays changing exhibitions by domestic and internationally renowned caricaturists & draftsmen.
Forum Frohner on the Minoritenplatz in Krems-Stein presents the work of the great native Niederösterreich artist Adolf Frohner (1934–2007, in thematic exhibitions & artistic comparisons with national & international artists.
This palace on the Hohen Markt in Krems is one of the most important early Gothic buildings in Niederösterreich. The living & working palace, which was built in the 13th century, was named after a former citizen and city judge of Krems and can now be viewed on guided tours. Highlights of the tour include the coat of arms hall, and above all the monumental frescoes dating from the Middle Ages.
In the centre of historic downtown Krems, in the former Dominican monastery on Körnermarkt, Museumkrems offers visitors varied and entertaining insights into history and life in the more than thousand-year-old city on the Danube. In addition, exhibitions by contemporary artists can be seen in the ‘Modern Gallery’ and current works by artists related to Krems in the ‘Library Gallery’.
The former Minorite Church in Krems-Stein has now become the venue for interesting concerts, hosting the festivals Imago Dei, Kontraste, Glatt & Verkehrt & Donaufestival. In addition, modern sound installations of an international standard can be heard & experienced here.
Sandgrube 13 wein.sinn
Austria’s biggest producer of Qualitätswein, Winzer Krems, invites its visitors to a special wine tour at the company’s headquarters: at eight stations – including a scented film, a multimedia presentation & three wine tastings – visitors can experience the wine of Krems from its most attractive angles.
Cellar Lanes of the Kremstal
These treasures of wine’s cultural heritage – which worldwide can only be found in Niederösterreich – are a must for every oenophile visitor. More than a hundred cellar lanes have been dug into the ground in the neighbourhood of Krems. The reason for this is the soil called loess, which consists of fine, highly compressed sand, therefore offering little resistance to the shovel. Here one can also visit some of the most beautiful cellar lanes: with 2.1 km of unprecedented length and seventy cellar-houses in Rohrendorf, branched out extravagantly in Gedersdorf, with great views in Rehberg, or of a colourful nature in Höbenbach. For most of the year the cellar lanes are idyllic oases of unhurried ease. But when the cellar lane festivals that take place from June to September begin, the quiet times are over. Cellar doors open up and the treasures stored behind them are presented for inspection & sampling. In addition, home-style cooking is served: sometimes hearty dishes, sometimes refined delicacies from the winegrowers’ kitchens. Most of the hustle & bustle prevails at the big festivals in the better-known lanes such as in Rohrendorf, Höbenbach, Rehberg, Stratzing, Thallern or in the Kremser Leithen. There are high times here with wine tastings, special delicacies and music – to then fall back into picturesque silence for another year.
Senftenberg Castle Ruins
This historic castle, built right into the rocks, watches over the wine village of Senftenberg and the Krems River Valley, which is quite narrow here. The sensitively renovated structure from the Middle Ages offers a magnificent view of the Kremstal. Guided tours & wine tastings are offered by appointment.
In Paudorf, at the foot of the Göttweiger Berg, an educational forest trail leads to the arboretum with its more than fifty species of trees, including rarities from all over the world. The highlights of the tour – in the truest sense of the word – are the sequoia trees forty metres tall, the seeds of which were brought from California by a dignitary from Göttweig Abbey and planted around 1880.