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Krems an der Donau is a riverside town in the Danube's Wachau Valley tourist region of Lower Austria.


Krems, along with neighboring cities Stein, Egelsee, Dürnstein and Spitz an der Donau are known for their world class wine production as well as their proximity to the Danube.

Get in[edit]

By train[edit]

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From the west take the regional train (Regionalzug, denoted by big R) from St. Pölten (usually every 30-50 min. every hour) to Krems.

All other directions regional (express) (Regionalexpress, denoted by a big REX) train from Vienna's Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof, Spittalau (U4, U6) or Heiligenstadt (U4) station which takes about one hour and leaves every hour.

By car[edit]

From west: Highway A1 (Westautobahn) to Melk, B3 through Wachau. From South/East: Highway S33 from St. Pölten or A22/S5 from Vienna From North: B37 via Zwettl or through the Kamptal/Horn

Get around[edit]

There is a city bus system though with limited and serpentine routes. The city and its neighbors are all very accessible by foot and it's no more than a two hour walk from one end to the other.

See[edit][add listing]

Historic town centers of Krems and Stein. In particular:

  • Steiner Tor (City gate, 15th century), Obere Landstraße.  edit
  • Kunstmeile Krems (Various art and culture sites, among them:), [1].  edit
    • Kunsthalle Krems (Art Exhibitions), Franz-Zeller-Platz 3, [2].  edit
    • Karikatur Museum (Caricature museum - (German knowledge helpful!)), Steiner Landstraße 3, [3].  edit
    • Filmgalarie (Movie Museum and Independent Cinema).  edit
  • Weinstadmuseum (City and Wine Museum).  edit
  • Gozzoburg (Innercity Castle, Museum), Hoher Markt 11, [4].  edit
  • Winzer Krems (Tour the Vinery, wine tasting), (Sandgrube 13).  edit
  • Burgruine Senftenberg (Senftenberg castle ruin), Kirchenberg 12, 3541 Senftenberg, [5]. Free.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

There are a number of bike trails along the Danube, the town tourist bureau has numerious listings. Tour the monastery. Hike through the mountains and vineyards. Tour the winery.

Buy[edit][add listing]

The area is known for its wine which is available at reduced tariffs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

There are a number of restaurants in town serving the typical Austrian fare. Consider the local traditional eateries called "Heuriger", which offer inexpensive dinner and nice wines in a relaxed atmosphere.

Drink[edit][add listing]

As with the entire region there are a number of wonderful Heurigen (wine bars) in the area. The Piano in Stein offers beer from Austria, Germany and Czech Republic with a focus on beer from the near-by Waldviertel.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

There's a number of guest houses in the area, such as the following.

  • Gastezimmer Kleine Mühle, Reisperbachtalstrasse 50 (+43 676 688 77 89) is in the neighboring town of Stein. It's a wonderfully renovated old mill with a personable proprietor and wonderful breakfast (35 €/night).
  • Bicycle Youth Hostel, Ringstraße 77, +43-2732-83452, [6]. A Youth Hostel mostly used by bikers. Neat, cheap and near the city centre.  edit

For a comprehensive list see Krems - Tourism (german and english) [7]

Get out[edit]

  • Visit the Wachau Valley, situated between Krems and Melk (40 km upstream), which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Noteable places include:

    • Göttweig and Melk monastery
    • Dürnstein, a medival castle/ruins which served as a prison for Richard Lionheart (Richard I of England), city walls, monastery
    • Wine towns Spitz and Weissenkirchen and the nearby
    • Ruins of Hinterhaus, a 1000 year old ruins
    • Aggstein Castle

Most of the Wachau (except Aggstein) can be reached by the local train Krems-Spitz or by bike on the Danube cycle track (Donauradweg). Göttweig is at the train station Krems-St.Pölten line and Melk at the Westbahn.

In summer many tourist boats operate in the Wachau. The biggest and most visible boat companies are DDSG (Donaudampschifffahrtsgesellschaft) and Brandner, but they are not necessarily the cheapest. MS Stadt Wien is a popular alternative among locals (weekends only).

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