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Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) - as the name implies - is a federal state of Austria.
- Retzer Land — a small wine region
- Schneeberg (German for Snow Mountain) is the highest mountain in Lower Austria - on clear days it can be seen from Vienna and even Bratislava. A rack and pinion railway eliminates one hour of hiking to the top of the summit.
- Wachau — inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2000
- Wiener Neustadt
- Semmering the best known alpine resort in eastern Austria and the closest to Vienna.
German is the most common language that is spoken in Lower Austria. A Lower Austrian dialect is difficult to understand - even for native German speakers - but a pure dialect is rare. Most locals understand a little English.
- Trains to St. Pölten and Amstetten leave Vienna every 10 to 30 minutes from Westbahnhof and Wien Hütteldorf. The "Westbahn" (Lit. West train) is a high-speed train that can take you to St. Pölten in less than 30 minutes. Local trains that go to other smaller destinations (Regional trains and "S-bahn" trains) can be found in almost every train station in Vienna.
- Buses leave to many small communities in Lower Austria in major subway/train stops.
- Take the A22 to the S5. The S5 will take you to eastern Lower Austria.
- The A1 goes directly to St. Pölten, Amstetten and Melk.
- The E59 goes into Southern Lower Austria and into Styria.
By Foot or CycleEdit
- There's a pontoon bridge accessible only to pedestrians and cyclists just south of the Austrian-Czech-Slovak three country border, between Hohenau an der March (Austria) and Moravský Svätý Ján (Slovakia). The way goes through flat countryside, is very calm and can be conveniently done by bike. Its length is approximately 6 kilometers, of which the 4 kilometers on the Slovak part are a completely straight invariable landscape which may feel somewhat boring.
- The urban traffic company of Bratislava (DPB) runs a cross-border bus line no. 901 between Hainburg an der Donau (Austria) and Bratislava (Slovakia), with a stop also in the Austrian town of Wolfsthal. In Bratislava, the terminus is the stop Nový most.
- There's a pontoon ferry accessible to car-drivers and pedestrians between Angern an der March (Austria) and Záhorská Ves (Slovakia). Open from five o'clock to twenty two o'clock.
Almost every small community in Lower Austria has a train station within 10km of it. It is a long wait - in relatively secluded areas you may have to wait a few hours - but almost all trains stop in major cities (Such as Amstetten or St. Pölten), where connections to Vienna are possible.
Buses go everywhere, but they are also a long wait (up to an hour in some secluded towns).
Going by car is the most efficient way possible, but it may be difficult to find a parking spot in some areas.
- Mostviertel is a hilly region of Austria with lots of beautiful countryside. Is especially pretty in mid April when trees bloom. ´Most´ is a form of cider that is grown here from pears and apples.
Lower Austria has no crime at all, except for a few pickpocketing incidents (Usually near train stations). Take special care when visiting Shopping City Süd, as car theft and pickpocketing has been reported over there - but simply locking your car should deter thieves.
Believe it or not, southeastern Lower Austria occasionally gets Tornados in the summer. These tornadoes are very, VERY rare, but very big storms can actually trigger them. The most recent tornado happened in July 2017. In 1916, a Tornado in Austria killed 35 people and injured 328 people. Many people do not know what to do in a Tornado (since they happen rarely). See Tornado Safety. Most storms are accompanied with hail, although the hail is never larger than a few millimeters in size.