Besides Krems, 2 other nearby towns in the Wachau region which you must visit are Melk and Durnstein. Melk is well-known for its Benedictine Abbey of Melk (Stift Melk) and Durnstein is a lovely town along the Danube with historical buildings and streets, as well as a castle to top of a hill where King Richard the Lionheart of England was onced...more
There are several other castles and historical sites in the Wachau area, besides those stated in my VT Krems, Melk and Durnstein pages. It is possible to visit all of them if you have at least a few days to 1 week to spend at the Wachau area.To summarise, those covered at my VT Krems, Melk and Durnstein pages include:- Benedictine Abbey of Melk...more
The Aggstein Castle (Burg Aggstein) is located on a hill overlooking the entire Danube Valley. It was built in the 12th century by the Kuenringer family. This castle was once known as "robber barons" and is said to have imprisoned their enemies on a ledge of rock where the captives face starvation. The views of the surrounding sceneries from this...more
The wall of the old town area of Krems is still well-preserved, so are the many historical buildings of this lovely area. To enjoy the entire area, you will need to spend a few hours but it is worth it. You can consider staying 1-2 days here.If you are on a day trip to cover several places in Wachau, then you may not have time to see the entire old...more
Attached here are more photographs of the old town area of Krems, some more photographs are at the travelogue section of this VT page.Other attractions of Krems outside the old town area are:- Karikaturmuseum (Museum of Austrian and international figures)- Kunsthalle (the town's art centre)- Weingut der Stadt Krems (wine tasting and purchasing...more
Krems an der Donau is one of the bigger towns of the Wachau region with a history dating back to over 1000 years. The main highlight of Krems must be the old town area which surrounded by walls and gates. The main gate of Krems old town is the Steinertor with its impressive tall tower and architecture dating back to the 15th century. The old town...more
The famous Danube River runs through the Wachau area of Austria, passing by numerous towns including Krems, Durnstein (see my VT Durnstein page) and Melk (see my VT Melk page). Either by road or by ferries, the Danube River is not far away from your sight. One of the best places to view the Danube River from the top is at the Aggstein Castle (Burg...more
The Grafenegg Castle (Schloss Grafenegg) is located about 10km east of Krems. This is an interesting castle because it looks more like an English castle than an Austrian castle. It was built in gothic style by Leopold Ernst in the mid-19th century and surrounded by a dry moat. Besides the castle itself, the surrounding garden area is very beautiful...more
Stift Gottweig (Gottweig Abbey) is situated on a hill about 6km south of Krems on the way back to Vienna. This abbey was founded in 1083 and given the Benedictine Order in 1094. The abbey is of baroque architecture due to re-building work that took place after a fire in the early 18th century.One of the highlights of this abbey is the beautiful...more
Schillerstrasse 5, Krems, 3500, Austria
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Edmund-Hofbauer-Strasse 19, Krems, Danube Valley, Austria
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Low price and good accomodation. Free internet access (no downloads!). Price 42 EUR per room (not...more
When you are visiting Aggstein Castle (Burg Aggstein), you can stop by and have a meal or drink at the Ottakringer located within the castle. During June 2007, Michael (VT member globetrott), my wife and I tried the Austrian dish "Brettljause" consisting of various hams and cheese. We also tried the soups and had a few bottles of Almdudler (a...more
All along the Wachau and around are many good and famous restaurants but one should not miss to visit a "Heurigen". "Heuriger" is originally the name of the youngest wine. According to an about 250 years old law farmers growing wine are allowed to sell their wine and other products they made themselves at their places and pay lower taxes for that....more
I was invited by one of my good friends to Landhaus Bacher (in Mautern) in May 2004 as a treat for my birthday. My friend read that Landhaus Bacher is the "holy grail" of all wining and dining places in the Wachau area. We discovered that this is a fine-dining restaurant and boutique hotel for the "Geniesser," which translates as "gourmet" or...more
Irish pub. That explains a lot but not all... Meeting point for foreigners as Irish pubs are everywhere. International town, as Krems is, this is very popular place among exchange students and local students. Always someone to talk to.
Nice selection of drinks and little bit of snack for little hunger. Mostly Irish music, of course...
And last but not least... Very friendly staff!
Opens at 6 pm.
Caisleán óir in Krems was my air hole during my 4,5 months stay there. Thanks to Mike, J, ... & co.
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If you can cycle, there is a good cycling path network in the Wachau region for spending a few days cycling in the region. This cycling path network includes Krems as well. During my trip in June 2007, I saw a lot of people doing cycling trips around the region, probably because of the nice weather of summer :)more
Driving to Krems and surrounding Wachau region by car is a good way to explore this area. The road conditions are good, with stunning sceneries of the hills, Danube River, lovely towns, vineyards, castles etc. It takes about 2 hours drive North-west of Vienna to reach the Wachau area. After passing by some flat land area outside Vienna and crossing...more
One way of going to Krems and surrounding Wachau area is by a cruise along the Danube River (most tourists will visit the Wachau region by this way because it is a packaged day trip). The good thing is that everything is arranged and you get to cruise along the river, and visiting places like Melk. But the downside is that these sort of trip is...more
Wachau is not only famous for its landscape and its wines. In areas where the soil is less favourable for wine apricots (in "Austrian German" called "Marillen", dont forget, the German spoken in Austria differs sometimes noticeably from the one spoken in Germany, this is even valid for the written language - you might get them even cheaper if you...more
The most economic and charming way to purchase a larger quantity of wine in Austria is always right at the farmsteads of the producers. It is advisable to call ahead and the commented tasting is often a great experience itself. The most popular wine here is the "Gruener Veltliner" but also Riesling, Welschriesling (all white) and Zweigelt (red)...more
Almost nobody is visiting this area without tasting the great wines. If you are visiting the area by car it is wise to plan an overnight stay in the area because it is very hard to limit the wine tasting to the small quantity which keeps the alcohol content in the blood below 0,5 promille which are the limit for a criminal offence when driving in...more
The ****hotel "Am Förthof" isn't worth a single cent! It doesn't keep it's promises and offers an incredible poor price-performance ratio.I had to share my room (71 EUR!) with bugs and spider nests. Furthermore you'll have to walk to the city center for more than 1/2 an hour.more
The Wachau is the touristic hot spot, of course. But if you have a little more time you should not miss to visit the nearby Langenlois at the southern end of the Kamptal valley. The Kamptal area is a far bigger wine producing area than the Wachau and its wines can very well compete with the Wachau. The river Kamp, a contributary of the Danube,...more
Just around Krems there are a lot of small local vineyards, which as with most Austrian vineyards are something which a lot of people do not realise are really worth a visit as they offer very reasonably priced young white wines. Generally wines are not grown for the export market, as the production levels are not really high enough to make export...more
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Cycling along rivers is always quite popular, it is mostly scenic and goes in principle slightly downstream which makes it very comfortable.
In ancient times boats were pulled upstream by horses and even people and the paths for that purpose are still existing and have been adapted for an excellent scenic cycling directly along the river ("Treppelweg"). And in reasonable weather hundreds of cyclists do that every day, in total it is estimated about 150.000 cyclists per aear - and there are attractive stops for sightseeings and "Heurige" for getting wine (or even grape juice) and good snacks almost everywhere.
On the way from the Wachau region back to Vienna, Michael (VT member globetrott) drove my wife and I up the the hill to visit the famous Stift Gottweig (Gottweig Abbey). When we reached the abbey, it was sunset time and we managed to witness the beautiful sunset at the Wachau region of Austria. It was a romantic moment for me and my wife :)more
Personally, I think summer would be a good season to visit Krems and Wachau area because of the warmer weather, flowers, greenery and also to make use of the longer daylight hours because of the travelling distances within Wachau as well as from Vienna.Also, most of the attractions will be opened during summer. In order to minimise the crowds, it...more
There is a big and impressive map of the old town area of Krems before you enter it. It marks out all the famous spots within the old town area.If you want to explore the entire old town of Krems, it will take several hours but it is worth it because of the beauty of the town's architecture.more