Sankt Pölten Travel Guide

  • Fountain in St. Polten
    Fountain in St. Polten
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    Melk Abbey
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    Englische Fräulein
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Sankt Pölten Things to Do

  • THE KREMSERGASSE

    The Kremsergasse is the most important commercial street in St. Polten. A lot of the buildings are old and have lovely baroque facades, while some others are from the 19th century built in historicism style.The outstanding building in the street for me, was house no 8 at the corner of Kremsergasse & Marktgasse. The building still has the original...

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  • INTERESTING BITS & PIECES

    These very old cities are a great place to find interesting bits and pieces on buildings.My favourite happened to be the old Gate under an archway in the Monastery building. The gate was dated 1727 and was very a ornate iron gate, so I went for a closer look and found the door knobs that looked like soldiers. A walk around town and I found alcoves...

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  • TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    The tourist information centre is usually one of my early stops at any destination. Here, at St. Polten it was no different.It is very easy to find, as it's located in the Pink Rathaus in Rathausplatz. What I picked up, was the "personal city guide," which is a map of the city with important locations and toilets marked - very helpful. It gives a...

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  • RATHAUSPLATZ / PLAGUE COLUMN

    Situated in the heart of the old city of St Pölten, is the Rathausplatz, the largest square of the city. This square was created way back in 1200. During WWII, its name was changed to Adolf Hitler Square until 1955, when it became known as Rathausplatz. The Pink Rathaus blended in well with the rest of the buildings surrounding the square. Most of...

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  • DOMPLATZ HISTORIC BUILDINGS

    The first building grabbed my attention because of the large black key hanging from the building. Quite a large building that has been around since the 14th century, it was in 1750 when changed to Baroque style and a tower on the roof moved. Known as the "Gasthof of three crowns."Domplatz 7Cathedral of Assumption I have already told you about, but...

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  • SCHUBERT HOUSE

    The old part of the city of St. Polten has lots of interesting buildings. This one I came across had a relief attached to its facade of Composer, Franz Schubert. It was in this house Schubert stayed in 1821 as a guest of the Bishop. The building is decorated with a lot of stucco work and has a historic arch.If you wish to visit the interior, you...

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  • FRANCISCAN CHURCH

    Located in Rathausplatz is the Franciscan Church. Looking at it, I thought the exterior was nearly a copy of the "Our lady of Mt. Carmel Church," the only difference was this one was painted pink and the other was painted yellow! Both were former Carmelite churches, so perhaps that is why.Out of the two Churches, this is the most attractive. The...

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  • SAINT POLTEN ABBEY

    We managed to park our car in the street, then had to find our way into the old town of St. Polten.We came across the archway with a cross at the top [photo1], and were wondering if we could enter, when a person came along and walked straight in. Decision made, we would follow! This was the entrance to the Augustinian Canons. It was founded as a...

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  • ADALBERT & OTTOKAR

    Just wandering around the old town, I came across these two statues located on a corner of a building in alcoves. Names underneath stated they were Adalbert & Ottokar, but who on earth were they?It turns out Adalbert and Ottokar are two brothers who founded the huge St. Polten Monastery.

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  • ARCHAEOLOGICAL EXCAVATIONS

    In the Domplatz is a fenced off area where Archaeologists are working. What they have found are Roman remains of buildings.. Back in the 4th century, St. Polten was filled with heated stone houses where many tradesmen lived, hence the town flourished. In the 5th century, the Romans moved back to Italy. The archaeological excavations in Domplatz...

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  • HERRENPLATZ

    The Herrenplatz is where I came across the unusual fountain "Gossiping women" by sculptor Prof.Hans FreilingenIf you like markets, well come here as a small market is held around the Marian column, selling plants as well as seasonal fruits and vegetables, perhaps what I call a "Farmers Market."Market hours: Daily Market: 8- noonThe Herrenplatz is a...

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  • THE CATHEDRAL OF ASSUMPTION

    Coming across the Cathedral in the Domplatz, you may be forgiven for thinking that it wouldn't be worth going inside. I found the exterior rather plain and unassuming and did exactly wonder this.Well, lucky for me I decided to enter, as it was A MUST SEE in St. Polten.In 1784, this was a Monastery church until the dissolution of the St. Pölten...

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  • OUR LADY OF MOUNT CARMEL CHURCH

    This Catholic church was built in early Baroque in 1712. The centre of the front façade, has the Coat of Arms of the founders "Montecuculi and Colloredo" above the window. This is a ducal crown and double headed eagle that's held by two angels. Above them in an alcove, is the statue of Saint Mary of Mount Carmel Church, which bears the inscription,...

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  • MARY WARD PRIMARY SCHOOL

    Fancy a beautiful baroque building being a school! The baroque palace façade is said to be one of the most beautiful in Lower Austria.It's a Catholic school which has changed names and now is "Englische Fräulein". The founder was a English women named Mary Ward, who was born in 1585 in England. The Institute was built between 1706/07 at St. Polten,...

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  • THE RATHAUS

    The St. Polten Rathaus (Town Hall) stands at no 1 Rathausplatz. It was painted pink, a colour I didn't associate with a Rathaus, although the photo I took of it with a dark sky behind, turned out quite good! It's here where you will find the offices of the mayor, the City Senate, the municipal council and parts of the Magistrate. The Rathaus was...

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  • Libro-house

    Another wonderful example of the baroq style that is found everywhere in St. Pölten. I call this house the Libro-house, because it containes a big book, paper and Music-store called Libro. (special shopping tip!!)

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  • Dom

    The Dom, our main church, isn't very exciting from the outside. But if you take the time to have a look inside, you can admire lovely paintings, golden ornaments and baroq style architecture.

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  • Englische Fräulein-Chapel

    This picture was taken inside the little chapel of the Englische Fräulein-school. The sculpture is very famous, because thesaw in it's hands is made of pure gold...

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Sankt Pölten Hotels

  • Austria Trend Metropol

    Schillerplatz 1, Sankt Polten, 3100, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Rosenberger Motor-Hotel

    Harlander Strasse 112, Sankt Polten, 3104, Austria

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Stadthotel Hauser Eck

    3-stars and good service! The rooms are nice and light with modern furniture. There's a toilet,...

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Sankt Pölten Restaurants

  • FRESH FOOD!

    We came and stopped at St. Polten for lunch. As usual a decision had to be made on what or where to eat.We happened to find an excellent Bakery here called "Back Werk" and it was all self serve.All the food looked so fresh, and it was! With tongs and a bag, we walked around and helped ourselves to what we wanted, and made a coffee from the machine....

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  • lovely atmosphere

    a nice coffeeshop with a great arts-outfit!It offers drinks and snacks. Good by day and also to go out at night!

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  • US style pub

    The Mahattan Café is a little pub located in the Promenade-shopping mall. The local radio station is the owner and so the music is nice. You can sit around enjoy the drinks and snacks while having a rest from shopping. Great atmosphere!

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Sankt Pölten Transportation

  • On the main Vienna-Salzburg line

    St Pölten is on the Westbahn line - between Vienna and Salzburg. If you are travelling from Vienna, then you can reach St Pöten in 40 minutes on the fastest InterCity trains - non-stop - such as the train to Zurich and/or all services to Salzburg and Munich. Otherwise there are also the slower Regionalzug (regional train services - their numbers...

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  • by bike

    In St. Pölten you can find a lot of very nice bicycle paths. You can rent a bike at the train-station and bike around the whole town easily. You'll see, it's very nice, and you won't miss any of the must-sees!

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  • by train

    You can easily reach my hometown by train from Vienna in about 3/4 of an hour. You'll arrive at our main station (picture) and find yourself here directly in the City Center.

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Sankt Pölten Shopping

  • Pedestrian zone - shopping with baroque...

    It is Austria's second oldest pedestrian zone with a great flair. Most of the shops are located in Baroque or Jugendstil (art nouveau) buildings. It reaches from the central station to the tawnhall and the cathedral. Many cafes and restaurants invite to a nice break. Dont miss the market days at the cathedral! You can buy everything - from shoes,...

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  • Vis a Vis

    An outdoor Shopping center just next to the Traisenpark shopping mall. Sportin goods, toys, shoes, clothes, cosmetics, .......and there is a Mc Donalds restaurant with drive through! quite cheap

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  • everything you desire

    It's the biggest shopping mall in St. Pölten with 70 shops, 10 restaurants and an ice-skating-hall.Shopping in the city center is nice, but when the weather is bad, this is the perfect place to spend your afternoon. Here you get everything: shoes, clothes, crafts, gifts, stationary, food,.... Most shops are quite cheap, only some more expensive...

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Sankt Pölten Off The Beaten Path

  • VISIT MELK AND ITS ABBEY

    Located just 28kms from St. Polten is the beautiful town of Melk and its fantastic Abbey. Melk can be reached by car or by a very regular Train. The scenery around this area is beautiful and there are many castles, ruins, villages and the Danube River.It is well worth the visit, just take a look at my Melk pages.Melk Abbey was founded in 1089 when...

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  • art at the wall

    Keep your eyes open when you walk through St. Poelten. You will find art everywhere. Many walls and buildings are decorated with paintings of famous artists. This is a very nice one telling about the hard work people in Austria had to do after the second world war to build up their houses and towns.

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  • Wiener Straße

    This street leads from the city center to the modern Landhaus district. Along it you can find some shops and restaurans.

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Sankt Pölten Sports & Outdoors

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    by PetraG Written Jan 16, 2006

    The Ratzersdorfer See ("See" means lake) is a small, but lovely little lake in the north of the city. We call it our "sea", because in summer there is a lot of beach activity there. Most inhabitants like to go there for swimming or sports activities like Beach-Volleyball, Beach-Soccer, Soccer, Mini-Golf, or just having a nice walk. It's a perfect place for meeting friends and refresh on a hot summer day. You don't pay any entrance fee, just 2 EUR per car for parking in the huge parking lot.

    In winter when the temperatures are below zero for a week or so, the water freezes quite thick (about 14 - 20 cm thick) and it's perfect for iceskating or playing icehockey. Many inhabitants go there on nice winter weekends to spend their time on the ice.

    Equipment: You don't have to bring food or drinks with you, because in summer there are stands that sell everything you desire. There are also two restaurants on both ends of the lake that are opend the whole year long.

    Ratzersdorfer See in winter playing hockey on the lake Frozen Ratzersdorfer See

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Sankt Pölten Favorites

  • PUBLIC TOILETS

    When travelling around the countryside by car, it is when we hit the towns that we need to find a Public Toilet.You will find them in the Domplatz. They are well signed and for English speakers, a white WC on a green background is what to look out for.Once again, you have to walk downstairs and underground for the Toilets.Surprise - FREE!!

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  • Festivals

    St. Pölten is a party-town. There isn't much action here, but when there is a festival everyone is dancing in the streets...We've got festivals and feasts the whole year through - summer and winter. There are stages, bands playing, discos, stands, ... and a lot of music and fun!! The most famous ones are:City-Festival (2 days): beginning of July -...

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  • Rathausplatz

    The main place of the city is just adorable. It's surrounded by the baroq church of San Franciscus, the City Hall and lots of nice baroq houses. Many restaurants and cafes offer places to sit in the open air. A lot of events are held here:Easter and xmas market, City festival at first weekend of July,Film and Culture Festival in Augustand many...

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