Grein Travel Guide

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    Schloss Greinburg
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  • Schloss Greinburg
    Schloss Greinburg
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    Danube river @ Grein
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Grein Highlights

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    Inguuna says…

     Very quite and calm place even in the middle of summer 

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    Inguuna says…

     If you want to get in the castle reserve your visit 

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    balhannah says…

     Lovely old town by the Danube river! 

Grein Things to Do

  • VISIT THE TOWN SQUARE

    The Town square has a lot of historic buildings, I just can't put name to photo!Quite a few date to the 1600's, others were built in the 1800's. I liked the Volksbank which had graffito and was a very ornamental building.One of the buildings was once an old Inn, another the Boat-master's house. There is plenty of interest, and its a good place to...

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  • WATCH THE BOATS PASSING THROUGH LOCKS

    If you follow the road alongside the river from Grein to Struden, a little further on you will come to some River Locks. We stopped here for a while, as a Russian tourist boat was just about to go into the lock. We watched it come in and out, before heading to the car for our onward journey.

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  • DRIVE ALONG THE RIVER ROAD TO STRUDEN

    The morning we left Grein, we followed the Donau Bundesstrasse [3], River road for 3kms to the small town of Struden. We saw wonderful scenery as the road follows the very edge of the River.We arrived at Struden, a town as pretty as a picture, I loved it! It stretched along the river bank, as it couldn't extend in width because of the high hills...

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  • WATCH THE RIVER TRAFFIC

    Grein is a wonderful town to do this. Grein is situated on the bend of the River Danube.The river bend was known for years as the "place where death resides," as it was one of the river's most hazardous stretches until the reefs were blasted away in the late 1700s.These days, I saw plenty of water traffic making their way up and down the Danube, it...

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  • MEGGAU FOUNTAIN & OTHERS

    This fountain is located in the Town Square. It was built in 1872, to honour the Count of Meggau, who cared for the social welfare of the people of Grein.There are other old fountains built in the 1600's. If you throw coins in one of them, it is said you will return to Grein!

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  • ST. GILES PARISH CHURCH

    You won't miss seeing this Church as it has a very tall tower. Inside, the Gothic church is beautiful!The main entrance used to be situated in the tower gangway, but in 1600 there was a murder, so it was walled up. Opposite this entrance is the headstone of the former Governor of Upper Austria, "Hans Lobl" who was the owner of Greinburg and died in...

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  • RATHAUS & THEATRE

    The Rathaus was dated 1468, and the Grein Theatre, 1791, making it the oldest, still regularly used town theater in Austria. Inside are well maintained stalls, a Toilet separated only by a curtain from the auditorium, a prison, from which the prisoners could watch for the performances and much more. OPEN...1ST May to 26 October Monday to Saturday...

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  • SCHLOSS GREINBURG

    Schloss Greinburg is an impressive Castle that we couldn't miss seeing on entering Grein. Built between the years, 1488 - 1493, it is one of Austria’s oldest occupied castles. It is an architecturally beautiful, late Renaissance Castle, with an arcaded inner court which is integrated into the Gothic structure. The Castle overlooks the Danube and...

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  • Danube bicycle ride , Day 4- Grein/Melk

    The day started gray and windy. Decided was take the south shore to the city Melk. Our destination for today is Ebersdorf / Leben near Melk. A bicycle tour of about 61 km. After a strong descent from Gasthof Aumuhle to Grein (we did this with the bus and trailer) followed a difficult crossing on a busy road and then over the Danube bridge to the...

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  • Greinburg Castle

    If you drive from Vienna by Deutsche Romantikstrasse, then after Melk I recommend to stop at Grein to see Greinburg castle. Entering Grein, you can park your car near Donau and go uphill where castle is situated. There are signs, so it is impossible to go astray. I was there early in the morning and saw only two people, so it was pro, but cons was...

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  • The town square

    Every town along the Danube must have a town square. Some of them have gaudy Rathauses with glockenspiels. At Grein the square is small and functional, but yet very photogenic. Pleasant, even in the October drizzle.

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  • The Castle Courtyard

    We wandered up the hill and gained entrance to the castle courtyard but wre shut out of the interior. Can you see the stag heads peering through all the portals? One resident of this palace was a serious hunter.

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Grein Local Customs

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    by zrim Written May 1, 2003

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    For those of you who have visited my hometown page (Northfield, MN) you know that I am a patron of an establishment (pub) known as the Contented Cow. Those of us who are regulars, take a ceramic Contented Cow mug on travels around the world. We then take pictures of ourselves and the mug against a scenic and preferably well-known backdrop (think Venice canals, Big Ben, Eifel Tower etc). Since I am obtuse, I took my photo with the mug at the most obscure spot on the journey.

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    Mist Shrouded Grein

    by zrim Written May 1, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Look at the mist nestling among the hills on either side of the Danube. This type of view is what makes an early morning hike all worthwhile. To me, there is nothing more mysterious than veils of mist hugging hills in faint light. It stirs some romantic notions in me--I'm not sure I can adequately articulate the feeling, but the fog seems to prevent a clear view of the countryside, thus opening up endless possibilities for those shrouded hillsides.

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