Krems an der Donau is the eastern gateway to the
Wachau Valley, one of Europe's loveliest river landscapes. It is also one of the
oldest cities in the land. This history extending back more than a thousand
years is evident everywhere - in the streets and squares, in the old monasteries
and churches, in the town houses and fortifications.
The historical center of Krems is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Over the
centuries, builders and architects have created a unique cityscape here that has
been lovingly cared for and preserved. These efforts have not gone unnoticed. In
1975 Krems was singled out as a "Model City for Historical Preservation" and in
2000 it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. With all this history, you
might think that the city is dominated by the past. In reality, Krems is very
open to modern life: Contemporary art and culture play an important role here,
adding variety and energy to public areas throughout the city.
A visit to Krems is always worthwhile. The centers of Krems and Stein are
dominated by historical buildings which put a unique stamp on these cities. It
was this uniqueness that prompted the UNESCO to add Krems to its World Heritage
List. Despite this rich history, Krems is anything but stodgy and old-fashioned.
It is very much open to new and modern ideas.
Main sights: Rathaus, Pfarrkirche St. Veit, Bürgerspitalkirche, G?glhaus,
Gozzoburg, Piaristenkirche, Pulverturm, Dominikanerkirche, Gro?es Sgraffitohaus,
Simandlbrunnen, Dreifaltigkeitss?ule, Steiner Tor: The gate, erected in 1480, is
the only remaining medieval gate.