Top things to do in Lower Austria

Top Choice Abbey in Melk

Stift Melk

Of the many abbeys in Austria, Stift Melk is the most famous. Possibly Lower Austria's finest, the monastery church dominates the complex with its twin spires and high octagonal dome. The interior is baroque gone ba…
Top Choice Museum in Baden bei Wien

Arnulf Rainer Museum

Located inside the former Frauenbad (Women’s Bathhouse) near the tram terminus, this interesting museum showcases the work of its namesake Arnulf Rainer, who was born in Baden in 1929. A recalcitrant art school drop…
Top Choice Winery in Langenlois

Weingut Hirsch

Johannes Hirsch and his family make some of Austria's most elegant and uncompromising wines. Grapes are grown using biodynamic farming methods, picked by hand and, uniquely for this region, soft pruned; wine is a fr…
Top Choice Austrian in Krems an der Donau

Zum Kaiser von Österreich

The 'Emperor of Austria' is one of Krems' most well-loved upmarket restaurants. Interiors recall a hunting lodge, which sets the scene for menus that are built around the region's bounty of game, from deer to pheasa…
Top Choice Austrian in Dürnstein

Restaurant Loibnerhof

Situated 1.5km east of Dürnstein’s centre, this family-run restaurant inside a Biedermeiered 400-year-old vaulted cellar serves up creative takes on Waldviertel cooking. In summer, there are tables out in the family…
Top Choice Gallery in Krems an der Donau

Forum Frohner

Part of Krems' Kunsthalle network, this contemporary white cube is named after the artist Adolf Frohner and is housed in the former Minorite monastery. It has an impressive calendar of conceptual work, both internat…
Monastery in Krems an der Donau

Stift Göttweig

Founded in 1083, the abbey was devastated by fire in the early 18th century and so sports an impressive baroque interior. Still a working monastery today, aside from the sublime view back across the Danube Valley fr…
National Park in March-Donauland

Nationalpark Donau-Auen

Nationalpark Donau-Auen is a thin strip of natural flood plain on either side of the Danube, running from Vienna to the Slovak border. Established as a national park in 1997, it was the culmination of 13 years of pr…
Square in St Pölten

Rathausplatz

Situated in the heart of St Pölten, Rathausplatz is a pretty town square lined with cafes and eye-catching pastel-coloured buildings. It is dominated by the Rathaus on its southern side, which has a baroque facade (…
Cathedral in Wiener Neustadt

Dom

This cathedral runs an architectural gauntlet from the Romanesque (it dates from the late 13th century) to the Gothic and beyond to the baroque. The simplicity of the facade and clear lines are striking from the out…