St Pölten attractions

Square in St Pölten


The Rathausplatz is a pretty town square lined with cafes and eye-catching pastel-coloured buildings. It is dominated by the Rathaus (town hall) on its southern side, which has a baroque facade (1727) designed by Jo…
Museum in St Pölten


The Lower Austria State Museum houses an interesting collection on the history, art and environment of the region. A wave made from glass, frozen in movement above the entrance, sets the mood, and indeed water is a …
Synagogue in St Pölten


St Pölten's main synagogue dates from 1912 and has attractive art-nouveau features. The Nazis laid it to waste during the pogroms of 1938 and the building ended up in the hands of the city council, which used it as …
Abbey in St Pölten

Stift Herzogenburg

A short drive or train ride from town, Stift Herzogenburg is one of the Danube's baroque gems. You'll need to take a tour (book in advance for an English-speaking guide), which takes in the Stiftskirche (monastery c…
Cathedral in St Pölten


Jakob Prandtauer was one of the most prominent architects of the baroque era, and the cathedral, his masterpiece of baroque rebuilding in St Pölten, has an impressive interior with lashings of fake marble and gold, …
Museum in St Pölten


The City Museum is expertly curated and well worth a visit. Its permanent collection focusing on art nouveau in St Pölten is on the 1st floor, and a section on the ground floor is devoted to local archaeological tre…
Tower in St Pölten


For a bird’s-eye view of the Landhausviertel, take the lift to the top of this tower, which often stages temporary art exhibitions.
Monument in St Pölten


The tall Dreifaltigkeitssäule dates from 1782. It has a captivating, white, oversized swirl of motifs, and was built partly to mark the passing of the plague.
Church in St Pölten


Franziskanerkirche was completed in 1770 and has a grandiose altar offset by side altar paintings by Kremser Schmidt.