Krems an der Donau

Austria’s sole caricature museum occupies a suitably tongue-in-cheek chunk of purpose-built architecture, its spiky facade tearing the blue Austrian sky. Changing exhibitions and a large permanent collection of caricatures of prominent Austrian and international figures make for a fun diversion if the other art in the Kunstmeile gets too heavy.

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1. Landesgalerie NÖ

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From one side it looks like a squashed cube, from the other as though it's about to topple over – welcome to the latest addition to Krems' Kunstmeile: a…

2. Kunsthalle Krems

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One of the main attractions on Krems' Kunstmeile, the Kunsthalle has a program of changing exhibitions. These might be mid-19th-century landscapes or hard…

3. Forum Frohner

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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…

4. Rathausplatz

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Stein's pretty and impressive central square: look for the 18th-century Steinerathaus.

5. Schürerplatz

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Stein's lovely square with the baroque Mazzettihaus at its centre.

6. Museum Krems

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Housed in a former Dominican monastery, the town’s museum has collections of religious and modern art, including works by Kremser Schmidt, who painted the…

7. Pfarrkirche St Veit

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Known as the ‘Cathedral of the Wachau’, the large baroque parish church boasts colourful frescos by Martin Johann Schmidt, an 18th-century local artist…

8. Piaristenkirche

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Reached by a covered stairway (Piaristenstiege) from Pfarrplatz, Krems' most impressive church has a wonderful webbed Gothic ceiling and huge, austerely…