Top ChoiceAbbey in Kremsmünster

Stift Kremsmünster

Kremsmünster’s enormous Benedictine abbey dates from 777, but was given a baroque facelift in the 18th century. Elaborate stucco and frescoes shape the long, low Bibliothek (library), where shelves creak under...

Tower in Kremsmünster


Part of the Stift Kremsmünster complex, the 50m-high Stern­warte is dedicated to numerous schools of natural history. Spanning seven floors, the mind-boggling collection steps from fossilised starfish to the...

Park in Steyr


Footpaths through this quiet park lead to baroque Schloss Lamberg, sitting pretty between the confluence of the Enns and Steyr Rivers. A steep passageway next to the Bummerlhaus, with overhanging arches, squeezes...

Church in Kremsmünster


You don't have to tour the Stift Kremsmünster to enter its Stiftskirche. The marvellously over-the-top baroque church is criss-crossed with white stuccowork, draped in Flemish tapestries and festooned with dark,...

Museum in Steyr

Museum Arbeitswelt

Housed in a converted factory by the river, this excellent museum delves into Steyr’s industrial past with exhibits on working-class history, forced labour during WWII and the rise of the Socialist Party.

Church in Steyr


The spire of this Gothic church is one of Steyr’s most visible landmarks. The church shares features with Stephansdom in Vienna and the same architect, Hans Puchsbaum.

Historic Site in Wels


Wels’ main square is framed by slender town houses, many of which conceal arcaded inner courtyards. Particularly attractive is the ivy-clad courtyard at No 18, nurturing palms, rhododendrons and Japanese umbrella...

Castle in Wels

Burg Wels

Set around a quiet, geranium-filled garden, this castle is where Emperor Maximilian I drew his last breath in 1519. The folksy museum contains everything from cannonballs to Biedermeier costumes. Must-sees...

Park in Bad Hall


Opposite the Mediterrana Therme, this 34-hectare park features exotic and native woodlands, aromatic gardens, blooming flower beds and regularly changing art installations. There are 40km of trails, and...

Historic Site in Kremsmünster


The 17th-century cloisters of the Stift Kremsmünster comprise five fish ponds, each centred on a mythological statue. The trickle of water is calming and you can feed the carp.

Historic Building in Steyr


This Gothic gabled house and former pub takes its name from the figurine of a golden lion, which punters, presumably after one too many, nicknamed Bummerl (small fat dog).

Church in Wels


Built in the 14th century on the site of a wooden chapel first mentioned in 888, the refreshingly simple Stadtpfarrkirche is noteworthy for its Gothic stained glass.

Church in Steyr


Just north of the Steyr River, this twin-towered baroque church is embellished with a fresco of St Michael and the fallen angels.