The Traunviertel attractions

Abbey 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 160,0…
Tower in Kremsmünster

Sternwarte

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 skeleto…
Park in Steyr

Schlosspark

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 th…
Museum in Steyr

Stadtmuseum

Set in an early-17th-century granary with an eye-catching sgraffito mural facade, this museum showcases Steyr’s culture and folklore through its artefacts. The baroque and Biedermeier nativity figurines are the high…
Church in Kremsmünster

Stiftskirche

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, bro…
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

Stadtpfarrkirche

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

Stadtplatz

Wels’ main square is framed by slender townhouses, many of which conceal arcaded inner courtyards. Particularly attractive is the ivy-clad courtyard at No 18, nurturing palms, rhododendrons and Japanese umbrella tre…
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 cannon balls to Biedermeier costumes. Must-sees include …
Park in Bad Hall

Kurpark

Opposite the Mediterrana Therme, this 34-hectare park features exotic and native woodlands, aromatic gardens, blooming flower beds and regularly changing art installations, as well as playgrounds for the kids. To in…