Top ChoiceInternational in Wels

Löwenkeller

With its exposed stone, starchy white linen and polished service, Löwenkeller is by far the most sophisticated restaurant in town. Dishes such as poached trout with wild garlic risotto, roast guinea fowl with...

Top ChoiceBistro in Steyr

Knapp am Eck

A cobbled lane shadows the Steyr River to this locavore bistro, which utilises organic, seasonal produce to create dishes such as tender lamb with polenta, and sage-stuffed pork. By night, candles and lanterns...

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...

Drinks in The Traunviertel

Nussbach Distillery

A twisting 14km drive southwest of Bad Hall brings you to this rural distillery, which is famed for its liqueurs made from summer-harvested green walnuts from its groves, and herbs and spices including cloves....

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...

Austrian in Nationalpark Kalkalpen

Das Rössl

The pick of places to dine in charming Windischgarsten, this oyster-grey guesthouse cooks up hearty dishes including rib-eye steak, riesling-marinated pork and river trout. Carb-loading for outdoor adventures...

Austrian in Kremsmünster

Schupf'n

Overlooking farmland 5km east of Kremsmünster, rustic Schupf'n has a wood-lined dining room where welcoming staff in traditional Austrian dress serve up robust dishes made from local farm produce, such as pork...

Austrian in Steyr

Gasthof Mader

With its Gothic vaults, frescoed Schubertstüberl (parlour) and arcaded inner courtyard, Mader is historic dining at its best. Specialities such as crisp roast pork with dumplings or trout served with parsley...

Austrian in Steyr

Rahofer

In the centre of Steyr, Rahofer has a classic cafe across from the Enns River, a traditional restaurant opening off the Stadtplatz, and, between them, a lovely sheltered courtyard that's filled with tables in...

Christmas in Steyr

Christkindl Seasonal Post Office

If you're in Steyr around Christmas, head for the suburb of Christkindl, west of the old town, which shares its name with the winged Christkind ('Christ Child'; affectionately known as Christkindl, who delivers...

Food in The Traunviertel

Kastner

Kastner has been guarding a secret gingerbread recipe since 1559; sample freshly baked fruit, nut, honey and chocolate varieties at the bakery shop, or stop for something more substantial at its cafe. From...

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...

European in Steyr

Orangerie im Schlosspark

This beautifully converted 18th-century orangery opens onto a leafy terrace facing the Schlosspark. The kitchen prepares fresh, seasonal dishes ranging from chanterelle tagliatelle to roast guinea fowl with sweet...

Bar in Steyr

Strandbar

During summer, head 3.5km west of town to this local secret, a wooden shack hidden in the forest footsteps from a white-sand beach on the Steyr River. Sit at its outdoor picnic tables to down regional Zipfer...

Austrian in Wels

Gasthaus zur Linde

Sizzling and stirring for the past 200 years, this family-run place radiates old-fashioned warmth. It dishes up Austrian classics alongside seasonal treats such as asparagus in spring and game in autumn, with...

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,...

Bistro in Wels

Oscar's

Inside a modern, glass-roofed arcade, Oscar's specialises in aged organic steaks from Austrian beef and flame-grilled gourmet burgers cooked in its partially open kitchen. Mains include unlimited access to the...

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.

Music in Steyr

Musik Festival Steyr

Classical music is the mainstay of this two-week festival, but it also sees brass bands, opera, theatre and outdoor cinema screenings, as well as a children's theatre workshop.

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.