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Krems on the Danube

Krems on the Danube

Due to its special location between the Wachau and the Waldviertel, Krems on the Danube is especially known for its wine, but is also an absolute insider tip for gourmets and shopping lovers. Krems is a cultural metropolis and a special place of nature and water.

The city of Krems looks back on an incredibly formative history, this is already noticeable during a walk through the historic old town. Let the history of the city enchant you and immerse yourself in the past.

Preserved is a document from 995, which mentions a castle called "Chremisa". This makes Krems the oldest city in Lower Austria. But the area was already populated in the Paleolithic Age, as evidenced by the "Venus vom Galgenberg" (a female statuette more than 32,000 years old). The original of the delicate figure is presented in the Natural History Museum together with the Venus of Willendorf, which, by the way, is several thousand years younger. A copy of it awaits the visitors of museumkrems.

After the Romans, the Germanic Rugians settled in Stein around 48 AD. The Romans, who always had a sense for fine things, cultivated viticulture around Krems.

Krems-Stein was the most important transhipment point between ship and land traffic, more important than Vienna. Since the 13th century Krems and Stein have formed a town community. The farms, churches and burgher houses were built and designed by the best builders of the country, many artists and craftsmen moved to the prosperous Danube city since the Middle Ages. Education was a central concern of the merchant burghers, who successfully strove to provide their sons and daughters with a sound school education and soon after opened up access to university education for them. Krems became a flourishing commercial, cultural and educational city. This development continues to this day. Krems is also in the 21st century a flourishing economic, cultural, educational and university town and of course European wine town in the Krems Valley at the gateway to the Wachau.

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Tourist Information Krems
Wachau Info Center Krems
Grain market 14
3500 Krems
Tel: +43 2732 82676

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