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Krems an der DonauAustria

Krems, on the banks of the river Danube, has a beautiful historic center and is part of the popular wine district in the Wachau Valley. 

Although only one hour’s drive to the East of Vienna, the perfect distance for a day trip, Krems is a destination in its own right. Its beautiful historic city center, several art institutions and numerous wine taverns, tasting rooms and traditional Austrian restaurants are worth visiting. The surrounding Wachau Valley is internationally recognized as a cultural world heritage site because of its unique beauty and authentic cultural landscape.

Wine has been cultivated in the region since Roman times. Today, wines such as Gruener Veltliner and Riesling from the Wachau are known and appreciated all over the world. Enjoy a bottle with a traditional meal at a local wine tavern, of which there are plenty in Krems and surroundings. Sandgrube13, a tasting room and wine museum, is the perfect place to discover the history of wine cultivation in Krems.

The town itself was first mentioned in a historic document in 995 AD, but there is archaeological evidence of much earlier settlements. Today, the Old Town of Krems features part of the original town wall and one of the medieval city gates, which is the town’s landmark. Also of note is the Piaristenkirche, a 17th-century church in late Gothic style, which is often referred to as a pendant to St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna. Dating back to the early 13th century, the Gozzo Burg contains some of the earliest known civic frescoes in Central Europe. The Veitskirche is the earliest example of Baroque architecture in Austria.

Several new cultural institutions add to the attraction of Krems. Housed in an old tobacco factory, the Kunsthalle Krems is a popular exhibition space for 19th century, modern and contemporary art. The building is located on the Kunstmeile Krems, a stretch of road between the historic Old Town of Krems, and the medieval village center of Stein, which houses a large number of cultural institutions that cater to art aficionados of all ages.

The best time to visit Krems is in spring, when the Apricot Blossoms are in bloom in the Wachau Valley, or during the wine harvest in autumn.

Top hotels in Krems an der Donau

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Parkhotel Krems
Parkhotel Krems
3 out of 5
Edmund Hofbauerstrasse 19, Krems an der Donau, Niederösterreich
£88
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Situated in Krems an der Donau, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Steiner Tor, Weinstadt Museum and Kloster UND. Pfarrkirche and Sgraffitohaus are also ...

3.7/5Good! (38 reviews)
Stay Here in Krems

"Ideally located near shops, transportation and parks, this is a great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 10 Jun 2019

Parkhotel Krems
Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems
Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems
4.5 out of 5
Am Goldberg 2, Krems an der Donau, Lower Austria
£152
per night
3 Apr-4 Apr

Situated near the boardwalk, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Kunst Halle Krems and Kloster UND. Donauwarte and Burgruine are also within 6 mi ...

3.9/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"Nice spa, nice rooms in the new part, good breakfast Dinner was a disaster - reception booked a place in the restaurant for 8 pm but at 8.40 pm there was still not table available. We were seated at part for groups then. Bouillabaisse was not Bouillabaisse but more sweet-water fish broth - asiatic ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Steigenberger Hotel & Spa Krems
Hotel Wein-gut Hutter
Hotel Wein-gut Hutter
3.5 out of 5
Weinzierlbergstraße 10, Krems an der Donau
£143
per night
5 Apr-6 Apr

Situated in Krems an der Donau, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Weinstadt Museum and Steiner Tor. Danube University Krems and Gottweig Abbey are also within ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Elegant, beautiful, comfortable hotel

"The building is in a winery and it is beautiful. Spacious room, great condition, very comfortable. The floors were heated, which was amazing since it was winter. Staff spoke good English and were very helpful. Parking was also easy. You'd need a car to get to and from this hotel if you want to spend ..."…"

Reviewed on 25 Dec 2019

Hotel Wein-gut Hutter

Popular things to do in Krems an der Donau

Melk Abbey
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Melk Abbey

5/5(1 review)

You can learn more about the history of Melk when you make a stop at a top site such as Melk Abbey. Wander the riverfront and gardens while you're in the area.

Burg Aggstein
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Burg Aggstein

5/5(1 review)

You can learn about the history of Schonbuhel-Aggsbach with a stop at Burg Aggstein. Visit the spas in this relaxing area or simply enjoy its wineries.

Top activities in Krems an der Donau

Wachau Valley Bike Tour & Wine Tasting
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Wachau Valley Bike Tour & Wine Tasting

94% of travellers recommend
£75
Per adult
Half-day countryside Wine Tour near Vienna
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Half-day countryside Wine Tour near Vienna

100% of travellers recommend
£109
Per adult
Dürnstein Wachau for Adventurers
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Dürnstein Wachau for Adventurers

£146
Per adult

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