Krems, along with neighboring cities Stein, Egelsee, Dürnstein and Spitz an der Donau are known for their world class wine production as well as their proximity to the Danube.
- Krems Tourismus GmbH, Utzstraße 1, ☎ +43 2732 82676, fax: +43 2732 70011, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nov-Mar M-F 08:30-17:00; Apr-Oct M-F 08:30-18:30, Sa 10:00-12:00 13:00-18:00, Su and holidays 10:00-12:00 13:00-16:00. Offers information on accommodation and sights.
From the west take the regional train (Regionalzug, denoted by big R) from St. Pölten (usually every 30-50 min. every hour) to Krems.
All other directions regional (express) (Regionalexpress, denoted by a big REX) train from Vienna's Franz-Josefs-Bahnhof, Spittalau (U4/U6) or Heiligenstadt (U4) station which takes about one hour and leaves every hour.
- Train station (Bahnhof), Bahnhofplatz 1, ☎ +43 2732-82536-345. Ticket office: M-F 05:30-19:15, Sa Su and holidays 07:00-19:15; automats: 24hrs. Use ÖBB's SCOTTY to look up train information online.
From west: Highway A1 (Westautobahn) to Melk, B3 through Wachau. From South/East: Highway S33 from St. Pölten or A22/S5 from Vienna From North: B37 via Zwettl or through the Kamptal/Horn
The city and its neighbors are all very accessible by foot and it's no more than a two hour walk from one extremity to the other.
- City bus (Stadtbus), ☎ +43 2732 801-459. M-F 06:30-18:30, Sa 06:30-12:30. The city bus system serves limited and serpentine routes. A map with schedule and bus fares can be downloaded here. Single trip: €2 (adults), €1.20 (concessions), €1 (children); day ticket: €4; week ticket: €11.60; month ticket: €37; block of 10 tickets: €11 (adults), €9 (children).
- Zweirad Aichinger KG, Hohensteinstraße 22a, ☎ +43 2732 82876, fax: +43 2732 71887, e-mail: email@example.com. Mar-Sep: M-F 08:00-12:00 13:30-18:00, Sa 08:00-12:00 13:00-17:00; Oct-Feb: M-F 08:00-12:00 13:30-18:00, Sa 08:00-12:00. Offers road and mountainbikes for rent. Rental during Sundays and holidays can be arranged beforehand; if you are overnighting in Krems you can return your bicycle at your hotel. €15/day, €80/wk.
- ÖAMTC Donaupark Camping - Krems, Yachthafenstrasse 19, ☎ +43 2732 84455, fax: +43 2732 84455, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rents out bicycles. €6/half-day, €10/day.
- Nextbike, ☎ +43 2742 22 99 01 (hotline). After registration (online or by mobile), pick up a bicycle at any Nextbike location, and drop the same bicycle off at the same or any other Nextbike spot. A map of pickup and drop-off points can be found here (click 'Wachau' for Krems); a brochure for Krems-Ost is available for download. €1/hr, €8/day.
The historic town centers of Krems and Stein are well-worth exploring.
- Kunstmeile Krems. Various art and culture sites, among them: Combiticket for Kunsthalle, Karikaturmuseum, Forum Frohner, Ernst Krenek Forum, Kunstraum Stein and Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche: €15.
- Kunsthalle Krems, Franz-Zeller-Platz 3, ☎ +43 2732-90 80 10, e-mail: email@example.com. Daily 10:00-18:00. Hosts exhibits of art by regional as well as international artists. €10 (adults), €9 (concessions), free (children under 6).
- Karikatur Museum Krems (Caricature Museum), Steiner Landstraße 3, ☎ +43 2732 908020, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Daily 10:00-17:00. A good knowledge of German is helpful in understanding some of the humor presented here. €10 (adults), €9 (concessions).
- Museumkrems, Körnermarkt 14, ☎ +43 2732 801-567, fax: +43 2732 801-576, e-mail: email@example.com. Apr-May W-Su, holidays 11:00-18:00; Jun-Oct Daily 11:00-18:00; closed Nov-Mar. Has well-curated permanent exhibits illustrating the history of Krems and the wider region, and hosts temporary exhibits of contemporary art. €5 (adults), €4 (concessions), free (children/youth under 19).
- Gozzoburg, Hoher Markt 11. Built in the 13th century, this is one of the most significant medieval city buildings in Austria, and is now used for special exhibits. In 2006 and 2007 restoration work uncovered a remarkable set of 13th-century frescoes; along with the Iwein frescoes in Thüringen, Germany, these are the only surviving indoor 13th-century murals north of the Alps. The murals can be viewed only with a guided tour, arranged through the Museumkrems.
- Jewish Cemetery Krems (Jüdischer Friedhof Krems), Wiener Straße. Established in 1880 for the Jewish community of Krems, the cemetery was abandoned in 1936 and now is a memorial under the auspices of Vienna Israelite Community. Located on the grounds is a 42m-long metal memorial by Hans Kupelwieser, engraved with the names of the Krems Jews who died during the Holocaust. In 2004 the Irish/Israeli artist duo of Clegg & Guttmann installed three public bookshelves as another memorial.
- Piaristenkirche (Kremser Frauenbergkirche), Piaristengasse 1, ☎ +43 2732 82092. The oldest church in Krems. The earliest foundations date to the 13th century, while the current structure is from the late Gothic period of the early 16th century. The interior was remodeled during the Baroque era.
There are a number of bike trails along the Danube, as well as hiking paths through the mountains and vineyards – the tourist office can offer maps and advice. It is also possible to tour the many wineries in the area, as well as the nearby monastery.
- Kino im Kesselhaus (Filmgalerie), Dr. Karl Dorrekstraße 30, ☎ +43 2732 90 80 00, fax: 2732 90 80 01, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. W-Su. Movie museum and independent cinema. An onsite café, Filmbar in Kesselhaus, offers regional specialties in a relaxed atmosphere.
- Badearena Krems (Public swimming pool), Strandbad Straße 5, ☎ +43 2732 801600, e-mail: email@example.com. Indoors: M 13:00-17:00, Tu-Th 09:00-21:00, F 09:00-21:30, Sa 09:00-20:30, Su 09:00-20:00; outdoors: May-Aug daily 09:00-20:00.
- Jump Club Krems (Skydiving), Flughafenstrasse, ☎ +43 676 6378133, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Offers training and tandem diving.
- Winzer Krems, Sandgrube 13, ☎ +43 2732 85511, fax: +43 2732 85511-6, e-mail: email@example.com. Wine shop: M-F 08:00-17:00, Sa 10:00-17:00, May-Oct also on Su and holidays 10:00-16:00. Tour the winery, wine tasting.
The area is known for its wine which is available at reduced tariffs.
There are a number of restaurants in town serving the typical Austrian fare. Consider the local traditional eateries called "Heuriger", which offer inexpensive dinner and nice wines in a relaxed atmosphere.
As with the entire region there are a number of wonderful Heurigen (wine bars) in the area.
- Piano – das Bierlokal, Steiner Landstraße 21, Stein, ☎ +43 2732-20330, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. M-Th 17:00-02:00, F Sa 17:00-03:00, Su and holidays 17:00-24:00. Offers beer from Austria, Germany and Czech Republic with a focus on beer from the nearby Waldviertel.
There's a number of guest houses in the area, such as the following.
- Gästehaus Kleine Mühle, Reisperbachtalstrasse 50, Stein, ☎ +43 2732 761 93, +43 676 688 77 89 (mobile). It's a wonderfully renovated old mill with a personable proprietor and wonderful breakfast €35+/night.
- Bicycle Youth Hostel (Radfahrer-Jugendherberge Krems), Ringstraße 77, ☎ +43 2732 83452, +43 664 6530615, fax: +43 2732 83452 x4, e-mail: email@example.com. Apr-Oct. A youth hostel mostly used by bicyclists. Neat, cheap and near the city centre. €16.50+ including breakfast.
- Gasthof + Restaurant Klinglhuber, Wiener Straße 2, ☎ +43 2732 82143, fax: +43 2732 82143-50, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. €39-€71, depending on season.
- Hotel Klinglhuber, Wiener Straße 10 (entrance on Hohensteinstraße 5), ☎ +43 2732 86960, fax: +43 2732 86960-50, e-mail: email@example.com. €45-€69, depending on season.
- Parkhotel Krems, Edmund-Hofbauer-Straße 19, ☎ +43 2732 87565, fax: +43 2732 87566, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A three-star hotel, free wi-fi available in most rooms.
- Steigenberger Hotel and Spa, Am Goldberg 2, ☎ +43 2732 71010, fax: +43 2732 7101050, e-mail: email@example.com. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. €84+/night.
- Visit the Wachau Valley, situated between Krems and Melk (40 km upstream), which is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
Notable places include:
- Göttweig and Melk monastery
- Dürnstein, a medival castle/ruins which served as a prison for Richard Lionheart (Richard I of England), city walls, monastery
- Wine towns Spitz and Weissenkirchen and the nearby
- Ruins of Hinterhaus, a 1000 year old ruins
- Aggstein Castle
Most of the Wachau (except Aggstein) can be reached by the local train Krems-Spitz or by bike on the Danube cycle track (Donauradweg). Göttweig is at the train station Krems-St.Pölten line and Melk at the Westbahn.
In summer many tourist boats operate in the Wachau. The biggest and most visible boat companies are DDSG (Donaudampschifffahrtsgesellschaft) and Brandner, but they are not necessarily the cheapest. MS Stadt Wien is a popular alternative among locals (weekends only).
- Visit the Kamp Valley
- Visit Langenlois
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