Krems-Stein an der Donau

Krems an der Donau is a riverside town in the Danube's Wachau Valley tourist region of Lower Austria.


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.

Get in

By train

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.

By car

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

Get around

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.

By bicycle



Steiner Tor
Restored 13th-century frescoes in the Gozzoburg
Memorial bookshelves in the Jewish Cemetery

The historic town centers of Krems and Stein are well-worth exploring.


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.


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.


There's a number of guest houses in the area, such as the following.

Go next

Castle ruins of Aggstein

Notable places include:

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).

Routes through Krems

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