St. Pölten

St. Pölten is a city with about 50,000 inhabitants in Lower Austria. Geographically it is located between the Bohemian Massif and the Türnitz Alps.

Many people consider St. Pölten to be a city of low touristic interest. Anyway its high living standard and the convenient location make it a place worthwhile to hang out some time and relax, e. g. at the lakes or to undertake some day trips.


Get in

By train

St. Pölten is the terminus for the VOR (Verkehrsverbund Ost-Region) suburban train service from Vienna's Westbahnhof to St. Pölten. It leaves Westbahnhof hourly and takes 30 minutes to reach St. Pölten. Tickets cost €12, or Vienna's VOR travelcards can also be used.

By car

St. Pölten is connected to the A1 "Autobahn" and the S33 "Schnellstraße". The distance between St. Pölten and Vienna is approximately 60km, between Linz and St. Pölten ca. 120km.

Get around

Bus and bicycle



Landesmuseum Niederösterreich, with the Klangturm in the background
Old Synagogue
Lower Austrian Parliament Building (Landhaus St. Pölten)






High altar of the Mariazell Basilica

Go next

Go to Mariazell using the Mariazeller Bahn. The trip of 85km takes about 2.5hrs. This route is not only one of the first in Austria to become fully electrified (in 1911), some of the train engines from that time are still in operation (this is a world record). Beside of the impressive scenery, the tracks' arrangement is pretty ingenious because of the vast differences in altitude that have to be overcome.

When buying a ticket check if the train engines are of type "1099", which are the world record ones, so that you know the true promise of the Mariazeller Bahn.

Routes through St. Pölten

Salzburg Melk  W  E  Vienna Ends at

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