Krems on the Danube impresses with its well-preserved old town, located directly on the banks of the Danube.
The Pulverturm (magazine) is reminiscent of the Swedish sieges where Krems was hard-fought. The town is characterized by the surrounding vineyards, which also influence the cultural landscape of the town.
The Weinstadt Museum (City and Wine Museum), where cannonballs from the Swedish sieges still stuck in the walls, houses one of the oldest human sculpture, the 32,000 year old Venus of Galgenberg, discovered near the village of Stratzing.
Only in 2006 it may be evidenced that it has already been made by Homo sapiens and not by Homo neanderthalensis who still lived at the same time.
In the same year two infant graves were found here. One with twins, which were covered with the shoulder blade of a mammoth. The 27,000 years old grave is the oldest burial place in Austria.
The end of the pedestrian zone forms the well-restored gate, the Steiner Tor, the landmark of Krems.
The attraction in the summer is the apricot festival in the Wachau with its peak in Spitz. All kinds of products from apricots are offered. Apricot brandy, apricot jam, apricot stuffed pancakes and of course apricot dumplings.
However, if you enjoy these delicacies frequently, do not be surprised about a few extra pounds on the scale after your holidays. You should not miss visiting the famous Heurigen, wine-taverns in which wine-growers serve the most recent year’s wines.
Some of them offer an excellent cuisine accompanied by fine wines. In the evening, one can let it the views of the Danube valley soak in.
The towns of Krems and Stein developed independently for a long time. Between the two towns lies Kloster Und, a former Capuchin Convent.
The old town of Stein has a special flair. It was here where the most famous Kremser artist Martin Johann Schmidt, called Kremser Schmidt, lived for decades.
He was known for his folk baroque style. You can see at one of his altarpieces and the ceiling fresco in the parish church.
The town hall square is edged by the magnificent Renaissance building of the toll house and the Mazzettihaus, a baroque palace, the birthplace of Ludwig von Kochel.
Ludwig von Kochel is a known Mozart scholar; the Köchel catalogue as named after him. Furthermore, you see the Passauerhof, which was already mentioned as a Tithe yard of the Bishop of Passau in 1263.
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