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.
phone: +43 2732 82676address: Utzstraße 1Offers information on accommodation and sights.
By trainFrom 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.
phone: +43 2732-82536-345address: Bahnhofplatz 1Use ÖBB's SCOTTY to look up train information online.
By carFrom 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
By boatFrom mid-April through October Dürnstein can be reached by river boats which ply the route between Krems/Stein, Dürnstein, Spitz, Emmersdorf, and Melk.
phone: +43 1 588 80address: Welterbe Platz 1Operates several times daily; timetables and fares (listed at the bottom of the page) can be found here. Tickets can be purchased at any of the docking points, in Vienna, or online. Bicycles (€2) and dogs (free) permitted on board.
phone: +43 7433 2590 21address: Welterbe Platz 1Operates twice daily, also making a stop in Weißenkirchen. Timetables and fares can bee seen here. Tickets can be purchased online. Bicycles (€2) and dogs (free, muzzle and leash required) permitted on board.
The city and its neighbours are all very accessible by foot and it's no more than a two hour walk from one extremity to the other.
phone: +43 2732 801-459The city bus system serves limited and serpentine routes. A map with schedule and bus fares can be downloaded here . Dogs (muzzled and leashed) are permitted for an extra fare of €1.30.
phone: +43 2732 82876address: Hohensteinstraße 22aOffers 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.
phone: +43 2732 84455address: Yachthafenstrasse 19Rents out bicycles.
phone: +43 2742 22 99 01 (hotline)After registration (online or by mobile), pick up a bicycle at any Nextbike location, and drop it 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 the Wachau region is available for download.
Gabi's Taxiphone: +43 2732-77661
Taxi Simhandlphone: +43 2732-72121
Funktaxi Kremsphone: +43 2732-1718
The historic town centres of Krems and Stein are well-worth exploring.
Steiner Toraddress: Obere LandstraßeOne of the old city gates, dating from the 15th century.
Kunstmeile KremsVarious art and culture sites, among them:
phone: +43 2732-90 80 10address: Franz-Zeller-Platz 3Hosts exhibits of art by regional as well as international artists.
phone: +43 2732 908020address: Steiner Landstraße 3A good knowledge of German is helpful in understanding some of the humor presented here.
phone: +43 2732 801-567
address: Körnermarkt 14Has well-curated permanent exhibits illustrating the history of Krems and the wider region, and hosts temporary exhibits of contemporary art.
address: Hoher Markt 11Built 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. Note: From January until September 2017 the Gozzoburg cannot be visited due to ongoing restoration and renovation work.
Jewish Cemetery Krems
address: Wiener StraßeEstablished 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.
phone: +43 2732 82092
address: Piaristengasse 1The 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.
phone: +43 2732 801571
address: Plankstraße 4Established in the 12th century, the castle changed hands many times over the centuries before it was finally abandoned in the early 19th century.
address: Kirchenberg 12, 3541 SenftenbergThe castle is located few kilometers north of Krems. Built in the 12th century, the fortress was abandoned after the Thirty Years' War. Easily accessible by foot and offers a great view of the surrounding vineyards.
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.
phone: +43 2732 90 80 00address: Dr Karl Dorrekstraße 30Movie museum and independent cinema. An onsite café, Filmbar in Kesselhaus, offers regional specialties in a relaxed atmosphere.
Badearena Kremsphone: +43 2732 801600address: Strandbad Straße 5
phone: +43 676 6378133address: FlughafenstrasseOffers training and tandem diving.
Kunsteisbahn Kremsphone: +43 2732 801 639address: Heinemannstraße 14
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.
phone: +43 676 920 6677address: Dr Karl-Dorrek-Str 30The student restaurant-bar is located by the cinema, and serves some vegetarian dishes along with regional classics. Reservations can be made by telephone or by email.
phone: +43 2732 83128address: Untere Landstr 8Serves traditional regional cuisine, including some vegetarian dishes.
As with the entire region there are a number of wonderful Heurigen (wine bars) in the area.
phone: +43 2732-20330address: Steiner Landstraße 21Offers beer from Austria, Germany and Czech Republic with a focus on beer from the nearby Waldviertel.
phone: +43 2732 85511address: Sandgrube 13Tour the winery, wine tasting.
There's a number of guest houses in the area.
phone: +43 2732 84455address: Yachthafenstraße 19Open from mid-March to the end of October, the campground has sites for tents and caravans, as well as four mobile homes for rent. Has a small café onsite with free satellite TV and Wi-Fi, and can rent bicycles by the day or half-day. Pets permitted for no extra charge.
phone: +43 676 9129993, +43 664 1164808address: Untere Hauptstraße 35Open April to the end of October. The family-run vineyard has a number of camping spots available, and can accommodate up to five caravans as well as a number of tents. Facilities include electric hookups, toilets, recreation room, wine bar, and Wi-Fi; dogs permitted. For those who prefer more creature comforts, they also have a number of guest room, all of which include a toilet/bath and breakfast.
phone: +43 2732 83452 or +43 664 6530615address: Ringstraße 77A youth hostel mostly used by bicyclists. Neat, cheap and near the city centre.
phone: +43 2732 761 93, +43 676 688 77 89 (mobile)address: Reisperbachtalstrasse 50, SteinIt's a wonderfully renovated old mill with a personable proprietor and wonderful breakfast.
phone: +43 2732 821 43address: Wiener Straße 2
phone: +43 2732 86960address: Wiener Straße 10 (entrance on Hohensteinstraße 5)
phone: +43 2732 87565address: Edmund-Hofbauer-Straße 19A three-star hotel, free wi-fi available in most rooms, pets accepted. Has an onsite restaurant.
phone: +43 2732 71010address: Am Goldberg 2
- 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 medieval 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