Best excursion destinations in Krems for the coming summer!

Written by: Hannes Wagner, 04.05.2020


If you are currently looking for accommodation for your summer vacation in Austria, you will easily find it on our vacation page. You can stay at the STUWO dormitories in Krems, Villach and Lambach for your vacation in summer between July 1st and September 10th.


UNESCO World Heritage City of Krems

If you decide to spend a holiday at our STUWO student residence in Krems, you found yourself a great and extensive offer! After all, Krems stands for diversity and beauty. Whether historical, cultural or culinary – the city along the Danube has a lot to offer. Krems is known for its landmark: the preserved former city gate “Steinernes Tor”. The famous Gozzoburg on the southern edge of the Hoher Markt is also always worth a visit.

In order for you to be able to plan the best trips and activities for your perfect summer trip, we have put together the coolest tips and best ideas in and around Krems for you. So that nothing stands in the way of your vacation!

Wine taverns and wine makers

Krems scores not only with historical and cultural-  but also with culinary highlights. No wonder, as the city is located at the eastern end of the Wachau after all. If you spend your summer here, you will not only get to know the local vintners but also a lively gastronomic scene that makes Krems the perfect destination for every gourmet.

You can visit numerous wine cellars of the Kremser Weinhauer or enjoy fine wines and delicious wines in taverns or tasting rooms of qualified wine companies. A well-known Eldorado for wine lovers is the wine adventure world Sandgrube 13 by the Krems winegrowers. There you can taste and enjoy regional products – from wines and products from apricots to hand-scooped chocolate.

Best season: a pleasure from spring to autumn!
Opening times: Best to explore in the afternoon to evening.

Ride the Wachau Railway

If you want to take a more leisurely approach to your summer vacation in order to recover from your semester, a ride on the Wachau cable car is the best option for you. The panoramic drive through the world cultural heritage and the breathtaking region opens up diversity in all its breadth and depth. The unique art of nature is also known as the garden of senses and has always inspired artists and thinkers from all over the world.

Aside from the main road, between ancient masonry, vineyards and flowering embankments, this train has been running for a good hundred years and connects Krems and Emmersdorf. The elevated railway line provides wonderful views of the beauty from the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Best season: spring to autumn
Address: Krems train station, Bahnhofplatz 3, 3500 Krems an der Donau
Phone: +43 2742 360 990-1000

The Landesgalerie Niederösterreich is located on the Krems art mile and consists of about 100,000 objects. Including masterpieces from past centuries and outstanding examples of the present. The modern building with its incredible architecture was opened on May 25, 2019 and connects the holdings of the Lower Austria state collections with important private collections. Our tip: Be sure to visit the Poldi Fitzka restaurant on the ground floor of the Landesgalerie. In addition to an interior design that is definitely worth seeing, culinary delights from Lower Austria are also offered here. The restaurant pays special attention to regional products.

The art gallery Krems and the international exhibition center for contemporary art in Lower Austria, is in immediate vicinity. It shows art after 1945, with a focus on contemporary design. The art gallery is always worth a visit.

Addresses: Steiner Landstrasse 1 & 5, 3500 Krems an der Donau
Phone: +43 2732 908010

Caricature museum Krems

Aside from the historical, cultural and culinary sights, you can also have a good laugh in Krems. Where you may ask? In the Krems Caricature Museum, of course. It is Austria’s only museum for caricature, comic and cartoon. In 2020, the comic classics Fix & Foxi, the Smurfs, Spirou and Lucky Luke will have their own highlight exhibition. At the same time, the show “Tu felix Austria… draw!” Presents a representative selection of Austrian press illustrators from the past 25 years. The museum also has a permanent exhibition by artist Manfred Deix and the architect and caricaturist Gustav Peichl. Incidentally, the Krems Caricature Museum forms the Krems art mile with other museums and galleries such as the Minoritenkirche or the Forum Frohner.

Best season: a laugh all year round!
Address: Museumsplatz 3, 3500 Stein an der Donau
Phone: 02732/90 80 10

Melk Abbey

The Benedictine monastery Melk Abbey is imposing on the banks of the Danube, world-famous and definitely worth a trip. The baroque building is a landmark of the Wachau and part of the UNESCO World Heritage as well. Among other things, it houses the Melk Abbey High School, the oldest still existing school in Austria. By the way: you can get from Krems to Melk very comfortably by ship!

Best season: Fantastic landscape in spring and autumn!
Address: Abt-Berthold-Dietmayr-Str. 1A, 3390 Melk
Phone: +43 2752 555 232

Beach in Weißenkirchen

Numerous bays along the Danube ensure great opportunities to cool off and the perfect summer feeling. They are the ideal place to relax properly. A special highlight is the beach in Weißenkirchen in the Wachau. It even has its own sandy beach! We also recommend the Danube pool directly in the village of Krems. Changing facilities, toilets and a children’s playground are available there. If you want to get active with friends, the beach volleyball court offers a pleasant change of scenery.

Would you prefer to enjoy your summer vacation on the water instead of in the water? Then we have the perfect idea for you! Get a ticket for a boat trip through the Wachau and switch off while the wonderful landscape passes by. Here you can find out more about individual cruises.

Let’s go, what are you still waiting for? Secure your holiday apartment in Krems, pack your friends and get ready for the best time of the year!


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