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Lower Austria

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Travel Guides


AdventureAustria is an independent English owned travel and events agency based in the Tyrolean town of Lienz in south Austria.

We’ve put together the following travel guides to help visitors get the most out of their holiday in Austria. Whether you are planning only to stay in Lienz or planning to venture on to other parts of Austria, you’ll be sure to find some useful information here.

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When you experience lower Austria you’ll soon discover that this is one of the nicest counties in Austria with its unique culture and stunning nature.  Lower Austria (Niederösterreich) is a county with a lot of diversity as well as a lot of contrasts.  It’s also a state which offers almost unlimited things to see and do during a holiday here.

Due to its unique location, in the heart of Europe, the region has attracted a melting pot of history and rich culture.  Add to that unrivalled natural diversity which include forests, hills, lakes, canyons, rivers and mountain meadows.  It’s hard to imagine any other place in Europe with so much nature working in harmony together in such a small geographical area.

Austria’s biggest state has over 250 tourist attractions which makes it in particular an attraction for holiday goers with something suitable guaranteed for everyone.

Recommended tourist discount cards

NÖ Card: The Niederösterrich CARD offers visitors free entry into no less than 315 tourist attractions in the Lower Austria region.

Wilde Wunder Card: 43 ‘wonders’ of nature await guests who obtain this card.  As well as the natural wonders in the region of Ötscher, Hochklar, Gemeindealpe and Mariazell, the card also offers free entrance and discounts to many further attractions, adventure sports programmes and ski lifts for hiking.  The attractions are open from the beginning of May until the end of October.  Guests staying in the Mostviertler Bergwelt and Mariazeller Land will receive the Wilde Wunder Card for free.

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Airport and transport

Airport for arrival to Lower Austria is Vienna

Vienna lies in the heart of Europe.  The airport ‘Wien-Schwechat’ is located in the city suburbs and provides optimal transport connections to the whole world.  From ‘Wien-Schwechat’ airport to the city centre, visitors should take the CAT (City Airport Transportation) train which takes just 16 minutes to the city centre.  The S7 train and express airport buses can also bring you directly to the city and to the main Viennese train stations.

Tourist information is available at the airport and at the Albertina Platz.


Eating and drinking in Lower Austria

Without doubt visitors visiting the region should experience the unique tavern and winery culture that has long existed here.

Donau Niederösterreich region – the Danube region of Lower Austria

The River Danube stretches a total of 286km through Lower Austria.  Here you will find some of the most beautiful countryside, rich cultures and diverse culinary delights that possibly exist along the whole of the Danube.

From the west, the river flows through breathtaking scenery all the way to the Slovakian border.  The sheer natural beauty shows itself in abundances in places such as the National Park Donau-Auen.  Also in the immaculately kept castle gardens for example, the Tulln Gardens.  The variety of culinary addresses to visit range from small, cosy cellar wineries found in the small streets to the classical and grand country houses often home to Michelin Star restaurants.  

The Wachau region is a must for any visit to Lower Austria.  As well as being a big wine growing region, cycling is very popular particularly along the River Danube.  In fact the Danube cycling route is one of the most favourite cycle routes in middle Europe and where visitors get to see some of the nicest parts of Lower Austria.

The Mostviertle region in Lower Austria

The Wienerwald region in Lower Austria is a leisure paradise full with history, music and wine.  The writer/author Adalbert Stifter once described the Wienerwald as being as if you were in the wild, yet just one or two miles from one of the nest cities in the world.  150 years on and this expression stands true to today.

The forest region west of Vienna is a popular excursion destination.  Today around 6,000 marked walking paths can be found in the Wienerwald along with 46 mountain biking routes covering 1,000km.

The Wienerwald is also a land of poetry.  There is a deep profound element and history of music and the area was once frequented by the artists and musicians such as Beethoven, Schubert and Johann Strauß.  

The Wiener Alpen in Lower Austria

The Viennese Alps in Lower Austria have a strong tradition as a popular holiday destination.  About 1 hours’ drive south of Vienna the Viennese Alps present themselves in all splendour and offer alpine countryside for summer and winter sports enthusiasts.  

Semmering has developed over the past few years as one of the most innovative sports regions in Austria. The ski pistes are also floodlit at night on all 13km of ski pistes, which is used every two years for the ladies World Cup skiing events (alternating with Lienz).

In summer the mountain changes into a cycling Eldorado.  The bike park offers two-wheel fun for all ages and abilities.

The panoramic mountains and hilly countryside were also a popular excursion – even in the Kaisers time. Today the region belongs to UNESCO and guests can use the lifts in summer to experience this amazing part of Lower Austria.

The Wienerwald region

The Walviertel region offers green meadows, crystal clear rivers, idyllic moors and large granite rock formations.  The Waldviertel has a wonderful feeling of unspoilt nature where everything feels untouched yet silent, strong and somehow mysterious.  

In places such as the National Park Thayatal, Nature Park Blockheide and the Heidenreichsteiner Moor it’s easy to understand why the Waldviertel is considered to be one of the healthiest regions in Austria. Hikers are very much at home here.  The hilly southern Waldviertel is one of the biggest single forest areas in Austria. Further north in central Waldviertel is a hiking path network surrounded by small villages, romantic towns, farmer’s gardens and old ruins from the middle age.

There are no less than 14,000 wine producers in Weinviertel – the region north of Vienna accounts for about a third of all Austrian wine.

However the region isn’t just for lovers of wine.  Cycling is very popular here due to a cycling path network covering 1,600km much of which is away from traffic and busy roads.  The family friendly paths take you through vineyards, past ruins and castles and idyllic vineyard museums which have been lovingly restored and cared for.  Due to the many cycling route possibilities guests can cycle for one day on any stretch of the network or plan a longer tour over several days.


See also a list of top 5 attractions in Lower Austria as well as a list of top 5 things to do in Lower Austria.