Top 5 attractions in Lower Austria
1. Schloss Artstetten
2. Stift Melk
3. Schloss Laxenburg
4. Lower Austria State Museum
5. Renaissance Schloss Rosenburg
This graceful castle was formally a residence of the archduke Franz Ferdinand and is not only his last resting place, but also a museum which offers a fascinating view into his world.
The Artstetten Castle is situated in a spacious park close to the Wachau region. Guests can relax on the beautiful terrace with views of the park and its ancient trees or mingle in the museum shop with a range of interesting souvenirs and books. From May to September it’s possible to join a two-hour full moon tour of the museum complete with a torchlight walk through the park.
Stift Melk is one of the finest examples of the Baroque era in Europe. Visitors can expect an array of museum displays, marble halls, library plus an unforgettable view of the Danube Valley. From May to October the Stift grounds make for a wonderful place for walking and relaxing. From the north terrace impressive views of the park, Stift buildings and surrounding can be seen.
The Schloss Laxenburg gardens are one of the most important historically in Europe. Since the Middle Ages this beautiful park has extended to a size of 280 hectors. As well as valuable woodwork and furniture, pieces of art are on display. A diverse botanical gardens can also be enjoyed by guests strolling through the castle gardens.
The state museum of Lower Austria in St Polten is well worth a trip for the whole family. With master works and exhibits, the nature and history of Lower Austria can be studied in an all year round exhibition. The art collection is one of the most impressive in Austria and offers a fascinating insight into the evolution of art in Austria and in particular in Lower Austria. In the history areas is a large exhibition area with exhibits revealing the history and culture of the state.
This fairy-tale-like castle in wonderful surroundings high over Kamptal Valley has magical towers and turrets as well as a magical rose garden. The gardens are a fine example of garden architecture from the renaissance. The castle is almost as well known for its beautiful location as it is for it falconry bird displays.