Waidhofen an der Ybbs, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/Martin Matula

Let the urban air refresh you!

Take a trip or a short break in Lower Austria’s prettiest and most attractive towns and cities: We present a selection of profiles and share an insider tip or two!

Skilfully decorated exteriors and lovingly cared for town museums, pedestrian zones that invite you to discover and wander; farmer’s markets with hand-made and home-made delicacies from the region, plus guest houses and restaurants with menus reflecting the culinary variety of the surrounding region. Whether you visit towns such as Melk and Krems, lying right on the edge of the lifeline that is the Danube river, or the relatively recently elected state capital of St. Pölten, which is right at the heart of Lower Austria and the geographical centre of the state on the Danube. Or choose to stay in old trade points, such as the wine town of Retz, Waidhofen/Ybbs on the Lower Austrian Iron Street or the brewing town of Zwettl in the North Eastern edge of the state; each one of these cities and towns exude their own unique charm and they are worth a visit!

Places worth seeing

Festival Theatre St. Pölten, © Stefan Kristoferitsch

Sankt Pölten

St. Pölten is blossoming thanks to the art, business and night-time scenes. Here is a list of the best the Lower Austrian state capital has to offer:

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Trinity column on the main square in Baden, © Österreich-Werbung/Diejun

Baden bei Wien

Taking a holiday in Baden bei Wien will reinvigorate you during the summer: Discover pleasure at every turn, endless inspiration and walks to magical…

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Melk Abbey, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/ M. Liebert


Melk is at the start of the Wachau and is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site region. Fall for the charms of the abbey and the town.

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Retz windmill in Weinviertel, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/ M. Liebert


For wine lovers and foodies alike, Retz is always worth a visit. Read on to find out where to experience moments of pleasure off the beaten track in…

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Zwettl's main square with the Hundertwasser fountain, © Stadtgemeinde Zwettl, Monika Prinz


If a brewing town invites you to enjoy a short break, it would be rude to turn it down. Especially when this town is as beautiful and diverse as…

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