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Lower Austria is one of the nine states or Bundesländer in Austria. The capital of Lower Austria, since 1986 is Sankt Pölten, the most recent capital town in Austria. Prior to 1986, the capital of Lower Austria was Vienna, even though Vienna is not properly part of Lower Austria. With a land area of 19,174 km² and a population of 1.6 million people, it is the largest state in Austria, and in terms of population second only to Vienna.

Lower Austria Tourist Attractions and Landmarks

Durnstein Castle
The castle was called "Duerrstein" or "Dürrstein", from the German duerr/dürr meaning "dry" and Stein, "stone". The castle was dry because it was situated on a rocky hill, high above the damp conditions of the Danube at the base of the hill, and it was built of stone.

 

Göttweig Abbey / Stift Göttweig
A Benedictine monastery near Krems in Lower Austria. Göttweig Abbey was founded as a monastery of canons regular by Blessed Altmann, Bishop of Passau. The high altar of the church was dedicated in 1072, but the monastery itself not until 1083: the foundation charter, dated 9 September 1083, is still preserved in the abbey archives.

Harrach Gallery
Harrach Castle is also houses one of the finest private art collections in Austria, the Harrach Gallery.

Harrach Palace
Surrounded by superb gardens. This estate ties in with Haydn’s life as his mother was a cook for the wealthy Harrach family who were, and still are, the owners of this castle.

Haydn’s Birthplace Museum
The town of Rohrau was the birthplace of two musical geniuses, Franz Josef Haydn (1732–1809) and Michael Haydn (1737–1806). Haydn’s birthplace is now a small museum with just a few rooms, the special interest are the many pictures of his fellow musicians.

Melk Abbey / Stift Melk
An Austrian Benedictine abbey, and one of the world's most famous monastic sites. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in Lower Austria, adjoining the Wachau valley.

The abbey was founded in 1089 when Leopold II, Margrave of Austria gave one of his castles to Benedictine monks from Lambach Abbey. A school was founded in the 12th Century, and the monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The monastery was also a major site for the production of manuscripts. In the 15th Century the abbey became the centre of the Melk Reform movement which reinvigorated the monastic life of Austria and Southern Germany.

Today's impressive Baroque abbey was built between 1702 and 1736 by architect Jakob Prandtauer. Particularly noteworthy is the abbey church with frescos by Johann Michael Rottmayr and the impressive library with countless medieval manuscripts and frescos by Paul Troger.





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