Vienna is a multifaceted city with a rich history and cultural heritage. But no matter how luxurious it is, you should diversify your trip and visit other equally interesting places located not far from the capital of Austria.
The tiny town of Melk is located 60 km west of Vienna. It is famous for its ancient castles and buildings from the 17th century. Here is also the Benedictine monastery, which is the largest monastery in all of Europe. Its rich history dates back more than 10 centuries, and the luxurious baroque style delights every visitor with its splendor and sophistication.
The city of Klosterneuburg adjoins the northwestern part of Vienna, the beginnings of which appeared in the 11th century. This place is very popular among tourists, as it is here that the Klosterneuburg monastery is located, which is the oldest monastery in all of Austria. Its elaborate frescoes, ancient organ and altar are of great artistic value.
If you go from Vienna to the west, then after 65 km you can find yourself in St. Pölten - the oldest and most mysterious city in Austria. Not only the luxurious buildings of the Baroque era with picturesque squares attract tourists here, but the rich cultural life of the city is of no less interest. Arriving in St. Pölten, you should definitely enjoy the collection of medieval life that is located in the Nussdorf Museum, visit the unique Traismauer dinosaur park and go to the foot of one of the most picturesque mountains in Austria, which is called Voralpenland.
The town of Krems an der Donau, located 60 km north of Vienna, is the wine-growing and historical center of Northern Austria. There is a huge accumulation of ancient monuments here, which cannot but admire with their finest decoration of Gothic architecture. Special attention should be paid to the Gettweig Monastery, which includes a whole complex of household and church buildings of the 11th century. In addition to ancient buildings, the monastery contains a collection of art objects from different periods of time.