“you have only really been somewhere if you have set foot there!” [Goethe]

Walk through medieval towns and narrow streets in romantic locations and villages! Enjoy history and culture with a pinch of humour thrown in. The past comes alive again even though we are in the here and now! Leave your guide book at home and join a guided tour to learn everything you need to know, without fuss and without friction.

Krems an der Donau – The Gateway to the Wachau-valley

The sister towns of Krems and Stein can be seen as one work of art:

  • The town has been recognised as an architectural jewel by Europa Nostra and Unesco, it exhibits Martin Johan Schmidt´s (Kremser Schmidt) barock paintings, and sculptures and statues ranging from the medieval times up until the present day. The town as a whole can be enjoyed with a guided walking tour.
  • As well as art and culture you can also enter the surrounding vineyards and apricot orchards to discover the select wines, culinary delights and beautiful landscapes  of the Region.

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One of my favourite tours: Night owl tours! When the town is quiet the towers, stairways and the buildings seem to be at their best, not forgetting to mention that glass of sparkling apricot wine to round the evening off…………

Specialised guided tours:

  • Classical Krems – history straight to the point. Guided walking tour through the old town of Krems, length of tour: about 1,5 hours
  • Modern Krems – the young side of town: Guided walking tour through the university campus and along the Kunstmeile (art row), concentrating on modern architecture.
  • Active Krems – Nature at its best for keen walkers: Come into contact with the wine and the apricots with a walk through the vineyards and around the Kellergassen (wine cellar alleys) in Krems

The Wachau Valley (Göttweig – Dürnstein – Spitz – Melk)

In the year 2000, the Danube valley was quite rightly recognised as a “world cultural heritage site of UNESCO”.  Depending on the season you can either enjoy blossoming apricot orchards, the summer solstice, juicy sweet apricots straight from the tree or a grape harvest in golden terraced vineyards encircled by ancient stone walls.

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My personal favourite: Leave some of the well known paths and wander up to the castle ruins of Dürnstein or Aggstein or to lookout posts like the Ferdinandwarte or the Danube lookout post to find amazing views of the area.

Specialised guided tours and excursions:

  • Dürnstein: Following in Richard the Lionheart´s footsteps _ Guided tour of Dürnstein, optional: Inside tour of Dürnstein monastery (courtyard, church, cloister and terrace)
  • Spitz: From the Danube to the Roten Tor (Red gate) – guided tour from the Danube up to the town centre, inside tour of the church (which is not completely straight in the middle!) and then on through the vineyards to the Roten Tor; half day or full day tour of the Wachau
  • Wachau and Barock: Full day tour through the Wachau with visits to Göttweig, Dürnstein and Melk monasteries.

St.Pölten

Our regional capital lies in the heart of lower Austria and has something for everybody: The old barock town was built on the ruins of a Roman settlement whereas the new government district was and is a hit for every fan of modern architecture and art. The government buildings, the cultural district and the Clang tower have been created in the last two centuries by artists such as Hans Hollein, Ernst Hoffmann and Arnulf Rainer.

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The Clang tower at night! The modern government and cultural district are seen at its best through a modern light installation!

Tours in St. Pölten

Guided walking tour of St. Pölten: Starting at the town hall we walk through the historic town to the cathedral which we will visit before returning to the centre of St. Pölten. In St. Pölten you will find  two distinctive styles – Barock and Jugendstil! Duration of tour: about 1,5 hours

From the Romans up until the present day: Classical guided walking tour of St. Pölten with a visit to the cathedral and a walk through the modern government district; 2,5 hours


Waldviertel – Zwettl

It is often called the “mystical Waldviertel”. Its vast expanse of untouched nature and impenetrable forests , the gigantic granite blocks and crystal clear waters attract people looking for something different. Numerous artists such as Friedensreich Hundertwasser have found peace and quiet here as well as being inspired by the mystical atmosphere.

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The Waldviertel is an insider tip for gourmet lovers! The famous Waldviertel potatoes and carp are just as delicious as their sweet poppyseed cakes! A lot of towns also brew their own beer!

Guided Tours in the Waldviertel: Half day and full day excursions with your own individual programme:

  • For cultural and barock lovers: The Cistercian Monastery of Zwettl, Altenburg Monastery, Geras Monastery
  • For food lovers: Roggendorf whiskey distillery, Armschlag poppyseed village, Forestland
  • For active walkers: Walks along the Kamp reservoirs, observation towers, Blockheide nature park
  • For Garden fans: Kittenberger adventure gardens and Noahs ark in Schiltern
  • For hunting bird lovers: Rosenburg renaissance castle with its hunting bird display

Weinviertel – Retz

The Lipizzaner horses feel as comfortable as the visitors in the wide open spaces of the Weinviertel. In Heldenberg , the Lipizzaners´ second home, the horses enjoy training and times of rest alike. Don´t forget the peppery Grüner Veltliner which is just as home here in the hills of the Weinviertel as the pumpkins in the lowlands of Retz.

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Who knows, maybe you can take a selfie with a Lipizzaner! And then go round the corner to visit General Radetzkys grave!

Excursions and guided tours can be individually tailored to your needs!

  • For Horse-lovers: Heldenberg: Training and recuperation centre for the Lipizzaners; General Radetzkys grave
  • Precious gem enthusiasts: Amethystworld Maissau: An amethyst vein several hundred metres long which makes it one of the longest in the world.
  • For classical music lovers: The Pleyel museum in Ruppersthal – Ignaz Joseph Pleyel was born in Ruppersthal and was a student of Haydn and afterwards became famous in France. During his life his music was played more often than Mozarts until difficult circumstances caused his music to be forgotten.

Vienna

The place to go for culture and music! Not only does Vienna offer cultural highlights like Schönbrunn castle and the Hofburg  but also the amazing art gallery of  the KHM or the valuables of the treasury. Don’t forget to try out the delicious cakes in a traditional Viennese coffee shop. This will make a brilliant day all mixed up together in the right quantities!

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A secret tip: A mosaic of the last supper in the Minorite church! Even Leonardo da Vinci would have delighted in its brilliant colours!

On request I can put together a day or half day programme that suits you and/or your Group!