Kremsmünster is located amidst the hilly landscape of the Upper Austrian foothills of the Alps. The monastery that was founded by the Bavarian Duke Tassilo III in 777 unites belief and science in a fruitful way.
The observatory, Europe’s oldest tower block, was built from 1748 – 1758 as monastic research centre for nature sciences and as museum. The grammar school that is steeped in tradition – one of its graduates was Adalbert Stifter – has been existing since 1549. Kremsmünster has been a place of cultural interest from ancient times. The extensive art collections include world-famous works (Tassilo Chalice, Codex Codex Millenarius and many others). First rate music is presented at the monastery concerts in the magnificent imperial hall.
First of all Kremsmünster is a monastery though, where monks live, pray and work. Soon after the foundation of the monastery the settlement became a respected crafts and market place. It received its market rights from Emperor Friedrich III in 1489. One should not miss out on a guided cultural hike through the historic village centre: stylish, old burgher houses, beautiful fronts, flowers in the windows and oriels.
At the Museum of Musical Instruments in Schloss Kremsegg Castle more than a thousand rare, historically important wind instruments from all over the world are exhibited. Exhibits include the Tzar’s Horn and the jazz trumpet of Louis Armstrong. Lectures, concerts, cabaret performances and movies are presented in the cultural centre and movies and theatre performances in Austria’s oldest amateur theatre (founded in 1812). Exhibitions, markets, traditional events and the farmers’ market on Friday afternoon enliven everyday life in Kremsmünster.
Far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life one can find peace in these beautiful surroundings by listening to nature. Leave your car parked and explore the Krems wetlands, fertile fields, Baroque chapels and “Vierkanthof” farms (four adjoining buildings enclosing a square), colourful meadows, big and small ponds, orchards, conifer and mixed forests in the footsteps of Adalbert Stifter.
Nature presents itself from its best side here! You just have to take out some time to enjoy it. The perfect place for relaxing and unwinding is the MEDITERRANA thermal spa in Bad Hall with Central Europe’s highest concentrated iodine-brine spring. You can also unwind in the 34-hectare large Kurpark of Bad Hall. Bad Hall with its abundance of flowers and plants was the venue of the Upper Austrian Garden Show in 2005. A must is a visit of the FORUM HALL crafts museum in Bad Hall which holds a unique collection of old gates.
Exercise in the outdoors and the mild climate are perfect for bringing body and soul in balance. It also whets the appetite for a culinary journey. The gastronomy of Kremsmünster offers everything from hearty dumplings to speck, creamy curd to sparkling must. And everything is set for a good night’s sleep: Accommodations range from 4-star hotels to campsites.