Sankt Pölten

Austria

St. Pölten, the youngest of Austria’s capitals, combines a Baroque city centre with modern architecture like no other Austrian city.

Lower Austria’s capital is the oldest documented city in Austria. The city charter, which was granted in 1159, even makes it one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. The historic city centre goes back mainly to St. Poelten’s golden era during the 17th and 18th century, when its Baroque splendour rivalled that of Vienna.

Main sights

Stroll through the enchanting Old Town in the morning, and then head over to the fascinating contemporary government district for a striking contrast in architectural styles.

Numerous magnificent buildings by the renowned architect Jakob Prandtauer, who also constructed the magnificent Melk Abbey, still exist today and are well worth a visit.

A destination few may even notice as they scream through on their way from Vienna to Salzburg, St Pölten may be Lower Austria’s capital but it retains a drowsy atmosphere.

See

Viehofner Seen – The Lakes

These lakes are the remainders of an abandoned gravel mine. As there exists suitable infrastructure (public transport, pubs) it is a nice place to hang out.

Wochenmarkt at Domplatz – The Weekly Market

This is the place where to by local food directly from the producers. It is also possible to by flowers and specialties, such as local sweets. Visiting the market is a nice activity perfectly combined with spending some time in the near located streetgardens.

Market Opening Hours: all year round with varying activity each Thursday and Saturday from 07:00 to 12:30

Klangturm – Tower of Sounds

This is a nice place to get a view of the city from above. Sometimes there are exhibitions in the so called “Klangkugeln” (sound spheres) which are worth a visit.

Opening Hours: all year round; Monday to Saturday from 08:00 to 18:00 and Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00; admission free! Also see: Website of the Location (German)

Do

Go to Mariazell using the Mariazeller Bahn. The trip of 85km takes about 2.5hrs. This route is not only one of the first in Austria to become fully electrified (in 1911), some of the train engines from that time are still in operation (this is a world record). Beside of the impressive scenery, the tracks’ arrangement is pretty ingenious because of the vast differences in altitude that have to be overcome.

When buying a ticket check if the train engines are of type “1099”, which are the world record ones, so that you know the true promise of the Mariazeller Bahn.

Culture and objects of interest

Theatres

Museums

  • Diocese museum St. Pölten
  • Museum im Hof
  • Lower Austrian state museum
  • Lower Austrian documentation institute for modern art
  • Private museum “Wilhelmsburger ornament and utensil dishes”
  • City museum St. Pölten

Others

  • Repertory theatre Cinema Paradiso
  • Former synagogue
  • Klangturm (tower), the city’s landmark
  • Stadtsäle (public event hall)
  • Youth culture hall frei.raum
  • VAZ (Veranstaltungszentrum, event-centre)
  • Drunter & Drüber (≈”haywire”; “higgledy-piggledy”; “topsy-turvy”), a pub in the inner city
  • Tonkünstler Orchestra
  • Business Center Niederösterreich
  • Apotheke zum goldenen Löwen (pharmacy since 1545), oldest shop in town, famous baroque facing

Regular events

  • ATP tennis tournament
  • Cinema at the cathedral (Film am Dom)
  • Capital city festival
  • International culture and film festival
  • Parliament festival
  • St Pölten festival weeks “Klangweile
  • St Pölten Höfefest

Contact

Sankt Pölten, Magistratsdirektor Mag. Thomas Dewina
email
magistratsdirektion@st-poelten.gv.at
address
Rathaus, 1. Stock Rathausplatz 1 3100 St. Pölten
phone
+43 2742 333-2000