Varied city holidays in St. Pölten

St. Pölten is not only the oldest town in Austria, but also the capital city of Lower Austria. The long history of St. Pölten is reflected in the unique structure of the city. Many buildings in Baroque and Art Nouveau style characterise the old town and refer to the magnificent architecture of centuries long gone by. However, great present-day architects have also provided the city with modern buildings perfectly fitted into the townscape. This means that there is no strict separation between the present and the past. The culture and leisure time program in St. Pölten is very diverse and there are plenty of possibilities to discover the town every time anew. Furthermore, the FM4 Frequency Festival, known all around the world, takes place once a year in Austria and attracts high-class international artists.

Discover the diversity of St. Pölten

The capital of Lower Austria perfectly combines the old cultural city with modern lifestyle. Modern buildings in the Landhausviertel district perfectly blend in the historic picture of the old town. Exactly this diversity is perfect for a weekend trip to St. Pölten in order to discover all facets of the city. The cultural program and many sights make your city trip particularly colorful – you will not get bored. Austria’s second largest shopping passage invites you to take a look at the various shops. Concerts, festivals and other cultural offers ensure that there is something for everyone. Furthermore, the sights of the city such as the cathedral and the old town hall are worth a visit. Many guests also find the State Museum of Lower Austria particularly interesting as it shows art, culture and nature alike. In summer, St. Pölten offers leisure time pleasures with the Viehofner lakes and Ratzedorfersee Lake in the middle of the city. Furthermore, there are sports facilities available for a relaxing day in the water. The clear waters are not only a pleasure for people, but also for rare birds as they regularly hatch at the shores of the lakes – this is a sign for the intact nature in this area. As soon as the sun sets, pubs and clubs are the point of attraction in order to enjoy nightlife in St. Pölten.
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1 Lake in St. Pölten

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Magic Advent in St. Pölten

Christmas time is a reflective time in Austria. Especially the old towns show their individual beauty as they are nicely decorated for the upcoming Christmas celebrations – lights and candles are lit everywhere. St. Pölten is also ablaze with light in Advent. Furthermore, the traditional Christmas markets with the many different stalls await guests. They sell traditional handicraft products as well as culinary delights. And the waiting time for Christmas passes a lot quicker with a glass of mulled wine or hot punch. Music and various events ensure that visiting the Christmas market is always a great experience.
But St. Pölten is worth a visit, not only in the magic Christmas time. The capital city of Lower Austria is in a central location with several ski resorts nearby, such as the Hochkar skiing area, which convinces with its white slopes and a unique winter landscape also when there is little snow in general. Slopes for different ability levels and perfectly prepared slopes ensure true winter pleasures for your holiday.

More detailed information provided by the Tourist Board

Austria´s oldest town and youngest federal capital Whether for a day or for a week, a stop in St. Pölten is always worth your time. There is hardly any other town offering as many contrasts as St. Pölten. Discover our treasures along a stroll through the old town with its former Baroque and art nouveau buildings or the hyper modern governmental and cultural district...

The following is true of a vivid experience in the youngest federal capital of Austria:

- magnificent buildings in Baroque and art nouveau style
- a whole range of modern style buildings
- a varied cultural event programme over the whole course of the year with a proper cultural district
- St. Pölten as a shopping district with the second largest pedestrian zone of Austria
- "Lake experience" (3 in the middle of the town), four recreational zones nearby and 46 natural monuments
- 192 km of walk ways for jogging and walking, 120 km of cycling routes
- direct connection to the Traisental cycling route (access from the Danube cycling route via St. Pölten to Mariazell)
- large offer in terms of gastronomy and accommodation
- central location of St. Pölten in Lower Austria - ideal as a starting point for excursions into the surroundings

Culture town St. Pölten

The federal capital St. Pölten offers a vast variety of cultural events throughout the whole year. A detailed listing can be found in the menu section Events.

Culture town St. Pölten

The federal capital St. Pölten offers a vast variety of cultural events the whole all year round. A detailed listing can be found in the menu section Events.
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Climate & Weather

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Travel Route & Address

From Germany: direction Salzburg - motorway A1 "Westautobahn" to St. Pölten
From Italy: motorway A2 "Südautobahn" via Villach-Graz to Vienna - motorway
A1 "Westautobahn" to St.Pölten or motorway A21 "Außenringautobahn"
to motorway A1 or via the pass "Brennerpass" to Innsbruck - Salzburg
- motorway A1 "Westautobahn"
From Switzerland: tunnel "Arlbergtunnel" - motorway A12 "Inntalautobahn" -
Innsbruck - Salzburg - motorway A1
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From Germany, Italy, Switzerland: Railway track "Westbahnstrecke" via Salzburg
to St.Pölten or railway track "Südbahnstrecke" to Southern Vienna -
fast train to railway station "Wien Westbahnhof" - Vienna - St.Pölten
Airports: Vienna Schwechat approx. 80 km
Linz approx. 120 km
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Rathausplatz 1
3100 St. Pölten, Austria