Kremstal is the region along the Danube bordering the eastern end of the Wachau, encompassing the towns of Krems itself, Stein and Und.

Kremstal is named after the town of Krems, one of the oldest wine towns in Austria. East of the Wachau and with its steep terraced vineyards, Kremstal is where the Danube valley suddenly opens up into an open plain with gently rolling hills. The main wine producing towns are Göttweig, Furth, Gedersdorf, Rohrendorf and Senftenberg.

One of the oldest wine centres in Austria, Krems has always been associated with wine, and its mediaeval character has been very well preserved. Today one can stroll through its narrow romantic streets taking in the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.

The 2,170 hectares of vines in the Kremstal produce wines dominated by Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, grown on primary granite rock in the west and clay and limestone (loess) in the east and south. Notable vineyards include the Kremser Pfaffenberg below the Baroque Monastery at Göttweig.

The wines tend to be elegant with rich fruity bouquets. Grüner Veltliners are very approachable with soft fruit and a pepper note.

Primary rock and mainly loess is found around the traditional wine city of Krems.

Christianity and spirituality

Ancient places of worship, pilgrimage and pilgrim trails, monasteries, chapels and monuments of nature. The Upper Krems Valley is a special region with mystical attraction which has always been an ideal environment for a spiritual retreat. The theme of life is the deep spiritual force that has existed here for centuries and still continues unabated. Since 1868, the SchlierbacherInnen pilgrimage every year on the first Sunday in July is for the miraculous image of the " Mutter zum guten Ruf “ (roughly - Mother to the reputation) of Altpernstein Castle. This long-standing tradition of the theme of life is continued and designed by, and with, young people at Altpernstein Castle. Themes of birth and death connect to the suffering and death of Jesus on the cross. Eight stations with thoughts and reflections on the subject of life and growth constitute the antithesis of suffering and death on Calvary.

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