Kremsmunster Tourist Attractions
Kremsmünster, some 35km/22mi southwest of Linz in the Krems valley, is famous for its Benedictine abbey (founded in 777), which is visible from afar on its lofty perch above the valley.
Motor Vehicle Museum
About 1.5km/1mi east of Kremsmünster stands Schloss Kremsegg, which houses a motor vehicle museum. There are over 100 vehicles (cars and motorcycles) displayed on four floors, including veteran cars such as a 1910 Mercedes Benz Chauffeur Limousine and a 1913 Audi C 14/35.
Bad Hall, Austria
Bad Hall (388m/1,273ft; pop. 5,000), southeast of Kremsmünster, is a spa with a brine spring containing iodine and bromine; recommended for heart and vascular complaints, it is one of the strongest of its kind in Europe. It has a treatment complex and indoor thermal pool, and is the headquarters of the Paracelus Institute for Iodine Research (1950). Of note are the castle (1645) and the Late Classical town hall; there is also a spa park.
Robert Stolz Operetta Festival
This annual festival runs over six weekends, from late June to early August. There are performances every Friday and Saturday evening in the Kurtheater. The operettas are usually all works of Robert Stolz, but there are also classical concerts with works of other composers.
South of Kremsmünster, off the main road, lies the village of Schlierbach (407m/1,335ft; pop. 2,500), with a Cistercian abbey founded in 1355. The church was rebuilt by P. F. and C. A. Carlone in the late 17th C. in splendid Baroque style, with a sumptuous interior.
To the north of Kremsmünster extends the beautiful and interesting Krems valley. Near Kematen stands Schloss Weyer (13th-14th C.). Neuhofen was the birthplace in 1606 of Georg von Derfflinger, a peasant's son who rose to become a field-marshal in the Brandenburg service (d. 1695). Neuhof is now a popular holiday center. West of the valley, near the motorway, lies Pucking; its St Leonard's Church (15th and 18th C.) has some fine old frescos. Ansfelden, 4km/2.5mi northeast by the motorway, was the birthplace of the composer Anton Bruckner (1824-96). He was cathedral organist in Linz from 1856 and later professor of music at the Vienna Conservatory.
Map of Kremsmunster Attractions