from the Danube to the Alps
is a typically Austrian region in Lower Austria. It is situated about 12 kilometers south-west from Austria’s capital city Vienna. This magically region combines many of the country’s distinctive features: beautiful scenery between the Danube and thee Alps with a rich history and extraordinary cultural treasures. The whole region boasts extremely well-maintained roads, even in the higher altitude areas.
The mild face of the Mostviertel The gently rolling hills south of the river Danube are home of perry and cider produces and schnapps distillers, winegrowers and farmers. More than 30 perry pear varieties thrive in the mild climate along the 200 kilometer Moststrasse (Perry Road) tourist route, a number of which are used by the locals to produce their high-qualitiy, single-variety perries and cider.
On the trail of the metal workers
Five elements – iron, fire, water, wood and earth – have shaped the history and character of the regions surrounding, the Eisenstrasse (iron Road) tourist route. In the Eisenstrasse Culture Park visitors can experience these five elements in a wide variety of different ways as they take an exciting journey back in time. You may visit the historic hammer mills, watch metal workers at work and see how tree trunks were once transported to the saw mills with the aid of water power at the historic log-driving facility.
The Eisenstrasse Culture Park encompasses more than 170 exhibits and themed trails. The village of Ybbsitz with the Mile of Forges and its center of metal courses lies amidst untouched nature – it feels responsible for remembering the historical roots reaching back to the middle ages.
Situated at the gateway of the Mostviertel Mountains and near the village Gaming is the largest Carthusian monastery in Central Europe. It was built in 1342 and secularized in the 18th century. The building complex has been renovated in an exemplary manner and houses remarkable art treasures as well as a comfortable hotel. It lodges also the European campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. Since 1991 over 2000 students from the USA have completed their European semester at that extraordinary place.
Text and photo by Sissi Munz