Sankt Pölten

Sankt Pölten is the capital and largest city of the Lower Austria region in Austria. It has a rich history dating back to Roman times, with many historic buildings and landmarks to explore. The city is known for its vibrant cultural scene, with museums, galleries, and theaters showcasing local talent.

Sankt Pölten also offers beautiful parks and green spaces, making it a charming and relaxing place to visit.

Places to visit

Key Phrases

Speak like a local

  • "Guten Tag" - Good day
  • "Auf Wiedersehen" - Goodbye
  • "Bitte" - Please
  • "Danke" - Thank you
  • "Entschuldigung" - Excuse me

Day plans

Spend a day exploring around

day 1

Exploring Old Town

morning:Start your day with a visit to the St. Pölten Cathedral, a magnificent example of Baroque architecture. Next, wander through the charming cobblestone streets of the Old Town before having a delightful breakfast at Café Restaurant Rathauskeller.

afternoon:Head to the Landesmuseum Niederösterreich to learn about the region's history. Afterward, enjoy a traditional Austrian meal at Gasthaus Meier.

evening:Experience the lively atmosphere of Domplatz, where you can find a variety of bars and pubs offering a great night-out.

day 2

Nature and Relaxation

morning:Spend the morning at Viehofner Seen, a beautiful lake district just outside the city. Take a leisurely walk along the lakeshore and savor the tranquility of nature. To start the day, grab a fresh and healthy breakfast at Café Gloriette.

afternoon:Visit the St. Pölten Synagogue, a significant historical site, and then enjoy a pleasant lunch at Grünzeug.

evening:Unwind with a rejuvenating spa visit at the Ratzersdorfer See Thermal Bath for a perfect evening of relaxation.

day 3

Cultural Delights

morning:Start your day with a visit to the Arnulf Rainer Museum to admire modern art in a fascinating setting. Follow it up with a delicious brunch at the L'Osteria Sankt Pölten.

afternoon:Explore the beautiful baroque gardens of Schlosspark and then indulge in a delightful coffee at Konditorei & Café Holztrattner.

evening:Catch a captivating theatrical performance at the Bühne im Hof theater for an evening filled with cultural enrichment.

day 4

Culinary Adventure

morning:Embark on a culinary tour at the Wochenmarkt St. Pölten, where you can explore a variety of fresh produce and local specialties before enjoying a delightful breakfast at Kaffeehaus Fürst.

afternoon:Join a guided tour of the Gschiel Chocolate Manufactory and indulge in delectable chocolate delights. For lunch, try the authentic Austrian cuisine at Gasthaus Weinorgel.

evening:Savor an evening of fine dining at the elegant Das Johann for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Sankt Pölten Famous Food

Must-Try local dishes

Waldviertler Erdäpfelnidei

A savory dish of potato noodles typically served with sauerkraut and topped with a generous dollop of sour cream. Recommended to try at Gasthaus Schaber and Gasthaus Rumpler.



Sweet pasta dough filled with poppy seeds and sugar, then drizzled with melted butter. Find delectable Mohnnudeln at Gasthaus Goldene Birne and Cafe Resch.

Mostviertler Dirndlknödel

Dumplings made with dirndl, a type of fruit from the cornelian cherry tree, often served with pork and cabbage. Best enjoyed at Gasthaus zur Stadt Horn and Gasthaus Wilder Mann.

Photography Spots in Sankt Pölten

Locations for the best views and photo opportunities


Offers a panoramic view of Sankt Pölten and the surrounding area

Altenberg Cathedral

Provides a picturesque backdrop for photos with its historic architecture

Seasonal Advice

Best times to visit and what to expect in different seasons


Spring is a beautiful time to visit Sankt Pölten, as the flowers are in bloom and the weather is mild. It's a great time for outdoor activities and exploring the city's parks and gardens.


Summer is the peak tourist season in Sankt Pölten, with warm weather and plenty of festivals and events. It's a great time to enjoy outdoor concerts, farmers' markets, and hiking in the surrounding hills.


Autumn brings cooler temperatures and the beautiful colors of fall foliage. It's a great time for scenic drives in the surrounding countryside and visiting local vineyards to taste the new wine.


Winter can be cold in Sankt Pölten, but it's a magical time to visit if you enjoy winter sports. The nearby Alps offer excellent skiing and snowboarding opportunities, and the city itself is decorated for the holidays with Christmas markets and festive events.

Food Markets & Street Food

A food market and street food guide

Stadtbummel Market

Explore this bustling market for a diverse selection of local produce, artisanal cheeses, freshly baked bread, and a variety of street food options. Don't miss the langos, a Hungarian fried bread, and the delightful chimney cake.

Things to do in Sankt Pölten

Unique local experiences...

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