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covered courtyard of the castle of Weitra

Culture

A holiday in the Waldviertel is often associated with nature and recreation. But also guests who want to see some cultural sites or events, will find a great variety. Many places or events are especially open during summer time.

You can choose from theatre performances, concerts, exhibitions, interesting guided tours or museums. Come and see the variety of culture in the Waldviertel!

Monasteries

Monasteries were important centres during the Middle Ages in the Waldviertel. Especially the Cistercian monastry of Stift Zwettl or the Benedictine monastry Altenburg were very important for the region. A guided tour through the monastry in Stift Zwettl will show you the Romanesque Gothic cloister, chapterhouse, dormitory and Gothic church. The Baroque church of Altenburg is famous for the frescoes of Paul Troger. Besides the wonderful gardens dedicated to various themes will fascinate you.

 

 

Theatre, Music and Festivals

During July a theatre festival takes place in the courtyard of the Castle of Weitra. While the Herrensee Theater Litschau invites in August. If you are looking for a theatre performance during the other months of the year, we recommend the Waldviertler Hoftheater in Pürbach, which offers edgy performances.

Lovers of organ music will visit the Internationalen Konzerttagen in Stift Zwettl during July. While the Allegro Vivo festival dedicates to chamber music. Many festival sites throughout the whole Waldviertel presents chamber music concerts and  master classes. A different style of music (folk, blues and jazz) can be heard at the Internationale Musikfestin Waidhofen/Thaya. We would also like to mention the Schrammelklang festival in Litschau, which plays music in the Style of the Schrammel brothers and similar traditional Austrian music, the open air folk festival Wackelsteinfestival in Amaliendorf or the Kasumama festival for African culture with workshops, presentations and concerts

Every year around late August the Waldviertel Akademie invites to a colloquy. The theme is always changing, but the importance and being up-to-date is a steady fact.

Ancient buildings and museums

The largest well-preserved moated castle in Lower Austria is the one in Heidenreichstein. Castle Heidenreichstein from the 12th century has never been conquered and therefore grants a fascinating insight into the past.

Castle Weitra has already been mentioned above as stage of a summer theatre festival. But also beside the performances the renaissance castle impresses the visitors by its architecture and exhibitons. And if you are already in Weitra, we recommend to make a tour through this town founded by the medieval Kuenring dynasty. Along your walk you can see beautiful houses and parts of the medieval town wall.

The children and family friendly Waldviertel Art Museum shows an annually changing exhibition, invites to various creative courses and shows you a good impression into the relations between art and nature.

Castle Rosenau inherits the Freemasonry museum, which gives insight into the fascinating organisation.

Potatoes are a very important ingredient in the traditional cuisine of the Waldvirtel. A small museum in Schweiggers , called Waldviertler Erdäpfelwelt shows more about this plant.

And if you like to learn more about Waldenstein and its history as place of pilgrimage, you only have to walk a few steps to visit the Wallfahrts- und Gemeindemuseum opposite the church.