Population: 24,000 - The first mention of Krems dates back to 995
Charted in the 12th century, Krems is located at the confluence of the Danube and Krems rivers, 55 miles northwest of Vienna. The sister city relationship between Grapevine and Krems dates back to 1999.
With its more than 1,000-year history, Krems is an age-old witness to Austria's rich wine-making tradition. In tracing the city's history, we pass through the Middle Ages to the Roman and Celtic Eras and beyond to the Early Stone Age. The cultivation of grapes and wine-making have been closely linked to the settlement of the Krems region since time immemorial. Grapes of superb quality thrive in the vineyards of Krems, however, classic Krems varieties are Gruner Veltliner and Riesling.
There are not many cities in Austria which can offer such a great variety in cultural, historical or culinary offers as the attractive "double town" of Krems-Stein. Located in the eastern-most part of the Wachau valley, the town - more than 1000 years old - impresses its visitors with historical buildings in the old town centre, having been declared "World Heritage" by UNESCO in 2000.
Enjoy the different faces of the town when walking through the old town, marked by shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
Due to the realization of the "Kremser Kunstmeile" (art mile), Krems has set yet another sign of its cultural importance. An extensive sports offer combined with numerous large events (the annual Wachau-marathon, including more than 10.000 participants), adds to the existing range of possibilities.
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