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St. Pölten (or Sankt Pölten) is the provincial capital of the Austrian state of Lower Austria. Sitting at an elevation of 267m it covers an area of 108.5 km² and is home to 55,000 people. It is one of the oldest cities in Austria.
St. Pölten is located in the norther foothills of the Alps south of Wachau - the Mostviertel.
The city is starting point of a great number of bicycle routes leading to the various Lower Austrian regions, especially Traisental bike trail running from the Danube to Mariazell in Styria.
St. Pölten is not short of sights and destinations, in the following some that should not be missed:
At the town hall square, you find the Franciscan Church, Trinity Column and the city’s landmark: St. Pölten Town Hall. It combines several architectural styles, from Romanesque arches and Gothic recesses to Romanesque inscriptions and Baroque facade.
St. Pölten Cathedral, former Romanesque Basilica refurbished in Baroque style. The "Institut der Englischen Fräulein" (Institute of English Maidens) built by Jakob Prandtauer. Herrenplatz Square with Mariensäule Column, surrounded by important Baroque buildings and home of the weekly market.
St. Pölten also features modern architecture: Ernst Hoffmann designed the St. Pölten government district as well as Landtagsschiff (state parliament) and the 77m Sound Tower on the bank the river Traisen, boasting a fine view of the city.
St. Pölten Festival Hall was designed by Klaus Kada in the 1990s and is the parent house of the Lower Austrian Tonkünstler Orchestra. The concert room offers seats for 1,100 people.
Lower Austria Museum is home to the Museum of Nature and the Museum of History.
Or just take a stroll through the alleys of St. Pölten Old Town.
St. Pölten sees the most rain in June and July , while October is the driest month of the year. June to August is hottest time of the year with average temperatures of 19,8 °C. January is the coldest month with an average of -0,6 °C.
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