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Krems

During the 11th and 12th centuries, Krems, then known as Chremis, was a serious rival to Vienna. Today, this attractive town on the left bank of the Danube, together with neighbouring Stein, is a popular destination. Visitors are enchanted by the beautiful architecture of its town houses and courtyards, which give Krems a southern, Italian feel. There are remains of the old town walls, but the greatest attraction is the late-Gothic Piaristenkirche, an imposing Piarist church built on the foundations of an older church. It boasts a beautiful Baroque altarpiece by the local artist Johann Martin Schmidt, known as Kremser Schmidt. The Veitskirche, the parish church of St Veit, is the earliest Baroque church in Austria, the work of the Ciprian Biasin. The former Dominican abbey has a lovely early-Gothic cloister; it is now the History Museum. Krems also has a Renaissance town hall and the vast, 13thcentury Gozzoburg, a palace built by Judge Gozzo. The Minoritenkirche, the Church of the Minorite Monks in Stein dates from the same period. It is adorned with 14th-century paintings of the Virgin Mary on a throne. The parish church of St Nicholas has beautiful ceiling frescoes and an altarpiece painted by Kremser Schmidt.

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