Waidhofen an der Ybbs
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Waidhofen an der Ybbs

In the 16th century, this charming little town in the Ybbs valley was an important centre of iron processing and arms production. Its medieval old town is dominated by church spires and two towers, remains of the medieval fortifications: the 13thcentury Ybbsturm and the Stadtturm, which was raised by 50 m (164 ft) in 1534 to celebrate the town’s victory over the Turks. Since then, the clock on its north side has shown 11.45am, the hour of victory. The former Capuchin church has an interesting painting by Kremser Schmidt from 1762. Another great attraction is the Museum Regionale, one of the most modern in Lower Austria. E Museum Regionale Oberer Stadtplatz 32. Tel (07442) 511 247. # Easter—26 Oct: 10am—5pm Tue—Sat. & Environs: The Carthusian Marienthron Monastery in Gaming, the most important structure of its kind in Central Europe, was founded in 1332 by Prince Albrecht II. The monks’ cells and the fortified walls with round turrets remain to this day. Its Baroque library has frescoes by the Prague painter Wenzel Lorenz Reiner, his only work on display outside his Czech homeland. Today, the Carthusian monastery is used as a venue for cultural events. One of the best Austrian concert halls, it is much-liked by pianists, and the annual International Chopin Festival is held at Marienthron in late summer. The town also has an interesting Baroque church, several early buildings, St Mary’s column and a pillory.

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