Pleasure walks in the Kremstal
Our hiking tip: experience four interactively designed pleasure walk paths. Using the Pleasure Walk-App and special presentations in video form find out all about cheese, grilling, honey, coffee, fruit wines and ciders and chocolate.
Places & Towns in the Upper Kremstal Region
This little community with a big history is located at the edge of the Alpine foothills in the charming landscape of the Upper Kremstal.
The community has been shaped by the Cistercian Monastery which shares its name. Schlierbach Monastery has some of the most magnificent ecclesiastical interiors to be found anywhere in Austria, it also has a cheese dairy open to visitors, a glass painting workshop housing the Margret-Bilger Gallery, an Educational Centre and the Joys of Food Centre. Despite the sheer splendour of its cultural offerings, Schlierbach has still managed to maintain the atmosphere of a friendly little village. The enchanting combination of nature, the arts and the joys of food are found here. What’s more the many people who come here are not merely visitors, but participants in all the wonderful things that nature offers. This is the place for a voyage of discovery with children, for watching the wild life, for walking, hiking, getting active and meeting the local people with their great natural charm, or simply for relaxing and putting aside the workaday world.
First mentioned as a market community in chronicles of the year 1111 it was raised to town status in 1975.
Conveniently sized, but not too small and set in fine natural surroundings with a very central position, Kirchdorf is urban but with a refreshingly rural feel and has a great deal to offer of all those things that mean quality of life.
The dominant parish church with its imposing Baroque tower, a remarkable winged altar and an altogether beautiful southern portal gave the community its name – Kirchdorf, or “church village”. The cultural life of this town is astonishing in variety and quality and the attempt is made with great success to cover every area of the arts and entertainment.
Furthermore Kirchdorf is the only community in the entire district with its own cinema. Kirchdorf is proud to be the shopping centre for the broad surrounding region and not only has everything in easy reach, but also the best in service, an excellent range of shops and its very own special flair. The weekly market is on Mondays and the fresh products market is on Fridays and both bring a very busy atmosphere to the town. The sports facilities include outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a sauna and steam baths, tennis (also indoors), a fitness centre, hiking paths, a running and walking arena, asphalt and curling tracks and an ice skating rink.
Kirchdorf brings all good things to the table - it has its very own tasty down-to-earth home cookery and a famous chocolate speciality plus an equally celebrated hot sausage fresh “from the kettle”. Every August Kirchdorf presents its own lively festival, the “Stadtspektakel”
An early Christian church was built on the Georgenberg in the 4th century.
The remains of this building can be seen in the Wedding Chapel on the Georgenberg hill.
This is a very popular destination for days out, not least because it is considered to be a place of power. Every two years (at the end of April) the mounted “Georgiritt” procession is held. The riders at the popular equestrian spectacle wear magnificent antique costumes and decorate their horses for the ride through the streets of the community and on up to the Georgenberg hill. Micheldorf experienced a period of great prosperity and prominence from the 16th to the 19th century because of the enormous importance of the scythe industry. Altpernstein Castle built in the 11th century is the emblem and symbol of the town. The castle keep, the chapel and the magnificent view from the terrace are all well worth seeing. Micheldorf is very well equipped for sports and leisure activities: the Alpine Pool has a natural swimming pond, there are also numerous walking paths and a walking arena, riding stables and a riding hall, a glider airfield, a fitness centre, a sauna, a recreation park with skittles and tennis courts. Snow a cross country skiing track is marked out (approx. 14 km) whenever plenty of snow falls and this links Micheldorf and Kirchdorf. Nature lovers flock here to admire the Himmelreich biotope (this is especially rewarding in May and June) and the source area of the River Krems is another delightful natural attraction.
Stop by to see the Madonna of Inzersdorf.
The landscape around Inzersdorf is ideal for hiking and biking. There are plenty of well-marked paths for cycling and walking that take you direct to the sights, for example the »1000 old oak« natural monument. You can see Austria’s first and only »wilderness wood exhibition« at Gasthof Beer in Inzersdorf/Magdalenaberg. Amazing natural wood exhibits are on show here from May to October and on request. Art lovers must see the »Inzersdorf Madonna« dating from around 1430
– it is displayed in the Marienkirche church and is one of the finest »beautiful
Madonna« style figures anywhere in Austria. Numerous pilgrimages start from Inzersdorf, a traditional centre of Maria devotion.
A gem set in a natural landscape with magnificent panorama views.
Oberschlierbach is situated on the crest of the heights separating the valleys of the two rivers the Krems and the Steyr. This quiet little community is the place to go for anyone seeking leisurely relaxation in natural surroundings. Oberschlierbach is famous for its beautifully serene and clear autumn days. The spectacular panorama from here is incomparable, the whole of the Pyhrn-Priel mountain range can be seen together with a superb view of the Alpine foothills.