St. Pölten, the youngest of Austria’s capitals, combines a Baroque city centre with modern architecture like no other Austrian city. Stroll through the enchanting Old Town in the morning, and then head over to the fascinating contemporary government district for a striking contrast in architectural styles.
Lower Austria’s capital is the oldest documented city in Austria. The city charter, which was granted in 1159, even makes it one of the oldest cities in all of Europe. The historic city centre goes back mainly to St. Poelten’s golden era during the 17th and 18th century, when its Baroque splendour rivalled that of Vienna. Numerous magnificent buildings by the renowned architect Jakob Prandtauer, who also constructed the magnificent Melk Abbey, still exist today.