Sankt Pölten is the capital of Niederösterreich (Lower Austria), and lies a brief and mostly uninteresting one hour drive from Vienna, save for the pheasants and hawks that play about the passing fields. Having to be back in Vienna for an evening obligation, a little capital city sightseeing nearby was the perfect way to spend the day.
The city offers up the usual suspects of Baroque this and Renaissance that, as well as the requisite cathedral.
The doors to the cathedral do not compete for tourists like those of Ghiberti’s in Florence, but they were beautiful nonetheless, and the ceiling fresco most impressive.
The weekly farmer’s market was crowded and signs of spring were there for the wishful thinkers, though temperatures were hovering around 0°C.
Cider, bread, and farm snacks. What else does one need?
Sankt Pölten is also home to a synagogue, destroyed in 1938 during Kristallnacht and rebuilt in the 1980s to serve as an institute for Jewish history studies.
The city also hosts a Landesmuseum. Our 2015 Niederösterreich cards afforded us complimentary entrance, and we found the museum and exhibits to be spectacular. (Have I ever mentioned how much I love the NÖ card?) A temporary exhibit on mushrooms taught us that, indeed, Pilze are more than mushrooms. Some mushrooms are used for dying textile fabric and yarns. Who knew?
Even if your German isn’t up to museum touring-snuff, mushroom names can be kind of funny.
We also learned that otters and moose reside in our neighboring state!
Not sure how “pond frog” was translated to “Edible frog,” but we all agreed that the opening sentence made for an amusing description.
Before returning to Vienna we stopped at a local place for lunch. Funny, the places one comes across.
Pub food wasn’t quite our “American way of life” in the U.S., but we all agreed that it was the best we’ve had since hopping across the pond.
Our visit to Sankt Pölten makes it the sixth capital city we have toured in our short tenure here, the others being Eisenstadt (Burgenland), Graz (Steiermark), Salzburg (Salzburg), Innsbruck (Tirol), and of course, Vienna. Each have been different and interesting in their own way, and we’re looking forward to future outings to the remaining capital cities of Linz, Klagenfurt, and Bregenz.