Sankt Pölten

Travel Guide Europe Austria Lower Austria Sankt Pölten

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Introduction

Sankt Pölten is since 1986 the capital of the Austrian state Lower Austria with a population of about 55,000. It was a Roman town until about 450 AC, from the 9th century in there was a monastery and in the 12th century the town was built again, one of the oldest towns in Austria.

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Sights and Activities

The mostly baroque city centre with the cathedral and the Franziskaner monastery, the Jugendstil Synagoge and the Olbrich House, is worth a visit.
There is also a new government area with the Landhaus (local parliament), Klangturm (viewing tower), Landesmuseum etc.

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Events and Festivals

The Frequency Festival is held since 2009 (was before in Vienna and Salzburg) in mid August.

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Getting There

By Plane

The nearest international airport is the airport of Vienna: Vienna International Airport (VIE) It is the main hub of Austrian Airlines and services flights from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

By Train

Check the website of ÖBB (Österreiche Bundesbahn) for more information and timetables.
Westbahn is running trains from Salzburg, via Linz, to Vienna.

By Car

St. Pölten lies along the A1 West Autobahn, that runs from Salzburg, via Linz, to Vienna.

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Getting Around

By Public Transport

LUP City Bus (LUP StadtBus), ☎ +43 2742 252360-2, e-mail: lup@st-poelten.gv.at. Tickets are available in Trafik shops, City Hall (by the tourist information office), and in the bus information center at the train station. A schedule and route map are available for download. Single trip: €2 (adults), €1.10 (concessions); day ticket: €4.50; week ticket: €11.50; month ticket: €36; block of 5 tickets: €7.50.

By Bike

Nextbike (bicycle rental), ☎ +43 2742 22 99 01 (hotline). After registration (online or by mobile), pick up a bicycle at any Nextbike location, and drop it off at the same or any other Nextbike spot. A map of pickup and drop-off points can be found here; a brochure with map is available for download. €1/hr, €10/day; free for the first ½ hr.

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Eat

  • Café Schubert, Herrenplatz 1, ☎ +43 650 80 89 480, fax: +43 2742 34 324, e-mail: info@cafeschubert.at. M-Sa 08:00-24:00, Su and holidays 09:30-24:00.

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Sleep

  • St. Pölten Youth Hostel (Jugendherberge St. Pölten), Bahnhofplatz 1a/4 (across from the train station), ☎ +43 2742-32196, fax: +43 2742 32801, e-mail: office.3100@hostel.or.at. €19+ including breakfast.
  • Stadthotel Hauser Eck, Schulgasse 2, ☎ +43 2742 73336, fax: +43 2742 7333 666, e-mail: office@hausereck.at. Check-in: 15:00-21:00, check-out: 08:00-10:30. Free Wi-Fi, pets permitted by request, public parking €9/day. €90+.

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafes are common in bigger cities. Hotels in cities do normally have internet terminals, more expensive hotels provide internet access directly in the rooms. There are many free WiFi Hotspots and quite a few restaurants, cafes and other places offers free wifie. McDonald's has free Wifi, as does Starbucks. Note that some places might charge a fee or includes just limited amounts of time. Be sure that your smartphone is not roaming data, as this will mean a huge bill, especially if you are from outside the EU.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The general emergency number is 112.The country calling code to Austria is: 43. To make an international call from Austria, the code is: 00.

Austria has a perfect GSM and 3G (UMTS) network coverage of nearly 100%. If you bring your own cell phone with you assure yourself that it operates on 900 MHz / 1800 MHz (GSM) or 2100Mhz (3G WCDMA). There are cell phones that operate at 1900 MHz (e.g. networks in the United States) which are not supported in Austria. If you plan a longer visit in Austria it might be useful to buy a new mobile with a prepaid card from a local cell phone network provider. Be aware that some remote areas (especially mountainous areas) do not have network coverage yet, though this rather the exception than the rule.Austria has a large number of cell network providers including A1, T-Mobile, Drei, Telering, Bob, Hot and Yesss. Bob, and Yesss have the lowest prices. Prepaid card costs €15 including 100 minutes talking time.

Post

For more information, it is best to check the Austrian Postal Service. They have more information about posting letters, postcards and packages to places both in Austria and to other countries in Europe and intercontinental destinations. The standard price for sending domestic letters/postcards is €0.55. Within Europe the price is €0.65, other places in the world are €0.90 to €1.40 for standard letters and postcards. Post offices typically are open between 8:00am and 6:00pm Monday to Friday, though the main ones are sometimes open a few hours longer and on Saturdays (sometimes only mornings) as well. If you want to send parcels internationally, you might consider using an international company like DHL, TNT, UPS or FedEx, as they offer fast and reliable services at relatively affordable rates.

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