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Glatt&Verkehrt © Florian Schulte

Glatt & Verkehrt Festival in Krems

Every year since 1997 artists from all over the world have been coming to Krems and vicinity to explore their own musical roots in an innovative, off-beat, and often surprising manner.

“Glatt&Verkehrt” is Austria’s largest festival for traditional music from all over the globe. The covered courtyard of the Winzer Krems winery, with its marvellous views of the city, the Danube River, and Göttweig Abbey, is the festival’s main performance venue.

While the sounds of Latin-American rhythms, hammered dulcimer, and free-bass accordions fill the air, fine wines emerge from the cellars, and delectable regional foods are served in the adjacent tent area. The Baroque Göttweig Abbey, perched high above the Danube, is the home of the music workshop, which offers classes to students for two weeks. The arcade courtyard of the Minorite monastery in Stein has now joined the Klangraum Krems in the Minorite church as a charming new open-air venue for festival events.

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The main purpose of the two main domains and is the promotion of Austria as a holiday destination.