The UK is a cider-loving nation, but it may come as a surprise that Lower Austria's Mostviertal (cider region) boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. Trip Tip: Take a leisurely drive along the winding 200km panoramic Cider Route with many themed stops along its way.
The Cider Route is a circular route, beginning in St. Pantaleon
/ St. Valentin
in the north-west of Lower Austria’s 'Mostviertel'
– Austria’s famous cider region. The route winds its way through orchard-covered hills before returning to its starting-point. Its length totals some 200 kilometres.
In autumn the apples and pears that grow here are picked, then washed, crushed and pressed and finally left to ferment for six weeks. After fermentation, the juice is filtered off and is then ready for drinking. By this stage it has acquired the designation ”Most
” (cider) which has lent its name to the whole region. The Mostviertel is Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards
. In spring the pear trees transform the undulating hillsides into a sea of blossoms. And throughout the year the fruit feature prominently in the region’s culinary traditions.
Following the Cider Route
is perhaps the best way to appreciate the great scenic beauty and cultural richness of this region. The panoramic route
, 200km long and clearly signposted, links up 20 cider inns, 21 cider taverns, 24 farms selling their produce directly, and a number of panorama points affording a spectacular view
of the surrounding countryside. There are theme hiking paths to explore, and several instructional routes taking you to attractive excursion destinations on foot or by bicycle.For further information about cider in Austria, please visit: www.mostbaron.atHIGHLIGHT:
Seitenstetten Abbey and its Rose Garden
The neat, inviting market town of Seitenstetten
in the heart of the Mostviertel traces its documented history back to the year 1109. The Benedictine Abbey dates from three years later. The work of the great Baroque architect Josef Mungenast
and of Master Builder Gotthard Hayberger
, the abbey ranks as one of the most spectacular sights along the Cider Route
. The Gothic Abbey Church, the Romanesque Baronial Chapel, the Marble Hall, the opulent library and the staircase with its fresco by Bartolomeo Altomonte bear witness to a long and proud history.Further information: www.diegaerten.at