The youngest provincial capital - that of Lower Austria - boasts a long historical tradition. Its municipal charter goes back to the 12th century, but St. Pölten really experienced its heyday in the 17th century. One of the most striking features of the capital of Lower Austria today is its hypermodern government district, and directly adjacent is the equally modern cultural district with its futuristic Festspielhaus, where world-renowned musicians and dance companies perform regularly.
St. Pölten possesses several delightful old town squares - the Herrenplatz, Rathausplatz and Riemerplatz - adorned with beautiful Baroque and Jugendstil facades. The town hall, the Romanesque cathedral and the one-time Jugendstil synagogue are also well worth a visit. Take a look at the modern architecture of the Government Quarter and Cultural District in contrast, the Festival Hall in particular.
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