Amidst the gentle hilly countryside along the Moststraße (Perry Road) tourist route, the vineyards of the Traisen Valley and the wild alpine scenery along the Eisenstraße (Iron Road) tourist route there's lots to discover in the treasure chest that is the Mostviertel. The region fascinates visitors with its rich history, remarkable art treasures and culinary temptations of all kinds.
The Mostviertel is the cradle of Austria. In the year 996, Emperor Otto gifted the area surrounding today's Neuhofen/Ybbs to the Bishopric of Freising. It was this region, "Ostarrichi“ as it was called at the time, that later became modern Austria.
Mild & wild, earth & fire
The Mostviertel is a land of two faces: mild, gently rolling hills south of the River Danube and a wild mountain landscape on the border with Styria. Earth and fire still shape the region today.
The gentle, fertile land
The perry pears the locals use to produce their unique perries thrive on the rolling hills. Red and white grapes ripen in the Traisen Valley, close to the Danube, while scarlet Cornelian cherries flourish in the picturesque Pielach Valley.
The rugged mountain country surrounding the Ötscher, Hochkar, Dürrenstein, Gippel and Göller was once the stamping ground of the "Black Earls". The Eisenstraße (Iron Road) tourist route follows in their footsteps today. Lovers of mountain adventure will find challenges aplenty here, in summer as well as in winter.
The highly diverse natural landscape thrills and inspires. Imposing abbeys and churches offer places for quiet contemplation, while pilgrims' trails criss-cross the valleys, leading to Mariazell or one of the numerous other pilgrimage sites.