Schloss zu Spitz

Schlossgasse 3
A-3620 Spitz / Wachau       Directions and further information

Spitz is situated in the heart of the Wachau and is defined by the history and landscape of the River Danube. For a long time the river was the vital economic lifeline for the local population.

Today, alongside tourism, the town basks in its reputation as a wine-growing region with vines cultivated along the steep dry-stone wall terraces.

The Tausendeimerberg is a striking landmark in the centre of the town. Historical buildings such as the church, maritime museum and the ruin of the Hinterhaus define the town’s skyline. The European Literature Days main venue is the revitalized “Schloss zu Spitz”. The contemporary building originates from the Renaissance period. The remains of a Protestant chapel bear witness to the town’s eventful history. Magnificent portals and niches decorated with stucco and paintings as well as Gothic frescoes uncovered during restauration works attest to the castle’s ancient heritage.

Klangraum Krems Minoritenkirche

Minoritenplatz 4
A-3500 Krems/ Stein       Directions and further information

The Minoritenkirche Stein, which was first consecrated in the 13th century, has been secularized since the end of the 18th century. The Gothic church has since had various uses over the years – as a salt and tobacco warehouse or as an equipment depot for the volunteer fire service in Stein.

Since the early 1990s the wonderfully atmospheric space with wall frescoes dating from the 14th century has been designated as an “art space”. The European Literature Days opening event is held in this acoustic space of the Klangraum Minoritenkirche Krems.


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