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Favorite thing: LOWER AUSTRIA 7,400 sq. miles, pop. 1,473,813

Lower Austria, the country's largest province. Since 1986 St. Pölten (pop. approximately 50,000) is the provincial capital. Lower Austria is traditionally divided into administrative areas known as 'Viertel', which still accounts for such regional designations as the Waldviertel or the Weinviertel (the wood and wine areas). Lower Austria is the province with the highest percentage of its area under cultivation, most of it by agriculture and wine-growing.
The province of Lower Austria is also of major archaeological and artistic interest; there have been significant finds from the Stone Age, like the Venus of Willendorf and from Roman times, the settlement of Carnuntum; monasteries and churches from the Romanesque and Gothic eras and Baroque abbeys and castles provide a vast field of exploration for those interested in the art of later centuries. The Lower Austrian Danube Festival offers major cultural events in a wide range of fields.

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  • Written Sep 7, 2002
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