The capital state of Lower Austria, Sankt Polten is a flourishing city with an ancient history that charms visitors with its unique and colorful modern image. Housing the government of Lower Austria, Sankt Polten has a long history of political changes ever since the ancient times. The name of Sankt Polten is derived from Saint Hyppolitus of Rome who brought Christianity to this area. In time, the word suffered several transformations, being once called Sankt Hippolyt, and then the Latin aspect of the word was lost to the advantage of the German pronunciation.
Typical Lower Austrian Village
The oldest part of Sankt Polten was built on the foundation that existed from the ancient times, on the place of the Roman city of Aelium Celtium, developed between the 2nd and the 4th centuries AD. Sankt Polten officially became a city in mid-11th century and it has continued to achieve preeminence ever since. The history of the city is intertwined with the city of Christianity in the area. There are several ancient 8th century monasteries that preserved tradition and which can be admired today, having been reconstructed and extended in time.
Tourists who visit the Sankt Polten Cathedral are surprised to learn its age, the establishment has grown from the early Benedictine Monastery founded here at the end of the 8th century. Not only did it function as a religious institution, but it also used to be an important seat of learning. Austere and majestic, the Cathedral delights tourists by the sacred atmosphere that surrounds it. Organ concerts are special events held on holidays here. Don’t miss one if you get the chance.
There are several buildings where you may notice Sankt Polten’s traditional colours. It is best represented by red and yellow and the coat of arms includes argent and azure. This very coat of arms appears on the seal of the administration magistrates, as well as within the main official buildings in the city. For interesting data on the development of Sankt Polten throughout the centuries, a visit to the Lower Austrian State Museum is a good idea. You may also stop by the Diocese Museum St. Polten to view the various religious exhibits.
Lower Austrian Waterfall
During summer, Sankt Polten is a real example of a modern city bursting with visiting tourists. Two other spots that attract visitors eager to take photos and learn new things, are the Tower and the former Synagogue. The Tower is a Sankt Polten landmark and a fine example of medieval architecture. Open to public visitation, it offers a splendid panoramic view over the city. The latter, is proof of the Jewish community’s past influence and an important element in the urban landscape. The Synagogue now houses non-conventional art representations and artistic performances.
If you’re wondering about special leisure activities and cultural performances, Sankt Polten has plenty of great entertainment. You could go to the Capella Incognita for baroque music shows, to the Drunter & Drunter pub in the old city or to the Tomkustler Orchestra. Furthermore, Sankt Polten is a city of numerous festivals. Besides the regular ATP tournament, highly appreciated by tennis fans, there is the The International Culture and Film Festival, the Parliament Festival and the festival weeks known as Klangweile. During such festive periods, Sankt Polten’s nightlife really comes alive.