Here is a list of 22 free things to do in Lower Austria. Explore mysterious castle ruins, go for a swim in the Danube river or try some great wine!
1. Hinterhaus Castle Ruin
Hinterhaus Castle Ruin are located on a hill next to Spitz an der Donau. From the highest tower visitors can enjoy an amazing view over the Wachau valley.
2. Dürnstein Castle
Dürnstein castle is a free top destination in the Wachau valley close to the City of Krems. The once mighty fortress was built in 1134.
3. Danube Beach in Weissenkrichen
The Danube Beach in Weissenkirchen is a superb place to spend an afternoon in summer. Additional facilities include a changing room and a shower.
4. Kronsegg Castle Ruin
Kronsegg castle ruin is huge and very impressive. It can be explored for free. Climb the two main towers to have a wonderful view of the surrounding area.
5. Rauhenstein Castle Ruin
The Rauhenstein castle ruin actually consists of two seperate ruins - Rauhenstein and Rauheneck. Climb the 20 meter high keep to enjoy a fantastic view!
6. Senftenberg Castle Ruin
Senftenberg castle ruin is located not far from the city of Krems in Lower Austria. Surrounded by wine yards it is a popular subject for pictures.
7. Rehberg Castle Ruin
Rehberg castle ruin - literally "deer mountain" - is a small stronghold in the city of Krems. A fun place for young adventurers with free access.
8. Strombad Kritzendorf
Experience the flair of the thirties in the Strombad Kritzendorf north of Vienna. Take a swim in the Danube river and visit a local wine tavern.
9. Lake Ottenstein
Beautiful shores, deep blue water and the picturesque castle ruin Lichtenfels - the wonderful lake Ottenstein in Lower Austria is definitely worth a trip.
10. Kollmitz Castle Ruin
On a steep cliff, encircled by a river, lie the remains of the medieval Kollmitz castle ruin. It was once the most important castle in Lower Austria.
11. Schauenstein Castle Ruin
Schauenstein castle ruin is one of the most beautiful ruins in Lower Austria. Situated on a steeply sloping foothill, it offers a great view of the Kamptal.
12. Wine Trail Langenlois
If you enjoy drinking great wine then you will love the wine trail in Langenlois! Immerse yourself in a wine culture that has almost 1.000 years of history.
13. Ferdinandswarte in Wachau Valley
The Ferdinandwarte in the Wachau is frequented by many visitors every year, as this viewpoint offers a very scenic view over the beautiful valley.
14. Weissenkirchen church
A covered staircase leads up to the fortified Weissenkirchen church, not far from the Danube river. The late medieval fortification is largely preserved.
15. Wachau Valley Apricot Trail
The 4.5 kilometers long Wachau valley Apricot Trail is dedicated to the famous Wachau apricot which is said to be a fruit witch a unique taste.
16. Piarist Church Krems
The Piarist Church in Krems on the Danube, also Krems Frauenberg Church, is the oldest church in the city and offers a fantastic view.
17. Hagenbach gorge near Klosterneuburg
Over a lenght of 1.3 kilometers the Hagenbach gorge in St. Andrä-Wördern leads comfortably through the northern part of the Vienna Woods.
18. Falkenstein Nature Park
The Falkenstein Nature Park - Schwarzau is located in the Rax-Schneeberg area near Schwarzau in the mountains and covers an area of 17 hectares.
19. Gudenus Cave
The approximately 30 m long Gudenus cave is located in the west of the city of Krems about 8 m above a riverbed below the castle Hartenstein.
20. Defense Church St. Michael in Wachau Valley
The fortified church St. Michael in Wachau is located at a narrow point where the road on the left bank of the Danube could be well secured.
21. Grafenegg Castle Gardens
The the 300 years old Grafenegg Castle Gardens are the home of rare plants from all over the world as well as architectural masterpieces.
22. Gossam Castle Church
The Burgkircherln Gossam is a small castle church built around 1100 as part of a large castle complex in the Wachau Valley.
More information about Lower Austria on Wikipedia.