Stone Age finds make it one of the oldest Austrian cities. In its function as state capital, however, it is still considered comparatively young. Since 1986 she has been allowed to describe herself as such and to act in accordance with her office. Another important stage in the impressive history of the town in the foothills of the Lower Austrian Alps, which began 3000 years before Christ and continued at the end of the 1st century with the emergence of the Roman city of Aelium Cetium. The city of St. Pölten was founded in the early Middle Ages. It is named after the "Monastery of Saint Hippolytus". Bishop Konrad von Passau was responsible for the elevation of St. Pölten to the city in 1159. The 17th and 18th centuries are considered a particularly creative epoch in which some of the most important baroque buildings of St. Pölten were built. The façade of the town hall, Carmelite church, cathedral and aristocratic palaces are just some of the impressive testimonies from this period that can still be admired today. In the course of Josephine's reforms, St. Poelten became a political centre in 1785. After the conquest by Napoleon, a drastic increase in the population began with increasing industrialisation. During the Nazi regime and the subsequent Russian occupation, this came to a standstill, but continued after 1955, among other things, through incorporation.
St. Pölten has made a name for itself in many respects. In 1999 the city was awarded the plaque of honour of the Council of Europe in recognition of its commitment to promoting international relations and town twinning. The European Prize was awarded on 26 April 2001. Since their appointment as state capital, those responsible in St. Pölten have concentrated on making their jewel on the Traisen River even more attractive and modern. Besides classical sights such as the old town hall, the cathedral church and the Olbrich house, the sound tower and festival hall invite you to an experience of acoustic excellence. The sound tower, for example, extends over three floors including sound spheres and a viewing platform. The Landesmuseum Niederösterreich also represents the new, modern and innovative face of the young state capital. Because here, history takes on an extremely vivid form in the form of multimedia worlds of experience.
St. Pölten offers its guests the entire spectrum of accommodation. From hotels to holiday apartments and private rooms, everything you could wish for in terms of both price and comfort is represented here. The charming guesthouses, which offer all amenities in a small but fine style, are particularly popular. The same applies to shopping pleasure. Because here, too, the multi-faceted offer is overwhelming. In the historically rich old town there are primarily small exclusive shops in which a lot of handmade items are offered. Several important activities can be combined here. Apart from unclouded shopping experiences, the different architectural styles of well-preserved facades and buildings can be admired. And if you wish to relax after all these impressions, you have the possibility to stop in one of the small, cosy coffee houses to indulge yourself with one of the legendary Austrian specialities. If, on the other hand, you want a little more variety, it is advisable to note down the different events that take place every year. These include the International Culture and Film Festival, the St. Pölten Folk Festival and the Holi Festival of Colours. The Museum of Lower Austria also offers an interesting mixture of nature and culture, including the zoo. Numerous hiking and running trails along the Traisen are waiting for particularly active guests.