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200km (124 miles) W of Vienna; 32km (20 miles) SW of Linz; 105km (65 miles) NE of Salzburg

A flourishing town in Roman times, Wels lies on the left bank of the Traun River in the center of a large farm belt known today for its agricultural fairs. Wels is most often used as a base for exploring the hinterlands, although it has some attractions of its own. In about 1 1/2 hours, you can walk through the town and see all the major sights.