Krems is located 80km (50 miles) west of Vienna and 29km (18 miles) north of St. Pölten. If you're driving from Vienna, drive north along the A22 until it splits into three roads near the town of Stockerau. Here, drive due west along Route 3, following the signs to Krems.
Trains depart from both the Wien Nord Station and the Wien Franz-Josefs Bahnhof for Krems daily every hour or so from 2:30am to 11:30pm (trip time: 60-95 min.). Many are direct, although some require a transfer at Absdorf-Hippersdorf or St. Pölten. For schedules, call tel. 05/1717 in Vienna, or check www.oebb.at. Traveling by bus from Vienna to Krems is not recommended because of the many transfers required. Krems, however, is well connected by local bus lines to surrounding villages.
Between mid-May and late September, the Linz-based Worm & Koeck Donau Schiffahrt GmbH (tel. 0732/783607; www.donauschiffahrt.de) runs river cruises which depart from Vienna every Sunday morning at 7:30am, arriving in Kems around 12:20pm. After a tour through the abbey at Krems, most passengers take any of the frequent trains back to Vienna.
The Krems tourist office, at Undstrasse 6 (tel. 02732/82676; www.krems.at), is open Monday to Friday 9am to 6pm, Saturday 11am to 5pm, Sunday 11am to 4pm.
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