With its 2,800 inhabitants Grein is one of the smallest towns in Austria. All Gothic buildings were destroyed in a fire in the 15th century. The houses around the city square mostly date back to a time between 1550 and 1600. The city hall houses a magnificent rococo theater. It has largely remained unchanged. It now features summer plays and concerts. On the west side of the town, you will find the Castle Greinburg on the Hohenstein Peak. In 1597, a Renaissance courtyard was added to the building, which is now used for annual concerts and operas in the months of August and September. Grein’s history is closely tied to the Danube River. The city became very wealthy over the centuries, which is evident in its elaborate and beautiful architecture.
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The little town Grein impresses visitors with its beautiful old houses, but also with its Castle Greinburg, which now houses the Upper Austrian Shipping Museum, and the oldest Baroque theatre still in use in Austria, dating to the late 18th century.
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Grein, Austria – This stately gothic city dates back to the 11th century, and is home to the oldest theater in Austria. A stop here is a genuine trip back in time.
A cruise down the Danube allows you to travel in elegance and comfort, while visiting some of Europe’s most important cultural centers and charming towns that emerged centuries ago along its fertile banks. You only need to unpack once, as the boat becomes your traveling home for the week. You can look forward to seven days of being leisurely transported through beautiful scenery, getting on and off the boat at your leisure at the ports described above, enjoying wonderful meals and observing and participating in festive events.
Afterwards, an excursion to nearby Salzburg, Austria is a must. The city is only a short two-hour drive from Passau. There’s also frequent train service between these two cities. Salzburg is Mozart’s birthplace, and this charming city of Bavarian design hosts many cultural and musical events.
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