The Industrieviertel (industry district) south of Vienna is the economic heart of Lower Austria
The Industrieviertel (industry district) south of Vienna is, as the name suggests, the economic heart of Lower Austria. Its proximity to Vienna and the adjoining states of the former Eastern Block coupled with the well-developed infrastructure have enabled one of the most dynamic economic regions in Austria to emerge. However, the region is also known for its picturesque towns along the 'Thermenlinie', a geological fault line whose hot thermal springs have given rise to a spa culture.
Municipality of Baden
However, not only Baden, but also Bad Vöslau and Bad Fischau, can boast sulphurous thermal springs and utterly bewitching open air baths and pools dating from the end of the 19th century.
Citynet Bad Vöslau
To the west of Vienna, running north to south, are the Woods of Vienna or 'Wienerwald' , the capital´s green lung and marvellous recreational area. Outstanding places to visit include the 'Helenental' and Mayerling, the former castle of Crown Prince Rudolf who died under mysterious circumstances. To the south, the Semmering borders the Industrieviertel. This mountain-massif a mere hour from Vienna by car is a delightful area for recreation, hiking and winter sports thanks to its impressive alpine scenery. During the final phase of the Habsburg monarchy many intellectuals, artists and aristocrats used to spend their holidays there and their legacy is still visible in the many villas from the turn of the 19th century.
To the north, the Danube borders the Industrieviertel; along its banks, Carnuntum is worth a mention as it was the most important Roman settlement in Austria. In addition to a legion's camp, this 'Pompeii of Austria' contained an amphitheatre which could hold 8,000 people. The Carnuntum archaeological park is to be found at Bad Deutsch-Altenburg, close to the Slovakian border, which has been a famed bathing and spa resort since the monarchy.
Archeological Site CarnuntumA little further down the Danube lies Hainburg, a picturesque little town which forms a good starting point for a trip into the Donau-Auen National Park on the opposite side of the river. From here it is but a short drive to Bratislava, the Slovakian capital, a few kilometres further down the Danube.
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