Steiner Tor is a-preserved gate, originally built in the late 15th century but refashioned in the Baroque style in the city of Krems an der Donau, in the Wachau valley. It is considered the symbol of the city. Until the last third of the 19th century, the city of Krems was surrounded by a wall. This was systematically razed, and three gates were also removed. From 2005, celebrating the 700-year anniversary of the city rights, the Steiner Tor was restored as much to its original as possible.

Outside the portal are towers flanking both sides, which, like the lower floor of the gate, date from the late Middle Ages. On the right of the archway is a small stone coat of arms mentioning Emperor Friedrich III, and the year 1480 in Roman numerals. This is believed to date the restoration of the fortifications that had become necessary because of the destruction wrought by Hungarian troops in 1477. The tower building dates from much more recently, and dates to the Baroque period during the reign of Maria Theresa, 1756. Outside the gate, the Steiner Tor was originally threatened by flooding from the Danube. On the inner side of the stone door is a mounted memorial which commemorates such a disaster in 1573.

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Founded: 15th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in Austria

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Gitta Eva Sipeki (16 months ago)
The Streetfood festival was a cool event
Cristina Andreea Galagan (16 months ago)
The main gate for entering the old city center, not very much to see, but impressive at a first glance
Hajnalka Tar (18 months ago)
Cold rooms, disaster isolation bad, everything is heard in the neighboring room ... wellnes small, in the pool cold water ... everything in all a bad hotel.
Fat Boy Hit Gym H (18 months ago)
Good place with number of pubs and food places and paid parking.
David Sherwood (2 years ago)
This is a wonderfully preserved city gate of Krems Austria (the other three city gates and the city wall have long since been demolished). The gate was restored in the late 1400's and refashioned in baroque style. Well worth seeing.
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