Friendly and cosmopolitan: welcome to Krems!
Krems is home to 25,000 people, and to around 15,000 students.
It is located in the greater Vienna region – only 1 hour by train from Austria’s capital.
Krems calls itself a city of education for good reason
The city attracts students from all over the world, who come to study, research and work together. The IMC Piaristengasse and IMC Gozzoburg sites have an especially international feel to them; this is where the majority of our international degree programmes are based.
All of the other programmes are taught at IMC Campus Krems, a large campus in Stein, about 5 minutes by bicycle from the university’s other locations in the historic centre of Krems.
History meets modern age
Krems has a history stretching back over 1,000 years. You can feel it when you walk through the old town or arrive at our IMC Piaristengasse and IMC Gozzoburg campuses. These parts of the university have a unique atmosphere thanks to the combination of beautiful historic settings and contemporary features – which is a distinctive trait of the town as a whole.
Krems is nestled between the Danube river and hillside vineyards – a unique cultural landscape and the envy of many a town in Austria. The campus is only a few minutes from the river and the countryside.
The nearby Wachau, Kremstal, Traisental and Kamptal valleys offer a host of opportunities for outdoor and leisure activities. All part of the high quality of life in Krems.
A campus with lots of possibilities
IMC Campus Krems is located in Stein, close to the historic centre of Stein, the Danube and the cultural attractions at Kunstmeile Krems. Over 10,000 people study at Campus Krems, and well over 2,000 of these are IMC Krems students. The campus is all about maximising students' quality of life, and providing the perfect conditions for studying, socialising and leisure activities.
There is a wide range of catering options – from a cafeteria to a café-bar – as well as the Kino im Kesselhaus on-campus cinema. Alongside a varied programme of films, it also hosts concerts and puts on open-air screenings in the summer.
If you want to simply enjoy the campus surroundings, just sit back and relax on one of the many benches. The view of the hillside vineyards is a unique feature of the campus – which is full of life, but where you can also rest and relax. Campus Krems is an ideal place to recharge your batteries before your next project or meet up with fellow students.
Sports and exercise by the Danube or on campus
Cycling, inline skating or running – there are plenty of options right on your doorstep.
From IMC Campus Krems it’s best to head for the Danube, where the Danube cycle path will take you to Vienna or into the Wachau valley.
Stein has a rowing club, and the Wachau valley is the place to go for mountain bikers and climbers. Local walks and hikes include the Wachauer Marillen Erlebnisweg, the Welterbesteig Wachau and the Jakobsweg Weinviertel route, which passes through the town.
Miles better: a host of artistic and cultural experiences
Most of the cultural attractions belonging to Kunstmeile Krems are located in Stein: the Kunsthalle Krems gallery, the Karikaturmuseum Krems comic and cartoon museum and the Forum Frohner gallery. Other cultural offerings include the Artothek, where works of art are available for hire, and the Literaturhaus NÖ literature centre.
Influences from all over the world
The arts and culture scene in Krems is another aspect of the city with an international flavour – artists in residence regularly come to Krems from abroad and the galleries enjoy an international reputation.
Kunsthalle Krems is Lower Austria’s gallery of contemporary art. Give yourself ample time to explore the wide range of themed and solo exhibitions. Since its reopening in 2017, the gallery has concentrated exclusively on contemporary art, encompassing new media such as film and video as well as installation art.
Kunsthalle Krems’ cooperation with the donaufestival, a festival of contemporary music in Krems, underscores the gallery’s interdisciplinary focus.
The Karikaturmuseum Krems is a popular destination on the Kunstmeile. It is a place for looking deep down into the Austrian psyche – at the permanent exhibition of Manfred Deix or temporary exhibitions of works by other Austrian and international cartoonists, satirists and caricaturists. Designed by architect Gustav Peichlis – aka the caricaturist Ironimus – the building itself is also a real eyecatcher.
Heuriger culture: the taste of Krems
A visit to one of the Heuriger wine taverns – an institution in the region – is a must for anyone studying in Krems. At certain times of year, winegrowers open their cellar doors, serving wine and cold dishes. There are dozens of Heurigen in Krems, Stein and the surrounding area.
Shopping and eating out in town
Swedish cinnamon buns in a café or local Wachauer Laberl rolls from the bakery.
The town centre is full of shops and places to eat and drink. Whether you fancy a long breakfast, quick lunch or relaxed evening meal, there are plenty of cafés and restaurants to choose from. The shops including grocers, drugstores and supermarkets have everything to meet your day-to-day needs.
Shopping at a whim
Göglstrasse and the streets around Dreifaltigkeitsplatz are home to plenty of smaller stores selling exclusive clothes, jewellery and home accessories. It’s easy to get around to all of these on foot or by bike. Krems also has a shopping centre with a wide range of stores not far from the town centre.