Leoben travel guide
Leoben is one of those quiet places in central Austria just waiting to be discovered. It nestles in the fertile green valley of the Mu River, which snakes through the city making it a very pretty retreat for tourism as our Leoben travel guide will reveal. Its location makes it a haven of tranquillity where you can recoup from the stresses and strains of modern life and enjoy the clear, clean air along with the deer and hare and other wildlife frolicking in the meadows.
In fact to show you how to unwind, Leoben now has a huge modern spa complex for relaxing family days out. With saunas, treatment centres, indoor and outdoor pools (the outdoor pool being saltwater) and with dedicated areas for the children, the whole family can feel fit and rejuvenated in no time and ready to hit the town.
The colourful main square in Leoben dates back to the 13th century but is a bustling hive of activity with bars and restaurants spilling out onto it to allow you wine and dine as you watch the world go by. The 17th century St Xaver Church stands nearby; a former Jesuit college, its baroque interior is well worth seeing. Perhaps even more eye-catching is the Hacklaus, an ornately trimmed baroque building with a striking red facade. The Old Town Hall, another prominent building, this time from the 15th century, also makes interesting viewing. Its five storey tower with its mushroom-shaped cap, was once part of the old city gates so is an important local historical landmark. The tower dates back to the 13th century, though its domed roof appeared much later.
The city museum and the Kunsthalle Gallery will bring Leoben’s past to life with their well thought out exhibitions; while Austria’s oldest working theatre is the regular venue for performances of music and drama. During the summer classical music performances also take place at the Congress Leoben.
In nearby Göss, you will find an abbey founded in 1020 and run by Benedictine nuns until late in the 18th century. The abbey church with its cross-vaulted ceiling and ornate organ loft should not be missed. Nor, if it is the sort of thing that interests you, should the nearby brewery and brewery museum as this is both interesting and informative. And last, but not least, climb the hill to the Massenburg and explore the ruins of the old castle. The observation tower will allow you to take in Leoben in all its quietly gleaming prettiness.