Contrary to its name, Lower Austria is the upper most state of Austria, a region of unbelievably diverse and stunningly beautiful landscapes located to the northeast of the Alpine country. The state is home to Austria's capital Vienna, the historical city that has been the center of art, architecture, culture, and music through the medieval, classical, neo-classical, and modern ages. Vienna's center, a UNESCO's World Cultural Site, is filled with immaculately preserved architecture including the Vienna Hofburg, the spectacular imperial palace dating from 1275 and carrying successive architectural influences like Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, Rocco and Classic. The Ringstrasse, a nineteenth century road lined with romantic buildings, grand palaces, and beautiful parks, is also located in the Center of Vienna. The capital of Lower Austria is Sankt Polten, one of the newest and most modern cities in Europe that connects with its past through buildings like the Rathaus and the city center. Away from the cities, into the breathtaking hinterland, Lower Austria reveals one of the world's most awe-inspiring scenery, dotted with some of the most magnificent hilltop monasteries, such as the Melk Abbey, Klosterneuburg Monastery, Gottweig Abbey, Heiligenkreuz Abbey, and more. Krems an der Donau, an over 1000 years old town, places you in a timeless environment among magnanimous architecture, with ancient castles to explore and a variety of old vineyards along the Danube River to drink from. Amstetten offers plenty of excitement in the form of theater and music, folk dances and festivals, hiking opportunities, sightseeing, food and more.