Both original and inventive
‘Land of the mountains, land on the river, land of fertile fields, land of cathedrals and land of the hammers, with a rich future in store…’ Those qualities that the Austrian national hymn praises are found as an ensemble in the Mostviertel: from the Mostviertel Alps to the Danube River, from the fertile hill country to Niederösterreich’s ice road. The Mostviertel stands as the cradle of the nation, and is from many standpoints the model for sensitive interaction with natural and cultural treasures. As archaeological discoveries from the Old Stone Age substantiate, the Mostviertel was settled quite early on. At the birth of Christ, the ancient Romans were living in the Mostviertel. Traces of their habitation can still be tasted today, because they initiated the natives into the arts of orchard husbandry and viticulture.