The ancient town of Horn, Austria, was called the “Protestant Rome of the Waldviertel” (the name given to the northeastern part of Austria) during the Reformation. It was the base for a Protestant League of nobles who opposed the Habsburg Archduke (later emperor) Matthias. Students and other lovers of history staying in budget hotels in Horn can learn all about this and more at the Hobarth-und Madermuseum. In the 17th century Piarist Church there is an exquisite altar piece by the great Austrian artist Martin Johann (Kremser) Schmidt. Visitors here can also see decorative carpentry with remarkable detail. The 16th century late Gothic Church of St. George is notable for its tower with four turrets. Nearby is the parish church of St. Stephen. It has a decorative pulpit from 1500, and 14th century cross-vaulting.
Guests staying in discount hotels in Horn will find that the surrounding Austrian towns, villages and hamlets are steeped in history. Rosenburg was a major base for the Lutheran movement as religious tides swept back and forth. Here you can see a restored castle, and if you’re here at the right time you might be treated to a display of the ancient sport of falconry. In Stift Altenburg, not far from Rosenburg, is the Benedictine Altenburg, one of the most beautiful abbeys in Austria. The Austrian painter and printmaker Paul Troger lived here for many years, and the abbey displays some of his work. The Abbey is also known for its marbled columns and grand marble staircase.
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