|Length||64.5 km (40.1 mi) |
|Progression||Danube→ Black Sea|
The Krems is a river in Waldviertel in northern Lower Austria. There are actually two rivers: the so-called "Große Krems" (Greater Krems), denoting either the whole river system or the main tributary only, and the smaller one called "Kleine Krems" (Lesser Krems). The Krems originally flowed into the Danube by Krems an der Donau, but when the Danube power station Altenwörth was built at Altenwörth (part of Kirchberg am Wagram), the mouth of the river — together with that of the Kamp — was moved to Altenwörth.
In the upper course both rivers flow through the rough granite landscape of the Waldviertel; important places are GroßreinprechtsKottes-Purk at the Kleine Krems. The Krems is the backbone of the wine region of Kremstal, it passes Senftenberg and the ruins of Lengenfeld, and after emerging from the granite and gneiss plateau (part of the Bohemian Massif), it flows through the Tulln Basin near Krems.at the Große Krems, and