Apartments, Houses and Chalets for Sale in the town and district of Zwettl, Lower-Austria
Zwettl - Stone bridge over the river Kamp
"Svetla" – is the old Slavic name of Zwettl means the "light one" or “clearance”. The town was erected at the meeting of the Kamp and Zwettl rivers, in the geographic centre of the Waldviertel.
An attractive old town is particularly well known for the nearby Cistercian abbey, founded by the Count of Kuenringen in 1138. These Bavarian settlers, led by the infamous Kuenring clan, penetrated deep into the Forest Quarter. The region of Zwettl, had previously been populated by Slavic villages.
Zwettl - Part of the old city wall and guard tower
The Kuenringinians erected a castle and a church on a hill above the convergence of the Kamp and Zwettl rivers. At the foot of this castle, on a plateau above the two rivers the settlement of Zwettl evolved. Zwettl has enjoyed town status since 1200 when Duke Leopold VI, granted special rights to "his Zwettl citizens".
Zwettl - Inside the Abbey
The Town of Zwettl
Zwettl town centre with the famous Hundertwasser fountain
Today Zwettl has approximately 12,000 residents if you include the immediate surroundings, of which about 4,500 live within in the city boundaries. Zwettl is a county town, which makes it the economic, administrative and intellectual centre for the region.
Zwettl - Abbey
The district of Zwettl
Lichtendels on the Ottenstein reservoir
East of Zwettl is the Ottenstein reservoir, a lake 12km long formed by the damming of the River Kamp.
West of Zwettl, on a hill overlooking the village is Schloss Rosenau. The castle, well restored and renovated was originally built between 1730-1748. Today it contains an interesting Museum of Freemasonry.
The river kamp near Zwettl
... and there is Beer!
Zwettl is best-known for its brewery, producing the Zwettler Bier
The privately owned Zwettl brewery was founded in 1708, and in 2008 marked its 300 anniversary. The "Zwettlerstraße" brewery produces an average of 200,000 hectoliters (35,195,079 pints) of beer per year.
Best known are Zwettler Original and Zwettler Export Lager