Willendorf in the Wachau - Austria

Willendorf is 25 km upstream of Krems on the left bank of the Danube. The small village is the place where the Venus of Willendorf, a Paleolithic statuette, was found.



Venus of WillendorfThe statuette was created 27,000 years ago, and counts together with Venus of Galgenberg to the world's oldest human sculptures. It was created at a time when the area still resembled a tundra and the ice-age glaciers of the southern Alps reached the Danube. At that time Mammoth, wool rhinoceros, reindeer and other great mammals populated the area.


Museum Willendorf
The original can be seen in the Museum of Art History (Kunsthistorisches Museum) in Vienna. Beside a replica of the sculpture, the small museum in Willendorf shows a number of fossil bones and tools from that time.

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