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Wels is located in the center of Upper Austria at an elevation of 317 meters and has population of sixty thousand. The city is two hundred kilometers west of Vienna, thirty-two south-west of Linz and about one hundred kilometers north-east of Salzburg. The town lies on the main railway, which connects Salzburg with Linz and the Westbahnhof of Vienna. There are a few trains per hour from both directions and the trip from Vienna takes about two hours, one hour from Salzburg and fifteen minutes from Linz. Also there are many bus lines from Wels, going into the surrounding hills and valleys. The prosper town since Roman times is situated on the left bank of the Traun River and is often used as a starting point for exploring the surroundings, but there are various attractions in the town itself.
One of the sights in the surrounding area that should not be missed is the Benedictine abbey. It is located in Lambach, sixteen kilometers southwest of Wels and was founded in 1056. This abbey, which was once Romanesque monastery, lies on the Market Square of the old market town. A greatly high marble gate from 1693 takes one into the first courtyard. In the ringing chamber, one can see one of the main attractions here - Romanesque frescoes from the eleventh century. Also site of interest is the opulently decorated library and the magnificent refectory from the eighteenth century. Here is the only survived monastic theatre in Austria, dating back to 1770.

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