Exterior shot of Klosterneuburg Monastery

Klosterneuburg Abbey

Klosterneuburg Monastery has been one of Austria’s most important religious and cultural centers for over 900 years. It was always the residence of the Babenberg and Habsburg dynasties. The combination of practiced faith, the unique art treasures and the oldest vineyard in Austria gives the monastery its unmistakable charm and makes it an extremely worthwhile excursion destination, situated as it is just outside Vienna.

Highlights

Visit the famous "Verdun Altar," the best preserved artwork of the Middle Ages. It is named after Nikolaus von Verdun, the artist who created the grandiose enamel and goldsmith work for this jewel at the end of the twelfth century.

The monastery was founded in 1114 by Margrave Leopold III, who has his last resting place under the “Verdun Alter” and was canonized by Pope Boniface in 1485. Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740) had the building updated into the Baroque style based on the Spanish Escorial. He was able to move into his private rooms, the magnificent Imperial Room for the Leopoldifest in 1739 and the result was a magnificent Sala terrena which now serves as a fascinating starting point for various themed guided tours of the monastery.

You can explore the wonderful sacred treasure trove on one of these themed routes: “The Sacred Tour” guides you through the monastery church with its frescoes, the magnificent early Baroque organ and the Verdun Altar. “The Habsburg Tour” gives you an insight into the magnificent royal Baroque opulence, while the “Museum Tour” shows you the Medieval Babenberg Family Tree, as well as the modern art of the Modern Gallery. Finally, the “Wine Cellar Tour” takes you up to 36 meters underground to the Baroque wine cellar.

5 March – 15 November 2016: The Austrian Archducal Crown celebrates its 400th anniversary in 2016. To mark the occasion, the monastery is opening up an exhibition on “400 years of the Austrian crown” in the Imperial Treasury and the Sala terrena between 5 March and 15 November 2016. The Imperial Treasury, which was re-adapted in May 2011, is also exhibiting the “Schleier der Agnes”, valuable liturgical robes, requiem monstrances and the ivory “pen of Saint Leopold”, all of which are shrouded in legends.

1 May – 31 July 2016: In 2016, the Monastery Museum is putting on a special exhibition on “The Glory of the East - Christian Art from Bulgaria”. The exhibition uses 100 exhibits from the collection of the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia to showcase the development of Christianity and Christian art in Bulgaria between the 4th and 17th centuries.

Tip: The monastery is home to one of the oldest and biggest wine estates in Austria and offers tastings and sales from the monastery wine shop.

Monastery:
Daily. 09:00 - 18:00 (Winter season: daily. 10:00 - 17:00)
Monastery tours: daily. 10:00 - 17:00 and for groups by prior arrangement (Tel. +43-(0)2243-411 212 or groups@stift-klosterneuburg.at)
Prices (for each themed tour): Adults €11, group €10, monastery ticket (for all themed tours of the day): Adults €17

How to get there:
Underground U4: Heiligenstadt, then autobus 238 or 239: Klosterneuburg Stift or City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling Underground U6: Spittelau, then City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling

Klosterneuburg Abbey

Stiftsplatz 1, 3400 Klosterneuburg
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    • How to get there:
      Underground U4: Heiligenstadt, then autobus 238 or 239: Klosterneuburg-Niedermarkt or City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling Underground U6: Spittelau, then City Train S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling

  • Opening times

    • daily, 09:00 - 18:00
  • Accessibility

    • Main entrance
      • no steps
    • Car parks Main entrance
      • Parking spaces for people with disabilities
        in parking garage P1, on Rathausplatz in front of the Babenbergerhalle and at car park P3 "Gastmeisterei"
    • Elevator available
      • 108 cm wide and 210 cm low , Door 89 cm wide
    • Further information
      • Seeing eye dogs allowed
      • Wheelchair accessible restroom available.
    • Special offers for people with disabilities

      wheelchair accessible restrooms at visitor reception/"Sala terrena" and in the cloisters. Free admission for persons accompanying visitors with wheelchairs.
      Multimedia guide for blind people and in Austrian sign language (ÖGS) available, accompanying material in embossed print and Braille.
      Guided tours for the visually impaired or blind people incl. touching model of the abbey complex and the planned "Austrian Escorial Palace" on request: "History and stories – to touch".

    • Comments

      Wheelchair accessible visitor areas  except for the abbey museum and the gardens. Access from the underground car park (parking place for visitors with disabilities) via elevator. Level P1 has a lifting platform that leads to the parking level for tour buses. Access from Rathausplatz via ramp, length: 190 cm, width: 74 cm. 2 stairlifts in cloister area.

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