Exterior shot of Klosterneuburg Monastery
© Stift Klosterneuburg/Michael Zechany

Klosterneuburg Abbey

Highlights

The "Verdun Altar" is one of the monastery's most precious cultural possessions and one of the most important works of art of the Middle Ages. Named after its artist, Nikolaus von Verdun, it is usually called the "Verdun Altar" and is located in the Leopoldskapelle chapel. The work was completed in 1181 and tells the salvation history of the Old and New Testaments on 51 fire-gilded enamel panels.

Patron saint of Austria

In 1114, Margrave Leopold III of the House of Babenberg founded Klosterneuburg Monastery. Leopold was made a saint in 1485 and elevated to patron saint of Austria in 1563. The monastery was at times the residence of the Babenberg and Habsburg dynasties. The monastery occupies a central position in the history of Austria's creation. Also more than 900 years old is the wine tradition of Klosterneuburg Monastery, which makes it one of the oldest vineyards in Austria still in existence.

Imperial residence

Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740) had the building updated into the Baroque style based on Spain's El Escorial. He was able to move into his private rooms, the magnificent Imperial Room for the Leopoldifest on November 15, 1739, and the result was a magnificent Sala Terrena. Various guided tours of the monastery and wine tastings bring the many stories of this special place impressively to life.

Visiting the monastery

The admission ticket lets you explore the treasury with its crowing glory – the Austrian archducal coronet (the Holy Crown of Austria), the annual exhibition, and on weekends and public holidays the monastery museum. The "Monastery Tour" guides you through the monastery church with its frescoes, the magnificent early Baroque organ and the world-famous "Verdun Altar". The "Large Monastery Tour" brings the entire 900 years of history to life. You can discover the medieval part of the monastery as well as the Baroque imperial rooms with the mighty marble hall here. The "Wine Cellar Tour" takes you down as far as 36 meters into the Baroque wine cellar.

Annual exhibition 2020

"WAS LEID TUT" (What Causes Suffering) is the subject of the annual exhibition for 2020, on show from April 30 to November 15, 2020. It attempts for the first time to allow the "St. Leopold Peace Prize", the activities of the "Galerie der Moderne" (Gallery of Modernism) and the "historic collection objects" of the monastery to flow together in a major project. The goal: the term "suffering" should be highlighted by as many different artistic positions as possible.

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:
Winter season: until April 30, 2020, daily from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Summer season: May 1 to November 15, 2020, daily from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm
Guided tours regularly during opening hours. Groups of 10 or more people by prior appointment (groups@stift-klosterneuburg.at)
Prices: Admission ticket €9, day ticket €13

How to get there:
U4: Heiligenstadt, then bus 400 or 402: Klosterneuburg Stiftsgarten or S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling U6: Spittelau, then S 40: Klosterneuburg-Kierling

Klosterneuburg Monastery

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".

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      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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