Exterior shot of Klosterneuburg Monastery
© Stift Klosterneuburg/Michael Zechany

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.

The admission ticket lets you explore the treasury with its crowing glory - the Austrian archducal coronet -, the annual exhibition, and on weekends and public holidays the monastery museum (2.00 pm - 5.00 pm and 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm). "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. The medieval part of the monastery as well as the Baroque imperial rooms with the mighty marble hall can be discovered here. The "Wine Cellar Tour" takes you down as far as 36 meters into the Baroque wine cellar.

March 9 to November 17, 2019: THE EMPEROR’S NEW SAINT – Maximilian I and Margrave Leopold III in times of the media shift: 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Emperor Maximilian I. The Habsburger seems to have been bound by old traditions as the "last knight". On the other hand, he surrounds himself with innovative minds from science and art, and stages the stories of himself and his family in all available media channels. A central role is played by the old stories prepared by his court historians, which he has told and depicted afresh.

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, 2019, daily from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm
Summer season: May 1 to November 17, 2019, 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
  • Comments

    • 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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