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Novacella Abbey Museum

The Augustinian Monastery of Novacella in the Valle Isarco valley is one of the most important monasteries in the entire Tyrolean region

One of the most important monasteries in the Tyrolean area and today one of the 12 destinations of the Culturonda, a South Tyrolean cultural course, is located in Novacella near Varna, about 3 km north of Bressanone. Its foundation dates back to the 12th century and Hartmann von Brixen, then Bishop of Bressanone. In addition to the Novacella Abbey (Kloster Neustift), which was then built near the bishop's town but in a lonely place, a hospital was also founded. Until its dissolution in the 15th or 16th century, travellers, pilgrims, the sick and the poor were cared for there.

Under Napoleon, Tyrol's monasteries were also secularised, but monastery operations were resumed in 1816. In WWII it was misused as a supply camp and partly destroyed, but since 1949 the Novacella Abbey shines again in its Baroque splendour and is widely known as a sight. Augustinian monks still live in the monastery, which also houses a winery, an education centre and a hostel for students. Famous is the Baroque Collegiate Church of Our Lady, a Basilica minor with beautiful frescoes and rocaille stucco. The cloister with its Gothic ribbed vault and valuable late Gothic frescoes by Michael Pacher as well as the historic garden adjoin the basilica.

Also worth seeing are the magnificent library with its valuable collection of handwritings and the pinacotheca with the remarkable collection of Gothic panel painting. In 2020-21, the Chinese Cabinet, an antechamber to the library room, was brought to light and can be admired during a visit. The restoration of the Chinese paintings and medallions with exotic birds, which were particularly popular in the 18th century, was completed in 2021. And how to reach the abbey? The complex is located about 3 km from Bressanone. A free parking awaits you at the entrance to the monastery grounds. Unfortunately dogs are not allowed! On foot, you may reach it on the Valle Isarco Wine and Apple Trail, on the Bressanone Vineyard Trail and along the Karlspromenade. Also the Upper Valle Isarco Cycle Path between Bressanone and Brennero passes near it.

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Opening times

  • Mon 17 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 18 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 19 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 20 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 21 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 22 Jun 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 23 Jun closed

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Spring 2024 (18/03/2024 - 01/06/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Easter 2024 (31/03/2024) closed

Easter Monday 2024 (01/04/2024) closed

Liberation Day 2024 (25/04/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Labor Day 2024 (01/05/2024) 10:00 - 17:00

Whit Monday 2024 (20/05/2024) closed

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Summer 2024 (03/06/2024 - 07/09/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

Feast of the Assumption 2024 (15/08/2024) closed

Autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 30/11/2024)

  • Mon 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 10:00 - 17:00
  • Fri 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun closed

All Saints 2024 (01/11/2024) closed

Admission

Novacella Abbey Museum - with audio guide:
€ 12.00 adults
€ 10.00 seniors 65+
€ 10.00 groups (15 and more persons)
€ 6.00 students
€ 4.00 children (6-19 years)

free for children under 6 years

Novacella Abbey Museum - with guided tour:
€ 17.00 adults
€ 15.00 seniors 65+
€ 10.00 students

Abbey Garden (May to September):
€ 4.00 adults
€ 4.00 seniors 65+
€ 4.00 students
€ 2.00 children (6-19 years)

guided tour to the vineyard with tasting:
€ 25.00 per person

More information

The Novacella Abbey Museum stays open all year round, closed on Sundays and on church holidays. Guided tours for groups (15 and more persons) on request by calling +39 0472 694951.

The monastery cellar is open from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm, the wine shop from Monday to Friday from 10 am to 7 pm and on Saturdays from 9 am to 6 pm.

The Abbey Garden is accessible from May to September, Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm, season start 2024 in early May. The guided tour to the vineyard with tasting is offered from Monday to Friday at 4 pm and on Saturdays at 2.30 pm (in English language on request).

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