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dji kloster benediktinerstift marienberg burgeis mals

Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria

The highest located Benedictine Abbey of Europe is located at an altitude of 1,340 m above Burgusio in the Val Venosta valley

Two impressive buildings rise in Burgusio near Malles and are visible from the Val Venosta road: the Prince's Castle and, above it, the snow-white Monte Maria Monastery (Kloster Marienberg). The castle-like building dates back to the 12th century and was donated by the Nobles of Tarasp. The first monks derived from the Benedictine Abbey of Ottobeuren in Bavaria. Today the monastery has got 11 members, living according to the rules of the Saint Benedict of Nursia.

In 1724, the monks founded a Humanistic Gymnasium in Merano, in the 20th century the abbey itself hosted a private gymnasium and therefore has got a long tradition in formal education. Pius Zingerle, Albert Jäger and Beda Weber were an illustrious triumvirate in the gymnasium, until 1928, when it was forced to close its doors. Still today, however, the monks operate in the field of continuing education with weekend courses and the "Monastery on Time". And they knew how to bake: The original recipe of the bread of the Val Venosta valley was rediscovered here.

Since 2007, the ground floor hosts the "ora et labora" Monastery Museum, furthermore the library, the St. Stephan Church and the museum depot can be visited. And how to reach the Monte Maria Monastery? The road from Burgusio to Slingia/Watles leads to a parking space in a bend, from there it's just 100 metres to the building. Furthermore, the short St. Benedict Trail takes you from Burgusio to the monastery, and several hiking paths, such as the Hours' Trail, lead past 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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Monastery Museum - spring 2024 (15/03/2024 - 08/06/2024)

  • 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) 10:00 - 17:00

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) 10:00 - 17:00

Republic Day 2024 (02/06/2024) closed

Monastery Museum - summer 2024 (10/06/2024 - 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) 10:00 - 17:00

Monastery Museum - autumn 2024 (09/09/2024 - 31/10/2024)

  • 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

Autumn closure 2024 (01/11/2024 - 26/12/2024)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu closed
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

Admission

Monastery Museum "ora et labora":
€ 5.50 adults
€ 4.50 groups
€ 3.00 students

free for children up to 14 years (if accompanied by their parents)
free with the Museumcard and museumobil Card
free on May 18, 2024 (Open Day)

guided tours (in German/Italian language, reservation needed):
€ 27.00 tour (crypt, library, showcase) with museum
€ 10.50 library with museum
€ 10.50 crypt with museum
€ 10.50 St. Stephen with museum
€ 10.50 showcase with museum
€ 7.50 church with museum

More information

The "ora et labora" Monastery Museum stays open in summer and during the two winter weeks from December 27 to January 5, closed on Sundays and on church holidays.

The museum, the shop and the church are barrier-free. Crypt, library, St. Stephen and exhibition depot are accessible only during a guided tour (dates on request).

Guided tour to the museum every 1st Wednesday of the month at 2 pm (in Italian language) and at 3.30 pm (in German language). Summer season start 2024 on March 15.

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