RS kloster neustift
RS kloster neustift

Novacella Abbey

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 is located in Novacella (Neustift) 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" in German, "Abbazia di Novacella" in Italian -, 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. The Novacella Abbey is one of the 12 destinations of the Culturronda, a South Tyrolean cultural course. And how to reach it? 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!

Opening hours - museum: from June 1 to December 31, 2020
June 1 - June 30, 2020:
from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
guided tours from Thursday to Saturday at 11 am (except on Saturdays) and 2.30 pm
July 1 - Dec 31, 2020:
from Monday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm
guided tours at 11 am (Saturdays at 11.30 am) and 2.30 pm

Guided vineyard tour with wine tasting:
June 1 - June 30, 2020:
Thursdays and Fridays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 10 am
July 1 - Dec 31, 2020:
from Monday to Friday at 4 pm, Saturdays at 10 am

Visits of the historical garden:
from Thursday to Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm (without guide)

8.00 Euros (without guide) / 10.00 Euros (guided tour)
free for kids under 6 years
4.00 Euros (children and young people up to 17 years)

15.00 Euros (guided vineyard tour with wine tasting)
4.00 Euros (visits of the historical garden)

Further information:
phone: +39 0472 836189,

Currently, access may still be subject to certain restrictions.

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