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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 and today one of the 12 destinations of the Culturronda, 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" 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. In 2020-21, the so-called "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, will be completed during the summer of 2021. And how to reach the Novacella 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!

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Opening times

  • Mon 05 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Tue 06 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Wed 07 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Thu 08 Dec closed
  • Fri 09 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sat 10 Dec 10:00 - 17:00
  • Sun 11 Dec closed

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Closure days 2022 (11/07/2022 - 11/16/2022)

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

Museum - winter 2022/23 (11/17/2022 - 04/29/2023)

  • 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

Immaculate Conception 2022 (12/08/2022) closed

Christmas' Eve 2022 (12/24/2022) closed

Christmas 2022 (12/25/2022) closed

Boxing Day 2022 (12/26/2022) closed

New Year's Eve 2022 (12/31/2022) 10:00 - 17:00

New Year 2023 (01/01/2023) closed

Epiphany 2023 (01/06/2023) closed

Easter 2023 (04/06/2023 - 04/10/2023)

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

Liberation Day 2023 (04/25/2023) 10:00 - 17:00

Admission

Novacella Abbey Museum:
€ 15.00 adults (with guided tour, on reservation)
€ 10.00 adults (without guide)
€ 5.00 students
€ 4.00 children (6-17 years)

free for children under 6 years

guided abbey tour:
€ 15.00 per person

More information

The Novacella Abbey stays open all year round, closed on Sundays and on church holidays.

Guided abbey tour in German/Italian language (museum, cloister, church, library) from Monday to Saturday at 11 am and 2.30 pm, reservation needed: booking@kloster-neustift.it.

The guided vineyard tours and garden tours will be offered again from May 2023 on.

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