Pernegg Abbey was founded as a Premonstratensian nunnery in 1153. It was founded by Ekbert and Ulrich, who also founded the Geras Abbey about 10 kilometres from Pernegg.

Pernegg became a community of canons in 1584. In 1700 it became an abbey but was dissolved in 1783 under the reforms of Emperor Joseph II. In the mid-19th century the premises were acquired by Geras Abbey. Since 1995 they have been used as a retreat and seminar centre for the monastery at Geras.



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Founded: 1153
Category: Religious sites in Austria


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Beatrix Fitzinger (2 years ago)
Im Kloster Pernegg kann man sich nur Wohlfühlen. Alle sind sehr nett, es ist beruhigend und die Aussicht ist einmalig.
Johann Wachter (2 years ago)
Ruhiger Kraftort ,sehr kompetente Fastenleiterin Beate, feine Gruppe, wunderschöne Landschaft zum Wandern, kurz : Perfekte Fastenwoche, ideal um abzuschalten, zu sich zu finden und seinen Gesundheitszustand zu verbessern! DANKE!
1 Guntscharew (2 years ago)
Die Ausstattung der Zimmer wurde bewusst schlicht gehalten um die innere Einkehr zu erleichtern. So heisst es. Tatsächlich sind die Zimmer bloß schäbig und von zweifelhafter Sauberkeit. Die Bereitschaft der (gut) zahlenden Kunden sich für eine zeitlang der Reduktion zu verschreiben wird schamlos ausgenutzt um seit Jahren versprochene Investitionen in andere Kanäle fließen zu lassen. Diese Unterkunft ist beschämend, es muss bessere für den Zweck geeignete Häuser geben.
Peter Grundmann (3 years ago)
Die Lage ist großartig, nur 1 Stunde von Wien und man ist mitten in der Stille. Das Team und die Betreuung ist 1A. Die Zimmer sind sehr sauber und gemütlich. Soviel Spaß kann Fasten machen. Gerne wieder.
Georg Manchen (3 years ago)
Heilfasten in besonderer Form in Stille und gesunder Natur.
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