One of Tirol’s true architectural gems is the splendid Cistercian Abbey of Stams, founded in 1273 by Count Meinhard II of Gorizia-Tyrol.

During the 16th-century Protestant Reformation and German Peasants' War the monastic community decayed. In the course of the 1552 rebellion against Emperor Charles V, the premises were plundered by the troops of Elector Maurice of Saxony; even the grave of Maurice' brother Severinus was destroyed. The monastery was largely rebuilt in its present-day Baroque style from the early 17th century onwards, including Wessobrunner stuccowork by Franz Xaver Feuchtmayer.

Set in pristine grounds, the monumental façade is easily recognized by its pair of silver cupolas at the front. The exuberant interiors can be admired within a guided tour: Crane your neck to marvel at ceilings adorned with rich stuccowork and elaborate frescoes and view elaborate iron grilles in the collegiate church. Among the Monastery’s most impressive possessions are Bernardi Hall, the Chapel of the Holy Blood and the “Prelates' Staircase”. Afterwards, you are strongly recommended to visit the Abbey's shop that offers a unique range of goods from homemade jams and honey to distinct monastic drinks and produce.

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Stiftshof 1, Stams, Austria
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Founded: 1273
Category: Religious sites in Austria

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Chris Sieber (2 years ago)
Nice stop on the road to Vienna
Chris Sieber (2 years ago)
Nice stop on the road to Vienna
Mark Pickett (2 years ago)
Fantastic Baroque Cistercian Abbey. Beautifully kept. There is a gift shop and restaurant here. Entrance only via a guided tour, currently €12.50
Mark Pickett (2 years ago)
Fantastic Baroque Cistercian Abbey. Beautifully kept. There is a gift shop and restaurant here. Entrance only via a guided tour, currently €12.50
Marina Barros-Pinkelnig (2 years ago)
Nice place, good atmosphere. Can only be visited with the guided tour (we got one in French). The guided tour is short and not very interesting, I would prefer just to have a nice walk around.
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