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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Jürgen Strohe (18 months ago)
Traumhaft schöne Landschaft in der die Abtei eingebettet ist. Die Führung in der barocken Klosterkirche war informativ und vor allem ist die Kirche ein Ort der künstlerischen sowie spirituellen Bereicherung. Ich empfehle jedem hier mindestens einen halben Tag zu verbringen, um die Schönheit dieses Ortes wahrzunehmen.
Ulrich Meutsch (19 months ago)
Eine perfekte Führung erlebt. Danke
Petr Kocourek (2 years ago)
Frank Eisernland (2 years ago)
Die Anlage ist einfach atemberaubend schön! Da wir aber außerhalb der Führungszeiten vor Ort waren, konnten wir das Innere nicht erkunden. Der Klosterladen war geschlossen und die Basilika könnte man nur durch ein schweres Eisengitter bewundern. Sollte sich irgendwann noch einmal eine Gelegenheit bieten, werden wir wieder kommen.
Manuela Baldi (2 years ago)
Visite guidate ogni ora, intervallando francese (al mattino e alle 14) al tedesco. Non è possibile la visita libera, non ci sono audioguide né opuscoli o pannelli esplicativi per seguire la visita in italiano. Il biglietto per la visita guidata all' abbazia e al chiostro costa €12,50 e comprende anche l'accesso al piccolo museo. Sconto del 50% se avete una "Welcome card". Il complesso merita senz'altro una visita.
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