Neustift Abbey

Vahrn, Italy

Neustift Abbey is one of the most prestigious monasteries of northern Italy and Alpine region. It was founded in 1142 by the Bishop of Brixen. Buildings have been rebuilt and expanded several times until the 18th century. Neustift Abbey was dissolved by the Bavarian government in 1807. Today it is a convention center and ecological center.

The abbey, since its establishment, has been a place of shelter for pilgrims coming from Northern Europe and headed to Rome and the Holy Land.

Today you can visit the large Baroque church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, which is full artworks halls. The historic garden is open to the public. The fortified complex, which is accessed via a small covered bridge, consists of several buildings from different periods and styles.

The important library occupies two floors of the monastery, which houses about 65,000 printed volumes, especially scientific works and manuscripts. The main room of the library, a masterpiece of Rococo style, has been designed by Antonio Giuseppe Sartori in 1773.

The monastery wine cellars are also located here, where the superb wines from the Neustift estate vineyards can be savoured together with a typical South Tyrolean platter of cold cuts and cheese.


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Founded: 1142
Category: Religious sites in Italy

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Andrea Stringaro (16 months ago)
Un luogo incantevole a due passi dal centro di Bressanone, per vivere in un'atmosfera di altri tempi. Visite guidate all'interno dell'abbazia secondo orari prestabiliti e conviene mettersi in coda per non perdere il turno. All'esterno anche un punto vendita di souvenirs, liquori e altri prodotti artigianali fatti dai Canonici Agostiniani.
loris Piai (16 months ago)
Di una magnificenza assoluta. Una visita è obbligatoria se si è vicini. La biblioteca è assolutamente stupenda oltre a tutta l'abbazzia!!! Se poi si acquistano i loro vini rimane un ricordo superbo anche per il palato!!!
luca savi (18 months ago)
Un salto nei secoli passati, quando le abbazie erano luoghi nei quali si elaborava il pensiero culturale e si incaricavano di mettere a coltivo i terreni circostanti. È un luogo bellissimo, completato da una fantastica biblioteca. E per concludere un salto alla cantina...
V. Augusto Valentini Milleri (3 years ago)
Lovely place where it's easy to arrive, this is a must see in the area ! Nice church, so curious the monks graveyard. It's beautiful the internal court with the nice fountain and it's fresco, and is wonderful the big courtyard. Here you can relax and take some pictures. It's possible to eat something at the restaurant (would say a little overpriced, and would be hated probably by who remember or think to find something like the old cellar. Don't expect it.). It's even possible to buy something at the shop outside the wall. Big free parking and very clean toilet. I haven't tried the tour that could be bought on site.
Kayhan Kayar (3 years ago)
Very nice cloister
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