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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Kent Wang (14 months ago)
Check website for last entry times. It was surprisingly early so I didn't go in. Good free parking, suitable for taking the bus into Brixen. Neustift Abbey is 3 km north of Brixen, sited far enough away from the town but well-placed for sheltering pilgrims and travelers on the route through the Alps from Italy to Austria. Founded in 1140, the monastery is a fortified complex accessed via a covered bridge.
Gisele Laia (2 years ago)
Visited on the way to Brunico. Amazing to shop local wine, honey and jam.
Dhillon Zaver (2 years ago)
For sure a worthwhile place to visit. The grounds are beautiful and so peaceful. To enter the Abby and the gardens is a ticket. The wine shop, church and cemetery as well as the courtyard you can go into. The wines are some of the oldest in Italy and have a great tasting area where you can try a few ounces at a time. The staff were so friendly and helpful as well.
Italy Unfiltered (2 years ago)
Had a beer and a glass of wine in the cantina. Everything ok. It can be a bit noisy with the acoustics. We were there during a holiday period so many families traveling with children. The sausages cheese and bread are rustic and authentic. The fresh baked breads amazing. Dine on patio or indoors like we did. Ordering was fast and food arrived quickly from the limited apperitivo menu. Don't come for a meal but just sone tasty local cheese and cured meat platters. Walk the grounds and take in the history.
Thomas S (2 years ago)
A must visit if you are in town or nearby. The decoration of the church are overwhelmingly elaborate while the atmosphere on the monastery grounds is divine and peaceful. The wines are delicious and our guide (Roberta) was very charming and very knowledgeable.
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