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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Pavlo Dyban (5 months ago)
A marvelous place situated at the end of a leisurely walk/hike from Brixen. Definitely worth a visit!
Biken ImPott (5 months ago)
Top destination for day drinking! Cheap wine and great cheese! If you get too drunk, you can order a big bottle of water for only 1,50€!
Maja Ikon (6 months ago)
A beautiful, very special place, friendly staff, many old buildings waiting to be discovered.
Rowena Rillen (7 months ago)
It's very easy to get to the place, very clean, had an atmosphere of serenity if there were less tourist, the wine they produced is excellent..
Gloria Levorin (8 months ago)
We spent a beautiful afternoon at the Abbey. We had booked in advance two guided tours (25€ total): first a tour of the church, museum and library; then a tour of the vineyard and a wine tasting class. The tours were in italian. The guide and sommelier, Mrs Roberta, was absolutely fantastic. Time flew by and we learned a lot about the Abbey and it's beautiful history and products. We couldn't resist to shop at the local wine store afterwards!! I would highly recommend to book in advance and enjoy this full experience in such a magical and timeless place
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