Wurmsbach Abbey is a monastery of Cistercian nuns located in Bollingen, a locality of Rapperswil-Jona. Count Rudolf of Rapperswil gave his castle of Wurmsbach together with a considerable area of land in 1259 for the foundation of a religious house and the abbey was established. It was initially a dependency of the Cistercian monks of Abbey of St. Urban in Wettingen. The abbey church was dedicated in 1281. Bollinger Sandstein was used for the construction of the abbey by dedicated quarries.

During the first Battle of Villmergen in 1656 and again during the occupation of the region by the French Revolutionary Army in 1799, the nuns were obliged to flee. On both occasions the abbey was completely pillaged, with the consequence that there are few treasures left.

The abbey is renowned for its location at the lake side. It overlooks uper Lake Zürich and the church is listed as a building of historical significance. The nuns run a secondary boarding school for girls. The gardens are known for the herbal remedies grown.



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Founded: 1281
Category: Religious sites in Switzerland

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Jean-Pierre Marti (2 months ago)
Very impressive but many tourists!
Markus Schoch (8 months ago)
A very nice place of power. Unfortunately everything was closed - except for access to the church. You could read "private" everywhere. That was a shame. On the homepage of the Wurmsbach monastery there was nothing that the whole facility and lake access is closed (possibly because of Covid-19).
A. F. (8 months ago)
Very nicely located, unfortunately very inaccessible. The sisters live in a strict enclosure, which of course has to be respected. That is why you can only visit the church at certain times. The bank at the monastery is closed. Due to the current Covid 19 location, even less accessible, so that this certainly beautiful place cannot be opened up to the visitor
Michail Grammenos (2 years ago)
Not much to do or see. Nice for a quick stroll
Adrian Müller (3 years ago)
Beautiful church with lots of wood. Especially nice is the meditation room. We recommend.
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