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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Michail Grammenos (20 months ago)
Not much to do or see. Nice for a quick stroll
Adrian Müller (2 years ago)
Beautiful church with lots of wood. Especially nice is the meditation room. We recommend.
Urs-Werner Merkli (2 years ago)
Everything private. And monastery with unused Badi for the privileged. And then Federer should make the beach accessible!
Franz B64 (2 years ago)
Place of power with a bright monastery church. Highly recommended to come to rest.
Mindaugas S. (2 years ago)
Honestly, not much to see, no access to the lake, "Private" signs all over. The church itself is in good condition, however it lacks some character, it dates back to 1200, however it really looks like it was built yesterday.
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