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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Youngtimer 89 (5 months ago)
Nice place, rather unfriendly sisters. Lake access and everything else heavily limited. Nice place but without good connections, nothing for everyone. It is chosen who is allowed to go to the lake and who is not. Too bad ☹️ Has little to do with God!
Monique Moretti (6 months ago)
Very nicely located, right on the lake, a real place of power, a place of rest and reflection
Andrés Felipe (8 months ago)
All amazing !! I am surprised by the comments since people do not understand that it is a Monastery not a vacation place, it is a place of prayer and not of tourism. I think what the nuns do there is fantastic.
Jean-Pierre Marti (9 months ago)
Very impressive but many tourists!
Markus Schoch (15 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).
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