Enjoy Beer and Gardens in the Abbey Schlägl in the Šumava Peninsula

Schlägl Abbey in the Mühlviertel in the Bohemian Forest

Enjoy the Šumava beer with beer in the gardens of Stift Schlägl

The Šumava in the Mühlviertel is not only worth the trip because of Schlägl Abbey. In Aigen Schlägl, the monastery and the brewery beckon on an excursion. Here the collegiate beer and the gardens increase our enjoyment even more. The food from the monastery kitchen also does the rest. We are invited to a press trip to Schlägl Abbey and meet with Abbot Emeritus Martin Felhofer. He directed the fortunes of the monastery from 1989 to 2019 and has just handed over his office to his successor. He tells us about it over lunch in the guest refectory. Almost apologetically, he draws our attention to the fact that there is no meat for lunch. However, he doesn't know our preferences because they are Mühlviertel West Nester just taste delicious. This is a kind of strudel made from potato dough. They are filled with apples and raisins. A regional specialty from the Mühlviertel. And delicious!



Mühlviertler Wasp nests
Mühlviertel wasp nests in the Aigen Schlägl monastery


State horticultural show in Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel

After this welcome full of enjoyment at Schlägl Abbey, Abbot Martin and Barbara Kneidinger, Managing Director of Bio.Garten.Eden, lead us through the State Garden Show Upper Austria. This took place on the grounds of Stift Schlägl until October 13, 2019. Most of the facilities will remain in place until at least 2024. In themed gardens the visitor learns interesting facts about how to garden in an environmentally friendly way. We start our tour in the island garden. This deserves its name, because the Große Mühl flows around it on both sides.

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In the island garden
In the Inselgarten in the Aigen Schlägl Abbey


This is what you need for hiking in Schlägl Abbey

  • With this packing list for hikers you will never forget anything on your hikes.
  • Comfortable walking shoes for wide feetwhere you can walk well even on rough paths
  • A backpack is definitely practical for everything you need on the go.
  • Along the Walking there are often benches for one picknick on the roadside.
  • Hiking destinations in and around Schlägl Abbey offer beautiful photo opportunities. So you should get your Camera .
  • Take something to drink with you. You will be out and about in the sun a lot on hikes in the Mühlviertel. One drinking bottle * does good service here.


The mill owes its name to the Mühlviertel. It is hot. Therefore, visitors like to use the Mühl for a cooling in the river. At the end of the island garden, we discover a replica river shell. Real specimens can be found in the waters of the mill.


A modeled river shell
A modeled river mussel in the Aigen Schlägl pen


The creation garden

Over the bridge, which crosses the side arm of the Mühl, we arrive in the creation garden. This is particularly dear to Abbot Martin. Did he play a decisive role in shaping him? Flowers and plants grow in the flower beds, which have a special meaning in Christianity.


In the Schoepfungsgarten
In the Schoepfungsgarten


The "path of responsibility" belongs to the creation garden. This shows how reckless use of nature can have an impact. But it also provides suggestions on how to use leftovers effectively. In the spirit of Greta Thunberg's environmental movement, visitors receive tips on how to be considerate of the environment and nature.


The path of perfection
The path of perfection


With a view of a pasture on which cattle and sheep graze, we pass the Global Home II. This is one of the art installations of the State Garden Show, which stands for the cultures that find a new home in Austria. A wooden house was created from numerous facades. Barbara Kneidinger says: "Over time, this building will be overgrown with plants and form a unified whole." I think it's a nice idea.

The bio-cycle

In the next part of the Bio.Garten.Eden the visitor can get information about the bio-cycle. From crop rotation to soil and water to insects, he discovers everything that is needed for a garden. Part of the garden is the Bio-School, which is also used for organic farming after the end of the Landesgartenschau.


Organic cycle in the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel


The community garden

The same applies to the communal garden. This also remains beyond the end of the garden exhibition. Hobby gardeners are already gathering here to order their beds. The complex is laid out with wide access paths. Therefore wheelchair users can easily reach their beds.


In the community garden in the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
In the community garden


The permaculture garden

Not far away is this garden. In this, you pay attention to the fact that plants and animals promote each other. You do not sell snails, you create habitats for them. The same applies to weeds or garden waste. In a Permakulturgarten one uses everything. How well that works, we have already on one of our trips to Kleinwalsertal experience.


The Permakulturgarten in the monastery Schlägl in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
The permaculture garden


The founder garden

At the end of our tour through the Landesgartenschau we finally visit the Stiftergarten. It is a garden used for concerts. Once, one of the abbots of the monastery had a residence built on its edge. Today there is a labyrinth, a pond and a power place.


In the Stiftergarten in the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
In the donor garden


The gardens described here are also accessible to visitors after the Landesgartenschau.

Here you can find more information about:


Schlägler Hauptstraße 4
4160 Aigen-Schlägl



Stifts beer from the Stift Schlägl brewery in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel

After our tour of the state horticultural show, a visit to the Schlägl brewery was just the thing. This is where the monastery brews its Schlägl beer. The tour through the brewery was particularly exciting. We have already visited several of them on our travels. However, we still saw a few workers in the bottling plants. In the Schlägl monastery brewery, the process is now fully automated. A truck delivers used bottles. A suction device removes this from the boxes. Then a multiple washing process begins. Even the tiniest residues of dirt are removed. Only then do you refill the bottles with beer. A video shows the process of how the bottles are refilled.

We also found the brewery's beer museum in Schlägl Abbey interesting. In it you can see how beer was brewed in the past and distributed to its customers. If you are interested in beer and its production, we recommend a visit to this museum.


Stiftsbrauerei Schlägl in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
Schlägl Abbey Brewery in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel


A beer tasting is a must

The final beer tasting should not be missing after a visit to the brewery. Master brewer Reinhard Bayer shows us how to do it correctly. As with wine tasting, he lets the beer spin in a glass. He smells it. “You can smell the typical smell, especially with smoked beer,” he explains. "What does it smell of for you?" He put us to the test immediately afterwards. I almost don't dare to say it. But for me, the smoked beer smells of bacon. When Reinhard Bayer notices my skeptical look, he laughs. "It smells like bacon, doesn't it?" Well, yes. “It's mostly the women who notice that. The men don't dare to say it. ”My sense of smell is therefore not entirely absurd. In any case, the Schlägler Rauchbock tastes very good. Although I'm actually not a beer drinker. I also love the home beer, one of the craft beers that are brewed in the Schlägl Abbey.

A guided tour of the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel

Before we meet Abbot Martin again for dinner in the abbey restaurant, archivist H. Petrus shows us the treasures of the abbey. The collegiate church testifies to the long history of the abbey. Founded in 1218 by Kalhoch von Falkenstein, the abbey looks back on a long history. The architectural styles in the collegiate church make this clear. Everything from Gothic to Baroque to New Baroque from the period of historicism can be found here. “We don't own works of art by great painters,” explains archivist Petrus. "With the exception of the altarpiece that August Palme from Munich painted in 1845."


In the Abbey Library in the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
In the Abbey Library in the Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel


The ceiling paintings in the library also came from this painter. The pen has around 60000 books from the period from 1520 to around 1900. They are on the shelves in three layers one behind the other. So far, only part of it has been cataloged. "However, this is not so important," says archivist Petrus. “We only have a few first editions. Most of our factories are already recorded in Vienna anyway. The most valuable in our document inventory are 240 parchment and paper manuscripts from the Middle Ages. Internationally requested are 48 codices from the estate of the Bohemian early humanist Johannes von Rabenstein. ”This proximity to Bohemia certainly has to do with the fact that Schlägl Abbey is located in the border triangle between Bayern, The Czech Bohemia and Austria lies.


Pen Schlägl
Pen Schlägl


We refuse to visit the Romanesque crypt. After that hot June day, a cold beer and a hearty dinner in the Stiftskeller lures you too much.

At the end of the day: eat well in the monastery restaurant

The monastery restaurant is one of the Guesthouses in the Mühlviertelthat we recommend. Abbot Martin is already waiting for us on the terrace of the monastery restaurant. “There's meat this time too,” he laughs. We make full use of that. I order a boiled beef with potato malt and vegetables. Petar likes it even more hearty. He has a roast pork with bread dumplings and potatoes. An eventful day comes to an end with a glass of abbey beer from the monastery brewery and interesting conversations about monastery life and the Mühlviertel.


Tafelspitz with Erdaepfel-Sterz and vegetables
Tafelspitz with Erdaepfel-Sterz and vegetables in the monastery cellar of the Aigen Schlägl Stift - with a pen beer from the Stift Schlägl brewery tastes good



We did this program in one day. To really enjoy it, we recommend extending your stay to at least two days. Then there is time for the benches, which invite to rest. For a walk in the village. Or a coffee break in between. By the way, you can spend the night directly in the guest wing of the monastery. This offers functionally furnished guest rooms with shower and toilet and a good breakfast. You can ask for prices and availability under this e-mail: seminar@stift-schlaegl.at.

More tips for the environment

Travel Arrangements

Arrival to Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel

Book yours here Arrival by plane, bus or train*.

Arriving by car:

From Vienna and Salzburg: Via the A1 and the A7 to the Urfahr exit. Then continue on the B127 towards Rohrbach. About 4 km after Rohrbach, turn right towards Aigen-Schlägl.
From Passau: Via the state road 388 towards Wegscheid. From the Wegscheid / Kollerschlag border crossing, continue on the B38 towards Rohrbach. Shortly after Oepping, turn onto the B127 towards Aigen-Schlägl.

Arriving by train:

At Linz main station you can take the post bus to Aigen or Schwarzenberg. The bus stops in front of Schlägl Abbey. Alternatively, you can take the tram, line 3, from the main train station to the Mühlkreisbahnhof. Then you can take the Mühlkreisbahn in approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes to the Schlägl stop. The stop is only approx. 500 m above the monastery on the edge of the garden landscape of the State Horticultural Show.


You can also spend the night practically and comfortably in the newly restored guest wing of Schlägl Abbey. Contact address: seminar@stift-schlaegl.at, Alternatively you can also in Aigen and surroundings * stay.


Schlägl Abbey in the Bohemian Forest in the Mühlviertel
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Find more Slow Travel Destinations can be found here. Other monasteries we introduce here.

Source: own research on site with the kind support of Klösterreich

Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

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