Lilienfeld Abbey - Abbey Library, Monastery & Gallery

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Stift Lilienfeld in Lower Austria

The Lilienfeld Abbey in Mostviertel with the abbey library, monastery and gallery promises a surprising visit. Surprised? Why? We're experiencing one here Time out in a monasterythat transports us to another time. The pen in Lower Austria goes back to the year 1202. Cistercian Holy cross were the first people to live in the monastery. The signs of the times are obvious. The steps to the guest wing of the monastery are skewed by the many feet that went over it. In many places you notice the age of the building. However, if one learns what belongs to the pen, it is no wonder that money for cosmetic repairs is scarce. The pen includes the collegiate complex, huts, Parish churches and parsonages. The monastery finances the preservation of these buildings. A mammoth task that the income from forest, hunting, fishing and guest care pay for.


Stift Lilienfeld in autumn © Copyright Harald Schmid
Stift Lilienfeld in autumn © Copyright Harald Schmid


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The collegiate gallery

All the more amazing are the treasures waiting for us in the convent building. Abbot Matthäus Nimmervoll personally takes time for us. He leads us first to the picture gallery of the monastery. Full of humor, he introduces us to the people who can be seen in the pictures. Here and in the guest reef, paintings hang on the walls depicting emperors and kings. Among them is Duke Leopold IV of Austria and Steier. He donated the monastery. We recognize Empress Maria Theresa as well as Queen Victoria of England. The gallery includes 240 paintings and a copperplate collection of 200 engravings.




The collegiate archive

This wealth of cultural treasures is shown again in the monastery archives. Archivist Irene Rabl is reverently presenting a manuscript by Empress Maria Theresia to the monastery. Carefully she opens the document. She gently strokes the ribbon that holds the writing together. Stift Lilienfeld presents his Manuscripts from the Middle Ages available online for research. But as much as I like to rummage through this online collection of scriptures, the monastery's library impresses me more.



The Abbey Library

Because of the valuable scriptures, it is not accessible to everyone. We too are only allowed to look at them through glass walls. These protect access to these works. Still, the library takes my breath away. It is the work of lay brothers. 40.000 volumes, 120 incunabula and 229 manuscripts are stored on its shelves. A treasure for everyone who loves books and old manuscripts. The frame in which the writings are kept is also impressive. The monastery library dates back to the 13th century. The hall library was built around 1700 under Abbot Sigmund Braun. Libraries like these were primarily used for representation. The books were locked in cabinets or provided with uniform spines. That way they looked more attractive.



Collegiate church and monastery

The collegiate church dates from the foundation of the monastery. It is a pillar basilica. The entrance portal also dates from the end of the Romanesque period. The interior design goes back to the Baroque. Late Baroque goes into Rococo. Worth seeing is also the monastery. Its cloister is one of the largest in Austria. A fire destroyed 1810 a large part of the monastery. The fountain house is therefore from the year 1886.



You best get to know Stift Lilienfeld on a guided tour. That's the only way you can get into all public spaces.

Guides daily from 8 - 11 watch and 14 - 16.30 watch
(on Sundays and public holidays by appointment)





Stay overnight at Lilienfeld Abbey

We spend the night in the guest wing of the monastery. There are rooms with private shower and rooms with sanitary facilities in the corridor. Breakfast is served together. Lunch and dinner you can not in the monastery Lilienfeld. We drove to it with the chairlift to Klosteralm on the Muckenkogel, Lilienfeld's local mountain. Hiking in Austria is fun here.

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Travel Arrangements

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.

Arriving by plane and / or car

Arrival by plane, bus or train*. The nearest airport is Vienna. From there you travel by car. Travel time from Vienna to Lilienfeld is about 1 hour. Of Munich one drives 4 hours, from Salzburg sowie von Graz about 2,5 hours.

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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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Lilienfeld Abbey - Abbey Library, Monastery & Gallery

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.