A surprise awaited us in the small town of Schlierbach in Upper Austria, in which we made a stop on our journey from Burgenland to Tyrol: the baroque collegiate church in Schlierbach Abbey. We hadn't made any big plans for the few hours that we stopped in Schlierbach, as we wanted to go to the Inn Valley early in the morning the next day. Relaxing after the drive, a walk to stretch our legs and a little exercise in the fresh air - that was all we wanted after our arrival from Burgenland. in the SPES Hotel *, in which we spent the night, we were advised to take a walk to the neighboring collegiate church of Schlierbach. "You only need a few minutes on foot," recommended the lady in the hotel. "Just the thing on a hot summer day like today," I thought.
Down the steep slope, past a small path chapel, we followed the paved road that leads into the village. Always along the ridge with occasional views of the Upper Kremstal below us went the way. A bench that offered a great view of the valley looked inviting. Somewhat later in the year I would have liked to take a long break to enjoy the view, listen to the birds and watch the hustle and bustle in the valley. The sun, which burned from the sky at temperatures of almost forty degrees, made us look for the next shady place this time. So we quickly reached the center with the local government and the post office. Another bend and a few steps up the mountain again, and we were standing at the gates to the Schlierbach Abbey.
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The baroque collegiate church in Schlierbach Abbey - an architectural masterpiece
In the inner courtyard we learned in the visitor center that the last tour through the monastery was already on its way, but we could also take a look at the church on our own. In the heat of the day I preferred that anyway. The coolness in the church would do us good and give us the opportunity to escape the summer heat a little. What then completely surprised me, however, was the grandiose baroque interior of the Schlierbach collegiate church. Here we were not standing in a simple village church, but in a masterpiece of baroque architecture. I did not expect this here!
Round arches with gold decorations separated the side aisles from the nave of the church. Statues of saints looked down on us from each of the pillars. The greatest thing, however, was the white barrel vault with its exuberant decoration of stucco garlands, chubby angels and ceiling paintings, which give the main room of the church a light superstructure. Here I like to sit in one of the pews to look at this baroque splendor in detail. As I learned later, the church was built in the 17th century in the Baroque style by the Italian artist family Carlone. They had furnished the interior with abundant stucco work and frescoes, which even take today's viewer breathless when faced with this example of baroque architecture unprepared.
History of Schlierbach Abbey
Also interesting is the history of the congregation. Once stood on the site of the collegiate church of Schlierbach a castle. I can well imagine her watching over the upper Krems valley below. Even today, from the hills above Schlierbach offers a wide view of the Kremstal. But that was a long time ago. 903 was built by a Swabian count named Zwentibold in this place. From the 14. Cistercian women moved there in the 16th century. They administered the castle until the secularization, in the course of which the nunnery was dissolved. After that, the castle was empty for decades and decayed increasingly. Only in the year 1620 Styrian monks came to Schlierbach and began to renovate the buildings. From 1672 to 1712, the Carlones finally created their Baroque masterpiece, which is still managed by Cistercian monks.
As we unfortunately learned too late, there is a Klostereigene cheese factory in Schlierbach, where we could have seen cheese making. Well, maybe next time!
The next morning we had a little taste of the region's regional produce at breakfast at Hotel SPES. Cheese and regional sausage specialties from Upper Austria were just the thing for an early start to the day and for our onward journey to Tyrol.
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Camping in Schlierbach
You can also visit Schlierbach by mobile home. The place offers a campsite at the Mostschenke, Föhrenweg 7, 4553 Schlierbach, Austria.
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Source: On-site research. We would like to thank Genuss Reisen for the invitation and support on this trip. Our opinion remains our own.
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