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saronic wrote a review Oct 2019
Zurich, Switzerland17,208 contributions1,550 helpful votes
No doubt one of the most important cultural sights of the Vinschgau is the monastery of Marienberg, an impressive building situated high above the 13th century Füstenburg and the village of Burgeis. I had been hiking from Mals, partly on a path by a 'Waal', a traditional South Tyrolean irrigation canal, and then after going through the compact village of Burgeis up in about 30min to the monastery. Somehow the abbey is more impressive from far than close up. There is a big courtyard with on one side a museum, a shop, also toilets, while on the other side are the monastic buildings proper with the church. The entrance gate to the church is of Romanesque style with some frescoes on the side. The interior is baroque, but not overly opulent, as so often in this style. Reading about the eventful history of the abbey fascinated me more than the sights in here. In this respect the not far away Benedictine monastery of Müstair (UNESCO World Heritage) across the border in Switzerland, is defintely more intriguing. Apparently though there are some superb frescoes in Marienberg's crypt (discovered in 1980), but access to it is very limited. Marienberg was founded by a noble from the Engadine in the mid-12th century also as a Benedictine monastery. It had seen a lot of up and downs in the following centuries, being closed at certain times, but mostly it served as the spiritual and educational center of the Upper Vinschgau. The monastery is open daily (except Sundays) from 10am to 5pm. Only for the museum is there an entrance fee. Attached to the abbey is now also a 'Klostercafé'.…
Date of experience: October 2019
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László S wrote a review Jul 2017
21 contributions11 helpful votes
It is worth to have a closer look to the monastery. The museum is very small, a new design, full of concrete and steel. The entrance fee is too high comparing to the content. It would be interesting to see some old parts of the huge building, but only the church is open for visitors. …
Date of experience: July 2017
Outofthelaw wrote a review Oct 2016
Yeovil, United Kingdom528 contributions171 helpful votes
Attracted by its size and beauty and architecture investigations began It was not open to tourists but I suspect If in need of a place to find inner peace was needed a "retreat" to this place would do the soul good.
Date of experience: September 2016
Tim D wrote a review Aug 2016
Altdorf, Germany558 contributions71 helpful votes
This place is huge and we were only allowed to see the outside. The building is seen from many miles away and has a beautiful history!
Date of experience: August 2016
louveteau wrote a review Jul 2016
Remigen, Switzerland70 contributions14 helpful votes
The Kloster Marineberg is a very interesting place of history in this corner of Europe that has experienced different dominations during the centuries.
Date of experience: July 2016