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„Stift Heiligenkreuz“, which means the „Abbey of Heiligenkreuz“, is a beautiful and living Cistercian monastery, close to Vienna, the capital of Austria. Stift Heiligenkreuz is the second-oldest Cistercian monastery in the world and the oldest...more
Heiligenkreuz 1, Heiligenkreuz 2532, Austria
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

Moving spiritual very old, intricate wood cravings, magnificent fountain, still active religious order, stain glass breathtaking, monastery is a place of peace and order. Will stand out as one of the highlights of the trip

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

Heiligenkreuz is a municipality in the district of Baden, in the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It is known for the Cistercian monastery of Heiligenkreuz Abbey, the associated papal college Benedict XVI and the Catholic Leopoldinum seminary.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 10, 2018

It was beautiful drive on a sunny day thru the Viennese countryside to visit this monastery. Very interesting buildings with unusual geometric patterns in their stained glass windows. Enough different motifs to fill a pattern book.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

After visiting Melk Abbey we weren't expecting to learn much more here but we were super surprised. MAybe because we had a great guide or maybe because it's just so nice here but this visit was one of our favorites in Austria. There are still...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed December 22, 2017 via mobile

Situated in the Vienna Woods this is an occupied monastery and is the oldest continuously occupied one in the world. An easy day trip from Vienna it's a lovely scenic drive to reach it. We went here on a structured tour and was given a...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed October 21, 2017

If you visit here wear something warm as it was absolutely freezing in there to the point of me shivering, thankfully a friend put a cardigan over my shoulders and we were in there for about 30 minutes. So this could spoil your interest.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

We were both grateful for the opportunity to visit this most holy and resilient 12th Century Abbey. The architecture and solemnity are noteworthy.

Date of experience: October 2017
Isabel E, Manager at Heiligenkreuz Abbey, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

Thank you for your visit and the good rating. And please do come again. :)

Reviewed August 14, 2017

The Cistercian abbey of Heiligenkreuz (Holy Cross), founded in 1133, features Romanesque, Gothic, and Baroque architecture. The tour gives an idea of the lives of the monks throughout the ages; currently, there are nearly a hundred, all of whom are also priests and engage in...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Andrew S
Management response:Responded August 17, 2017

Thank you for rating us! By the way: Since last week our numbers have exceeded the 100 monks mark, we are 101 now. :) God bless!

Reviewed August 13, 2017 via mobile

We had a private tour of Heiligenkreuz Abbey when visiting Vienna. It is a real working Monastery so we saw monks throughout it. The history is rich with tradition. Worthwhile to visit!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank acphifer
Management response:Responded August 17, 2017

Thank you for your visit, please come again! :) God bless

Reviewed July 20, 2017

Went with my mother-in-law who is German. The guide was great but even she had difficulty understanding his accent! She did ask him to speak a little slower and he did for a while but then sped up again as the tour lasted just under...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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May 9, 2015|
Response from 572stevenl |
As I know it is not. You have to join the tour group and 6 people is the minimum. We will drive to visit that place ourselves.