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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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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