Cistercian Monastery of Schlierbach
A Treasure of the Baroque Age
The Schlierbach Cistercian Monastery, one of Central Europe’s oldest monasteries, is a Baroque jewel with a difference.
The Cistercian Monastery is a spiritual, cultural and artistic center and a true treat for all senses. The splendid interiors are best explored within a guided tour.
The Monastery is not only popular for its private glass painting workshop but also for the Schlierbach Cheese Specialties that age behind the convent’s walls.
History of the Monastery:
In 1355, Cistercian nuns settled down at the Castle of Schlierbach, having got the instruction to pray for the salvation of founder Eberhard V of Wallsee. The 16th century brought about the Protestant Reformation and this was the end of monastic life in Schlierbach. In 1620, Cistercian monks moved to Schlierbach to resume regular monastic life.
In the 17th and 18th century, there have been substantial reconstructions of the church and the monastery, carried out by the Upper Italian Carlone family of artists. The sumptuous Baroque results of their building activities can still be marvelled at Schlierbach today. Pride of place is given to the library, holding some 12,000 volumes, to the magnificent collegiate church in Baroque style and to the lovely "Bernardi" festivity hall.
Palm Sunday through October 31
Mondays to Saturdays: 08:30am - 12:00noon and 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Sundays & Holidays: 10:30am - 12:00noon and 1:30pm - 4:30pm
Guided Tours: Mondays to Saturdays at 10:00am and at 2:00pm
Sundays & Holidays at 10:30am and at 2:00pm
Closed on Easter Sunday and All Saints Day!
November through Palm Saturday
Mondays to Fridays: 08:30am - 12:00noon and 1:00pm - 4:30pm
Saturdays: 08:30am - 12:00noon
Guided Tours: Mondays to Fridays at 10:00am and at 2:00pm
Saturdays at 10:00am
Closed on Saturday Afternoons, Sundays & Public Holidays!
Guided tours for groups of 15+ are available anytime year-round by prior arrangement!
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