Wel­co­me to Stift Zwettl Abbey!

The mo­nas­te­ry in Zwettl was foun­ded by Had­mar I. of Ku­en­ring in 1138. The first Cis­ter­ci­ans de­ve­lo­ped a ra­tio­nal, in­te­gra­ted sche­me for buil­ding ab­beys, which was used across Eu­ro­pe. They erec­ted their mo­nas­te­ries far away from sett­le­ments, part­ly even in un­po­pu­la­ted re­gi­ons. Stift Zwettl Ab­bey pre­ser­ved its me­di­eval ap­pearan­ce till to­day. The clois­ter was built in the first half of the 13th cen­tu­ry. One can fol­low the dif­fe­rent sta­ges of me­di­eval ar­chi­tec­tu­re here – if you look at the ol­dest parts which are the north and the east wings you can see the roun­ded Ro­ma­nes­que ar­ches, in the foun­tain house the­re are lan­cet Go­thic ar­ches. Clo­se to the dor­mi­to­ry, whe­re the mon­ks used to sleep, the­re is the “ne­cessa­ri­um”, which was the la­tri­ne. The Chap­ter House in Ro­ma­nes­que style dates back to the last quar­ter of the 12th cen­tu­ry. Thus it is the ol­dest ex­tant Cis­ter­ci­an chap­ter. The Mo­nas­te­ry Church has a late Go­thic hall choir which com­bi­nes har­mo­nious­ly with an am­bu­la­to­ry and a ring of 14 cha­pels, ist Ba­ro­que high al­tar is de­di­ca­ted to the As­sump­ti­on of Vir­gin Mary.

Au­dio­gui­des in Eng­lish are available. 

In­fra­st­ruc­tu­re
Re­stau­rant, Ab­bey shop

Ope­ning time
Eas­ter by the end of Oc­to­ber, 9.30 am to 4 pm (last ent­ry time 3 pm)

Ad­mis­si­on
Adults € 10,90
Con­ces­si­ons € 9,90
Fa­mi­lies € 21,80
Child­ren € 5,00