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Europe’s largest monastery complex in Tirol/Tirolo

From pilgrimage site to a meeting place for wine, culture and education

Founded in 1142 by the Bishop of Brixen/Bressanone at the intersection of two important routes - the Brenner and the route to the Pustertal valley - the Augustinian Neustift Canons Regular Monastery was recognized, among other things, as a hospice and rest area for pilgrims. Today the Monastery makes a name for itself as a place of agriculture, culture and education. From the monastery winery to the herb garden, from the electricity plant to the educational center, several businesses are united in the monastery.

The Augustinian Neustift Canons Regular Monastery in Vahrn/Varna is the largest Monastery complex in Tirol/Tirolo. The Monastery has an holistic conception and was independent and versatile from its very foundation. A walk through the Monastery complex will let you understand its size and importance as a former important cultural and economic hub of the Eisacktal/Valle Isarco valley. The first thing that will catch your eye are the architectural elements: Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque. With the Engelsburg, the late Baroque collegiate church, the Gothic cloister, the miracle fountain, the library’s unique manuscripts and the historic Pinakothek, the Augustinian Neustift Canons Regular Monastery is one of the most remarkable sights of the Eisacktal valley.

During the guided museum tours you will gain a deeper insight into the history of the Monastery; an exceptionally pleasant experience is offered by vineyard tours and tastings of the Monastery’s wines.

Products from the Monastery

In the Monastery winery the highly acclaimed Valle Isarco white wines of the Praepositus line like the Sylvaner, Kerner or Gewürztraminer are produced. The high-quality herbs of the Monastery are also widely known. All products of the Augustinian Canons Regular Monastery of Neustift, but also many products of other Monasteries in Europe, can be purchased in the Monastery store.

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