Benediktinerstift Göttweig, Gottweig

Göttweig Abbey is a Benedictine monastery near Krems in Lower Austria.
Göttweig Abbey was founded as a monastery of canons regular by Blessed Altmann, Bishop of Passau. The high altar of the church was dedicated in 1072, but the monastery itself not until 1083: the foundation charter, dated 9 September 1083, is still preserved in the abbey archives.
By 1094 the discipline of the community had become so lax that Bishop Ulrich of Passau, with the permission of Pope Urban II, introduced the Rule of St. Benedict. Prior Hartmann of St. Blaise's Abbey in the Black Forest was elected abbot. He brought with him from St. Blaise's a number of chosen monks, among whom were Blessed Wirnto and Blessed Berthold, later abbots of Formbach and Garsten respectively. Under Hartmann (1094 - 1114) Göttweig became a famous seat of learning and strict monastic observance. He founded a monastic school, organized a library, and at the foot of the hill built a nunnery where it is believed that Ava, the earliest German language poetess known by name (d. 1127), lived as an anchorite. The nunnery, which was afterwards transferred to the top of the hill, continued to exist until 1557.
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  • This summer we took aViking River Cruise up the Danube River. One of our stops was Krems, Austria where we visited a beautiful monastery abbey run by monks. It was so beautiful. The marble...  more »
  • We enjoyed touring Göttweig Abbey from a Viking Cruise excursion. The guided tour was prefaced by wine or apricot juice samples before seeing a nice video that explained the history of the abbey and.....  more »
  • Holy History, Batman! The Abbey is a very special place. Incredible panoramic views from around the grounds. We watched a wedding take place in the church after doing a personal tour of the grounds. Wine tastings and a separate restaurant assure you won't go thirsty. The frescoes are amazing. Highly recommend you make time for a visit if in the Wachau Valley.
  • The presentation in the museum of the serious history and still-current monastery lifestyle are nicely combined with a visitable and hospitable vibe. Views from the restaurant terrace are fabulous and the church often hosts very interesting musical events. Best reachable via a short lovely train ride to Furth-Göttweig station, from there a 3 min bus ride or 30 min walk.
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