The Notburga-Museum in the municipality of Eben am Achensee is the only museum of Austria which is dedicated to a Saint.
The interesting Saint Notburga Museum in Eben tells about the centuries-long veneration of the Saint Notburga of Rattenberg. It is located in the presbytery of the St Notburga Parish Church, one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings of Tyrol. When the church was sanctified in the middle of the 18th century, the newly clothed skeleton of the Saint was positioned at the high altar where it can still be admired today.
Through the centuries the veneration of the Saint Notburga brought plenty of pilgrims to the municipality of Eben am Achensee. But who was the Saint? Born in 1265 AD as a hatter’s daughter in Rattenberg, a part of Bavaria then, Notburga cared all her life for the poor, disabled and ill people. She was a maid at Henry I of Rottenburg who allowed her to distribute leftovers to the people. When this was forbidden under Henry II, she was fasting for one day a week and distributed her food. Several miracles are attributed to her. Today Saint Notburga is a venerated national Saint in Tyrol and South Bavaria and is considered as the patron saint of the maids and of farming.
In 2013 “700 years Saint Notburga” was celebrated in the museum. In six rooms the oldest documents about the Saint, various objects, Baroque paintings and Rococo sculptures are exhibited. Every year in autumn the “Nachterlebnis” (Experience of the night) takes place at Lake Achensee. With only one ticket most of the attractions around the lake can be experienced!
Where: in the presbytery of Eben am Achensee
Peculiarity: single museum of Austria dedicated to a Saint
Opening hours: from May 1 to October 31, 2017
Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 3 to 5 pm
St Notburga Sunday (Sept 17, 2017): from 10 am to 6 pm
Entrance adults: 3.50 Euros
Further information: phone: +43 664 3914186, firstname.lastname@example.org