Stams Abbey

The Stams Abbey, a Cistercian monastery with an interesting museum, is known beyond borders for its ski gymnasium.

The Stams Abbey (Lat. Abbatia B. M. V. et Sancti Ioannis Baptistae de Stams) was founded in the 13th century by the Counts of Gorizia-Tyrol, and was meant to become the grave-site of the Counts of Tyrol. Several years later, a total of twelve monchs and five co-religionists of the Kaiserheim monastery in Swabia settled the monastery. In the 19th and 20th century the abbey was dissolved and re-settled twice: 1807 by the Bavarian government, when Tyrol became part of the realm of Bavaria, and 1938/39 by the National Socialists in order to accommodate the expatriates from South Tyrol.

The abbey church, which in 1984 was raised to a “Basilica Minor”, represents the centre of the entire complex. Particularly impressive are the paintings in the vaults and on the murals as wel as the early Baroque high altar in the form of a Tree of Life. In the plain and simpe library of the Stams Abbey 60,000 volumes, 379 incunabulas and 61 hand-writings are preserved. Probably the most important document of this comprehensive collection is the foundation document of the Stams Abbey, issued by Meinhard II in 1275. Also the lushly adorned Bernardi hall is a must-see!

In addition, there’s the in November 2017 newly opened Stams Abbey Museum with sparkling items made of gold and silver, chasubles, furniture, paintings and curiosities such as the Astronomic Table from 1425 AD and the former monks’ pharmacy from the 18th century. Stift Stams, as it is known in German, runs also a distillery, in which since the 16th century special schnapps have been distilled. The fruits for the production are cultivated in the own orchards, the home-made products can be purchased in the shop which can be found in the newly renovated Orangery. By the way, the Stams Abbey also hosts exhibitions and concerts and provides a particularly solemn athmosphere for such events!

Where: in Stams, approx. 35 km west of Innsbruck
Characteristics: the magnificent church of the Stams Abbey
Further information: phone: +43 5263 6242 / 5263 6242-512 (guided tours),

Summer opening hours: from June to September 2019
guided tours from Monday to Saturday from 9 am to 11 am and from 1 pm to 5.30 pm
guided tours on Sundays and on public holidays from 1 pm to 5.30 pm
museum open daily from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 1 pm to 5 pm

Winter opening hours: from October 2019 to May 2020
guided tours every Thursday at 4 pm
Holy Thursday (Apr 9, 2020) till 2.30 pm

Ticket adults:
12.50 Euros (guided visit with museum) / 7.00 Euros (only museum)

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