Stift Stams
Stift Stams

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, 12 monks and 5 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 simple library of the Stams Abbey 60,000 volumes, 379 incunabula 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 atmosphere for such events!

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Opening times

  • Sat 19 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 20 Jun 13:00 - 16:00
  • Mon 21 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 22 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 23 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 24 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 25 Jun 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00

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Guided abbey tours (10/01/2020 - 05/27/2021)

  • Mon closed
  • Tue closed
  • Wed closed
  • Thu 16:00 - 17:30
  • Fri closed
  • Sat closed
  • Sun closed

National holiday (10/26/2020) closed

All Saints (11/01/2020) closed

8th December (12/08/2020) closed

Christmas Eve (12/24/2020) closed

Christmas (12/25/2020) closed

New Year's Eve (12/31/2020) closed

New Year (01/01/2021) closed

Easter (04/04/2021) closed

Easter Monday (04/05/2021) closed

Summer (museum) (06/01/2021 - 09/30/2021)

  • Mon 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Tue 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Wed 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Thu 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Fri 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Sat 09:00 - 11:00 13:00 - 16:00
  • Sun 13:00 - 16:00

15th August (08/15/2021) 13:00 - 16:00

Admission

museum - summer:
€ 7.00 adults
€ 5.00 seniors
€ 4.00 pupils and students
€ 4.00 people with disabilities

guided abbey tours (max. 6 persons) - with basilica:
€ 12.50 adults
€ 10.00 groups, seniors
€ 6.00 pupils and students
€ 6.00 people with disabilities

guided abbey tours - without basilica (if closed):
€ 7.50 adults
€ 5.50 seniors
€ 4.50 pupils and students
€ 4.50 people with disabilities

More information

In winter, the Stams Abbey is only accessible within a guided tour, in summer the museum can be visited independently after the tour. The tickets are available at the shop in the orangery.

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