For 900 years, the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Maria
has lain enthroned on a mountain overlooking the village of Burgusio. Founded in the 12th Century by the von Trapp nobility, the monastery has been the spiritual and cultural centre of the Upper Venosta Valley
. It was from here that, during the Middle Ages, agriculture was revolutionized and in its comprehensive library there are unique manuscripts and valuable tomes. It was also here that the Vinscher Paarlbrot bread
was first invented and which is still baked in the Valley.
The Benedictine Abbey continues to play a vital religious and cultural role in the region. Symbolizing peace and strength, it safeguards the legacy of the past while looking to the future: a combination of work and prayer inspiring the local population and visitors alike. The Museum and the crypt with its precious frescoes are of particular significance and represent some of the most important relics of Roman art in the Alps.
Opening times from the museum and the shop:
Monday to saturday from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. (until 31st October and between 27th December and 5th January).
The crypt is only accessible during the summer months, from Monday to Saturday (except a day of festivity):
in the month of May at 3 o'clock pm for guiding and
June to October for the evening prayer of Vespers, at 5.30 o'clock pm (no reservations accepted).
Entry ticket: € 5.00
Phone: Kloster Marienberg +39 0473 843980,
Information Office Obervinschgau +39 0473 831190