Klosterneuburg, in the district: Tulln was the first town my friends took me to, about 15 min drive from Kirchbach – a town with about 26.000 inhabits and that is famous for its monastery. In Klosterneuburg I met the spring of 2018.
What I have seen so far of Austrian monasteries, they are not very humble in their appearance, more like castles. Big and the lay on high locations with stunning views and Klosterneuburg are just in that class of grandeur. Most monasteries live on wine or beer making, or both plus food and dining.
It is located on the Danube River, immediately north of Vienna, from which it is separated by the Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg hills of the Vienna Woods range. It has been separated from its twin city of Korneuburg on the left bank of the Danube since the river changed its course during the Late Middle Ages.
Stift Klosterneuburg, according to the legend, Margrave Leopold III founded Klosterneuburg Monastery at the place where he found the veil of his wife Agnes, which had been seized by a gust of wind on the day of their wedding. The foundation stone was laid 1114. In 1133 the Order of the Augustinian Canons settled at Klosterneuburg upon Leopold’s initiative. Since that time (with the exception of the years between 1941 and 1945, when the canonry was suppressed by the Nazis).
Today, almost 50 canons who are members of the Canonry, and the great number of staff in the parishes and the monastic businesses want to take this great legacy into the future together. There are often concerts arranged at the monastery and art exhibitions. There are daily tours around the monastery and the wine cellar.
The monastery is the oldest wine estate in Austria. Truly beautiful place and very impressive.
We visit the church, walked around on the grounds and finished off with a coffee break/lunch at Stiftscafé, the monastery has 2 cafes and one restaurant. The weather invited us to eat outdoors and I ice cream outdoor for the first time this year: mango, pistachio, and coconut. Yummy!!!!! Went very well with the sunshine.
Lower Klosterneuburg is a very pretty town with small lovely shops, but the main street goes just through the town center and that spoils it a bit. The upper part of the town holds the City Hall. After lunch, we visit the lower part of the town, did some shopping, had more ice cream … just enjoyed the day.
On the way home, we stopped at one of the local farmers in Kirchbach, said hello to the goats, newborn lambs, cows, the roster and his hens … and the curly pigs.
And as we reached the house I just had to get some images of the wood anemone – in my instinct, I thought that they are only grown here in the Nordics, how wrong have not been … the woodland ground are covered with them in Austria too.
“Some people say laughter is the best medicine,
others think that wine is the way to go. I take both.”