Stams Abbey

In the heart of Tyrol's alpine splendor, Stams Abbey stands as a golden testament to Austria's rich monastic tradition. This Cistercian monastery, with its twin-towered church, is not just a spiritual haven but also an architectural masterpiece. Read more

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Founded in 1273, Stams Abbey, or Stift Stams, is renowned for its splendid Baroque architecture. Its roots trace back to the Middle Ages, when Count Meinhard II of Tyrol established the abbey as a memorial for his son. Over the centuries, despite facing adversities like fires and secularization, the abbey has thrived and today remains a pivotal center for spiritual and cultural activities.
One of the most striking features of Stams Abbey is its church, adorned with stunning frescoes, intricate stucco work, and a magnificent high altar. The church, dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, is an embodiment of Baroque opulence.
In addition to its religious significance, the abbey has gained acclaim for its school and the ski gymnasium, which has nurtured several Olympic skiing champions. Surrounding the abbey are the lush gardens and the impressive backdrop of the Tyrolean Alps, creating a serene ambiance that beckons visitors for reflection and meditation.
A visit to Stams Abbey is not just a step back in history but also a journey into spiritual introspection, art appreciation, and a connection with nature. Whether one seeks spiritual solace or marvels at architectural beauty, Stams Abbey in Austria offers a fulfilling experience.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Stams Abbey

Abbey Church

The heart of the monastery, this Baroque church, boasts stunning interiors with frescoes, altars, and an impressive organ.

Orange Garden

A symbol of the monastery's connection with nature, this garden is dotted with sculptures and offers a tranquil setting.

Abbey Museum

Discover the rich history of Stams Abbey, its founders, and its religious significance through an array of artifacts and exhibits.

Imperial Hall

An epitome of grandeur, this hall is adorned with frescoes depicting scenes from the Old and New Testaments.

Cistercian Monastic Path

Experience monastic life by walking this path, which offers stations for reflection and insight into monastic traditions.

Rosary Way

A spiritual journey, this path is lined with chapels representing the mysteries of the rosary.

Ski Gymnasium

Recognized for producing skiing talents, this facility is a testament to the abbey's commitment to holistic education.

The Crypt

A resting place for Tyrolean nobility, the crypt showcases ornate sarcophagi and is a silent witness to history.

Baroque Garden

A harmonious blend of nature and art, this garden is adorned with sculptures, fountains, and ornamental hedges.

Nearby Hiking Trails

The Tyrolean Alps surrounding the abbey offer numerous hiking opportunities, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in Austria's breathtaking natural beauty.

What else to visit
In and around Stams Abbey

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Imst (19.17 km)

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Alpine Coaster (20.06 km)

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Zugspitze (20.09 km)

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen (25.05 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a quintessential German resort town brimming with Alpine charm, known worldwide for its excellent winter sports, particularly skiing, and rich cultural heritage.

Plansee (25.74 km)

Plansee, nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is a stunning natural lake that offers serene beauty and a multitude of outdoor activities. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, it's a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

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