Altenburg Monastery

Baroque gem of the Waldviertel.

This monastery situated high above the River Kamp is justifiably known as the “Baroque jewel of the Waldviertel”.

Founded in 1144,  it was transformed during the course of the 18th century into a symphony of marble, frescos, stucco and gold  by eminent artists of the time, in particular the master-builder Joseph Munggenast and the artist Paul Troger The highlights of this splendour include the monastery church, the library and the crypt with its unique “dance of death” paintings. The remains of the medieval “monastery underneath the monastery” can also be seen as part of a guided tour. The annual summer programme of events includes the “Allegro Vivo” International Festival of Chamber Music, the Academy of Music and performances of theatre.