Cistercian monks have lived and worked in Zwettl Abbey since 1138. The monastery, chapter house, dormitory and lavatorium of the monastery feature remarkable elements from the Romantic and Gothic periods. In the 18th century, Baroque furnishings were added to the church, and the library was built.

You are invited to stop and enjoy the terrace gardens and prelate gardens, as well as the inner courtyards and the small cloister garden.

Things to see in Zwettl Abbey:

  • Cloister & well house (audio tour)
  • Collegiate church & treasury (guided tour)
  • Abbey shop
  • Abbey restaurant and orangery coffee house
  • Historic gardens

Zwettl Abbey gardens

The gardens of Zwettl Abbey are a place of peace and relaxation.

For centuries, the monks of Zwettl Abbey have created areas in the gardens that are like Heaven on Earth. Even today, the gardens are beautiful to look at, and offer a chance of peace and relaxation. Since the beginning of the 17th century, the gardens of Zwettl Abbey have been gradually adapted according to the tastes of the times. Since 2006, they have invited both monks and visitors alike to linger.

In the monastery garden, which visitors can see during tours of the monastery in the summer, the flowers and plants symbolise the seven days of creation, according to Goethe's Theory of Colours.

Freely accessible at all times are the Lindenhof central courtyard with its old stock of trees, and the Abteihof courtyard, which exudes Mediterranean flair in summer when the oleanders are in bloom and the swallows swarm in. Even a pair of storks build a nest there every year.

Close to the orangeries is the upper prelate garden, which is also open to visitors at all times. It is in a neo-Baroque style, and forms the entrance to the Sommerstöckl, a pavilion which was formerly reserved for the abbot and his guests. Today it is home to a coffee house for visitors to the abbey. You will see the lower prelate garden as you head towards the church.

The terrace gardens are located on the southern side of the monastery, and can be reached from the Lindenhof courtyard.  The Hildegard von Bingen garden, the Blessed Virgin garden, the herbarium, the Gardens of Life, and the snack garden were all created a few years ago.

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