Off the beaten track. If you want to visit Reichersberg Abbey, you have to dive a little deeper, travel a bit further, take a closer look. Located in northern Upper Austria, near the border with the German state of Bavaria, you will find many rewards as a curious traveller here.
What is it like, then, to not only visit but stay at a historic abbey like this? What experiences lie waiting for you behind monastery walls?
Today I’ll tell you a little more about it.
Eating, drinking and staying at Reichersberg Abbey.
Surely you are wondering what a guest room at the abbey looks like? From simple “cells” to four-star luxury, everything is possible! In fact, Reichersberg Abbey offers simple yet cosy rooms, calling on you to “keep it simple”, too.
The catering is more elaborate, offering excellent wines from the various vineyards of the monastery and delicious culinary delights from the Innviertel district (including the famous Innviertler Erdäpfelkas potato spread. A local treat!).
We take part in a wine tasting with Barbara Putz, the manager of the monastery shop, and learn more about the numerous monastery vineyards, the liqueurs and noble brandies from the abbey’s own production.
Delicious abbey products as well as gifts from the Innviertel region in the monastery shop.
Speaking of the monastery shop: Not only can you buy the wines we tasted here, but also shop for all kinds of delicacies from near and far. You are guaranteed to find something here if you are looking for a nice gift for yourself or your family.
Guided tour of Reichersberg Abbey.
We visit Reichersberg Abbey with a member of the religious community of Augustinians. Their motto, Living with Joy, rings true when listening to how the abbey is run. Our tour includes the church, the museum and the library of the monastery – the latter a highlight of any visit to an abbey. At least for a bookworm like me!
An opportunity for Creative Travel: You can participate in an icon painting course, or a chamber orchestra rehearsal at Reichersberg Abbey.
The on-site education centre hosts a range of creative courses and seminars throughout the year; those who want can further their education on such special topics as icon painting. Very exciting for me, who loves creative travel (I would love to sign up immediately). At the time of our visit, a course is actually taking place; we chat with course instructor Helga Engelke, who has been running icon painting courses for almost 40 years!
In addition, a wide variety of musicians are rehearsing as part of a chamber music seminar in the magnificent Augustini Hall of the monastery. Wonderful clouds of sound keep reaching our ears as we stroll by!
Visit to the Herrengarten with nature and landscape guide Brigitte Gaisböck.
Last but not least, we are lucky enough to take part in a guided walk through the historic manor garden of the monastery. Conversations with the eloquent nature and landscape guide Brigitte Gaisböck lead us through the three parts of the manor garden, the English and Baroque parts and the rock garden.
We talk about the trend of “foresting”, the magic of a hundred-year-old lime tree, the pure feelings of enyjoing nature and the art of lingering in true tranquillity. The latter is not as easy as it might sound …!
Check out my picture travel gallery of Reichersberg and Seitenstetten Abbeys here. You can read more about visiting Seitenstetten Abbey in Lower Austria here.
Disclaimer: We have been invited by the Austrian Association of Monasteries, Abbeys & Convents “Klösterreich” on this trip to Reichersberg Abbey. All opinions are my own.